Richard researches the growing field of ICT4D information and communication technologies for development. This seeks to understand the relationships between information technologies (the Internet, computing, mobile telephony, etc) and key socio-economic development processes such as poverty alleviation, economic growth, social equality, and environmental sustainability. Richard is part of the Development Informatics Group, the largest academic group dedicated to ICT4D work in the UK.
The Group's research outputs can be found in two edited working paper series
; one on Development Informatics, one on iGovernment. Each series also contains a set of short Briefing Papers.
Richard's main research interests include:
a) Mobile phones and development (m-development): research concerning mobile phones for finance, agricultural and rural development in developing countries
b) ICT innovation systems: focusing on university-industry links and commercialisation of research in developing countries.
c) The impact of information and communication technology on the business enterprise sector in developing countries.
d) E-commerce and small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia.