Prior to moving to SOAS in 2013, he was founding Head of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. Richard is widely published on issues concerning migration, refugees, development and environmental change. He was editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies from 1994-2009 and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2012. His books include A continent moving west? (Amsterdam, 2010), Targeting Development (Routledge, 2004) and Refugees, Environment and Development (Longman, 1998) and he has recent articles in Nature, Nature Climate Change, and Global Environmental Change. Richard has field experience across various countries of sub-Saharan Africa and southern/south-eastern Europe.