Richard supervises all BOP’s major research projects, ensuring our methods are analytically rigorous and appropriate to the task in hand. He brings theoretical insights to bear on issues of public policy concern, while offering practical solutions for our clients. His work has broken fresh intellectual ground in fields such as the development of frameworks for measuring the economic and social impacts of cultural activities.
Richard has 20+ years of applied research and consultancy in both the private sector and academia. He leads BOP’s research and evaluation work, with particular expertise in social and economic impact; project and programme evaluation; creative industries mapping and cultural statistics; business support and skills development; urban and regional development, intellectual property, innovation and organisational change. Richard’s recent and ongoing projects include a nine country comparative study of online copyright enforcement for the UK’s Intellectual Property Office; the overall evaluation of the £13m 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural programme; a creative industries mapping and knowledge exchange programme for Peru, with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the evaluation of the £68m Catalyst programme for Arts Council England; and the social and economic impact of the Royal Opera House’s work in Thurrock. Before joining BOP, Richard worked in academia as a Research Associate at CURDS, a 5-rated, international multi-disciplinary research centre at Newcastle University, and undertook research and knowledge transfer projects on digital media for the innovative nmk project at the University of Westminster. With BOP, Richard has international experience of working in four continents, on contracts that have taken in countries as diverse as China, Taiwan, Brazil, South Africa, Perú, Vietnam, Jordan and Cuba.