Richard Crisp is a Reader at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. He specialises in research on poverty, worklessness, social and spatial inequality and inclusive growth and has led projects for a range of organisations, including central government departments, local authorities and, research charities.
Richard is currently working on a number of related projects for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looking at how economic development can deliver ‘inclusive growth’ that benefits low-income households in the context of the wider devolution of new powers to city regions in England. This includes a study of how the transport-related barriers to employment facing residents in low income neighbourhoods can be addressed. He has also recently completed research that explored how city regions can tackle poverty through housing and planning policy.
Richard is also a member of teams undertaking two separate six-year evaluations of projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund: The West Yorkshire Finding Independence project which supports individuals with complex needs; and the England-wide Talent Match programme to help young unemployed people find paid work.
- poverty social and spatial inequalities
- worklessness, welfare-to-work and welfare reform
- urban regeneration
- housing and planning
- inclusive growth
- sub-national governance
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
2013-2019 Evaluation of the Talent Match programme to tackle youth unemployment, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Team member.
2014-2019 Evaluation of the West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WYFI) multiple and complex needs programme, DISC (Project Manager).
2017 Tackling the transport-related barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Director.
2016 Tackling poverty in city regions through housing and planning policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Director).
2016 Community-led approaches to tackling poverty in neighbourhoods, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, (Director).
2015 Developing a framework of indicators for measuring inclusive growth, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, (Director).
2013-2014 The impact of regeneration on poverty - evidence and policy review, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, (Director).
Crisp, R., & Powell, R. (2017). Young people and UK labour market policy : a critique of "employability" as a tool for understanding youth unemployment. Urban Studies, 54 (8), 1784-1807. http://doi.org/10.1177/0042098016637567
Crisp, R., Gore, T., & Pearson, S. (2015). Rethinking the impact of regeneration on poverty: a (partial) defence of a 'failed' policy. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 23 (3), 167-187. http://doi.org/10.1332/175982715X14443317211905
Crisp, R., Eadson, W., Cole, I., Dayson, C., Escott, K., Fothergill, S., ... Robinson, D. (2015). Election commentaries. People, Place and Policy, 9 (1), 65-89. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0009.0001.0005
Crisp, R. (2013). ‘Communities with oomph’? Exploring the potential for stronger social ties to revitalise disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (2), 324-339. http://doi.org/10.1068/c11122
Crisp, R. (2012). Conceptualising local approaches to tackling worklessness through neoliberal frameworks : the New Deal for Communities Programme as classic 'flanking strategy'. Space and Polity, 16 (2), 233-251. http://doi.org/10.1080/13562576.2012.725583
Purdam, K., & Crisp, R. (2009). Measuring the impact of community engagement on policy making in the UK: a local case study. Journal of Civil Society, 5 (2), 169-186. http://doi.org/10.1080/17448680903162710
Lupton, R., & Crisp, R. (2018). Regeneration redux? What (if anything) can we learn from New Labour? In Needham, C., Heins, E., & Rees, J. (Eds.) Analysis and debate in social policy. (pp. 209-228). Bristol: Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv3hh50d
Crisp, R., & Powell, R. (2017). Youth unemployment, interdependence and power: tensions and resistance within an alternative, 'co-produced' employment programme. In Bevir, M., McKee, K., & Matthews, P. (Eds.) Decentring urban governance: Narratives, resistance and contestation. (pp. 38-64). Abingdon: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Decentring-Urban-Governance-Narratives-Resistance-and-Contestation/Bevir-McKee-Matthews/p/book/9781138229372
Archer, T., Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Moore, T., ... Sacranie, H. (2019). Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/scaling-social-lettings-scope-impact-and-barriers-0
Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Fothergill, S., Gore, T., & Wells, P. (2019). Strong economies, better places. London: Labour. http://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/11910_18-STRONG-ECONOMIES-BETTER-PLACES-WEB.pdf
Crisp, R., Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., & Wells, P. (2018). Talent Match Evaluation: Progression to Employment. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2018.3322694645
Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Gore, T., Green, S., Mccarthy, L., Rae, A., ... Stevens, M. (2018). Tackling transport-related barriers to employment in low-income neighbourhoods. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Crisp, R., Gore, T., & Mccarthy, L. (2017). Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2017.3465773384
Crisp, R., Cole, I., Eadson, W., Ferrari, E., Powell, R., & While, A. (2017). Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/jrf-tackling-poverty-housing-planning-city-regions.pdf
While, A., Gore, T., Eadson, W., & Crisp, R. (2016). Major development projects: connecting people in poverty to jobs. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www.jrf.org.uk/
Crisp, R., Mccarthy, L., Parr, S., & Pearson, S. (2016). Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/community-led-approaches-to-reducing-poverty-in-neighbourhoods.pdf
Crisp, R., Rae, A., Hamilton, R., & Powell, R. (2016). Overcoming deprivation and disconnection in UK cities. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/overcoming-deprivation-disconnection-uk-cities.pdf
Crisp, R., Rae, A., Hamilton, R., & Powell, R. (2016). Overcoming deprivation and disconnection in UK cities - summary. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/overcoming-deprivation-disconnection-uk-cities-summary.pdf
Crisp, R., Eadson, W., & While, A. (2016). Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tackling-poverty-housing-planning-city-regions.pdf
Beatty, C., Crisp, R., & Gore, T. (2016). An inclusive growth monitor for measuring the relationship between poverty and growth. Sheffield: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/inclusive-growth-monitor-poverty-growth_0.pdf
Crisp, R., & Gore, A. (2016). Inclusive Growth Monitor: Technical Notes. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/jrf-inclusive-growth-technical-notes.pdf
Green, S., Robinson, D., Batty, E., Crisp, R., & Platts-Fowler, D. (2016). Whole Household Key Worker Interventions: Learning from Sheffield. CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/whole-household-key-worker-interventions-sheffield_0.pdf
Crisp, R., Powell, R., Bashir, N., & Parr, S. (2015). Talent Match Case Study Theme Report: Mental health and well-being. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tm-mental-health-wellbeing-2015.pdf
Bashir, N., Crisp, R., Powell, R., & Atfield, G. (2014). Talent Match case study theme report : "A challenge to the status quo" : early experiences of involving young people in the Talent Match programme. Big Lottery Fund.
