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Richard Crisp

Richard Crisp BA, MSc, PhD



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.

  • About

    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.

    Research interests

    • poverty social and spatial inequalities
    • worklessness, welfare-to-work and welfare reform
    • urban regeneration
    • housing and planning
    • inclusive growth
    • sub-national governance
  • Research

    • 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).

  • Publications

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