Richard is a consultant specialising in work on conflict, development and peace, and in the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. Since 2001 he has worked on a wide range of strategy, programme, project and advisory assignments for UNDP in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen, and regionally, and for the UK Stabilisation Unit, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, International Alert, and the EU. He has also worked for the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office, UNHCR, UN Women, the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and the UN political mission in Yemen.
Richard is the author of Darfur and the International Community: The Challenges of Conflict Resolution in Sudan (2011). He has a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and was a visiting fellow at Durham University in 2015. He has written for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Oxford Analytica and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Richard is a trustee of the Sudanese Programme and a member of the steering committee of the Oxford Network for Peace Studies.