Crisp, R., Green, A., & Fletcher, D. (2014). Talent Match Case Study Theme Report: Partnership Working and Development. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tm-case-study-theme-report-partnership-2014.pdf
Crisp, R., Pearson, S., & Gore, A. (2014). Reducing poverty in the UK: a collection of evidence reviews. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/reducing-poverty-uk-evidence-reviews.pdf
Crisp, R., Green, A., & Wells, P. (2014). Talent Match Evaluation and Learning Contract: 2013-19 - Partnerships and Service Delivery: an evidence review. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tm-evidence-review-partnerships.pdf
Crisp, R., Gore, T., Pearson, S., Tyler, P., Clapham, D., Muir, J., & Robertson, D. (2014). Regeneration and poverty: evidence and policy review. Final report. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/regeneration-and-poverty-evidence-and-policy-review-pdf-126-mb
Bashir, N., Crisp, R., Dayson, C., & Gilbertson, J. (2013). Final evaluation of the Volunteering for Stronger Communities programme. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/volunteering-stronger-communities.pdf
Bashir, N., Crisp, R., Dayson, C., & Gilbertson, J. (2013). Making a difference: good practice and learning from the Volunteering for Stronger Communities programme. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/volunteering-stronger-communities-good-practice.pdf
Crisp, R., Gore, A., & Powell, R. (2012). Scoping Study on Worklessness & Employability. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/scoping-study-worklessness.pdf
Crisp, R., & Dayson, C. (2011). Delivering Outcomes for the Local Voluntary and Community Sector. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/delivering-outcomes-local-vcs.pdf
Dayson, C., Parr, S., Wells, P., Crisp, R., & Batty, E. (2011). Social Investment and its Impact: The Evaluation of Charity Bank in the North. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/social-investment-impact-charity-bank-north-full.pdf
Dayson, C., Wells, P., Batty, E., Crisp, R., & Parr, S. (2011). Social investment and its impact: the evaluation of charity bank in the north: executive summary. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/social-investment-impact-charity-bank-north.pdf
Crisp, R., Atkinson, M., McNeil, T., & Roberts, D. (2011). Tackling Worklessness in Birmingham: Learning from the Evaluation of the WNF Innovation Fund. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tackling-worklessness-birmingham.pdf
Allmark, P., Salway, S., Crisp, R., & Barley, R. (2010). Ethnic minority customers of the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service: an evidence review. London: Department for Work and Pensions. http://campaigns.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2009-2010/rrep684.pdf
Dayson, C., Pearson, S., Crisp, R., & Wilson, I. (2010). The experience of third sector subcontractors in the European Social Fund 2007-13 Programme. Third Sector European Network. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tsen-experience-third-sector.pdf
Wells, P., Roberts, D., McNeill, T., Crisp, R., & Gore, A. (2010). High Level Skills in Yorkshire and the Humber: Understanding the Drivers of Change - Phase 2 Realist Synthesis. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/yf-high-level-skills-phase-two-synthesis.pdf
Wells, P., Roberts, D., McNeill, T., Crisp, R., & Gore, A. (2010). High Level Skills in Yorkshire and Humber - Understanding the Drivers of Change: Summary. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/yf-high-level-skills-y&h-drivers-summary.pdf
Wells, P., Roberts, D., McNeill, T., Crisp, R., & Gore, A. (2010). High Level Skills in Yorkshire and Humber: Understanding the Drivers of Change - Phase 1 High Level Skills Context. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/yf-high-level-skills-phase-one-skills-context.pdf
Crisp, R., Gore, A., & Wells, P. (2009). Evidence review of the impact of the ESF on those furthest from the labour market 2007 - 2013. Third Sector European Network. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/tsen-evidence-review.pdf
Crisp, R., Fothergill, S., Gore, A., & Platts-Fowler, D. (2009). Sheffield Worklessness Study. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/sheffield-worklessness-study.pdf
Fletcher, D., & Crisp, R. (2008). A comparative review of workfare programmes in the United States, Canada and Australia. Department for Work and Pensions. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/review-workfare-usa-canada-australia.pdf
Theses / Dissertations
Preece, J. (2015). Residential mobility, work and belonging in low-income communities. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hickman, P., & Crisp, R.