Richard’s primary research interests are leisure cycling and cycle tourism; he also has a broader interest in active mobility and local economic and social justice. A Senior Research Fellow based in the Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise, he has collaborated with a wide range of academic and non-academic partners since joining the university in 2004. Recently he has worked on a variety of European projects and studies.
Richard has led the Institute of Transport and Tourism since 2010 and undertaken research and consultancy for a wide range of organisations from local advocacy groups to the European Union, including as principle investigator on several studies for the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament.
His research experience is primarily in the economic impacts of tourism interventions but has worked on a broad spectrum of areas within transport and tourism, including modal shift (for both leisure and everyday travel), tourism labelling, community rail, long distance footpaths, industrial heritage and local economic multipliers.
With over 15-years’ experience of research into transport and tourism Richard is regularly invited to speak at events across Europe, to both academic and non-academic audiences.
Prior to joining the university, Richard worked as an ESRC Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University, developing a methodology for assessing the economic viability of urban housing.
- PhD Housing Economics, Nottingham Trent University, 2007
- BA (Hons) Economics, Staffordshire University, 2000
- Cycle tourism
- Active mobility
- Local economic and social sustainability