After 5 years experience in the private sector, Richard completed a B.Sc (hons) in Society and Technology at Middlesex Polytechnic. He then undertook an ESRC sponsored M.Sc at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex and spent a further 18 months working as a Research Officer contributing to the official evaluation of the UK Alvey Programme. After returning to the private sector for 3 years (working in Italy), he obtained a Post Graduate Teaching Qualification from the University of the West of England (UWE), and spent the next 5 years as a secondary school teacher and Head of Department for technology attached to the Government Teaching Service Management (TSM) in Botswana. During this time he commenced a DFID-sponsored PhD with the University of Manchester, and upon obtaining his doctorate, joined IDPM where he has since carried out teaching, research and consultancy concerning the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and international development.
He has journal publications in the areas of Information Systems and Development, Development Informatics and ICTs for Development (ICT4D), and has contributed book chapters as well as writing a range of other working papers and reports. He regularly reviews submissions for some leading development and ICT4D journals, and was an invited speaker at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005. He has acted as an external PhD examiner at universities in the UK, Africa and Australia, and as a research assessor. He has also carried out consultancy for the UK Department for International Development, UNIDO, UNCTAD and The World Bank. He has been an active researcher on three large international research contracts concerning ICT, enterprise and development, and has coordinated the work of partner organizations in India and Uganda.
Botswana, India, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana