Professor Jo Richardson

Job: Associate Dean Research and Innovation / Professor of Housing and Social Research

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: Hugh Aston Building, The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8859

E: jrichardson@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/home.aspx

Social Media: twitter.com/Socialhousing

 

Personal profile

Jo is Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Business and Law, and she is Professor of Housing and Social Research.  Jo is a member of the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC).  As a qualitative social researcher, she focuses on using co-production methods within local communities in many of her projects.  Jo's broad interests cut across management, social policy and public policy disciplines.  Key areas include:

  • Social housing, including community-led initiatives and approaches
  • Negotiation, conflict resolution, emotion and resilience in accommodation provision and management
  • Discourse analysis and control of marginalised groups
  • Gypsy and Traveller accommodation, sited delivery and management
  • Identity, space and place

Research group affiliations

Local Governance Research Centre

Publications and outputs 

  • Place and Identity: The Performance of Home
    Place and Identity: The Performance of Home Richardson, Joanna
  • Blame and fear:Roma in the UK in a changing Europe
    Blame and fear:Roma in the UK in a changing Europe Richardson, Joanna; Codona, J. Anti-Gypsyism is not a new phenomenon. For centuries Roma have been blamed and feared; their social identities constructed to fulfil a function to be the visible ‘other’. The Brexit debate offered fertile, but well-trodden, ground for negative discourse. Whilst the impact of the debate was perceived as hostile by GTR, there was a further effect of GTR embodying three key gripping anti-EU arguments: sovereignty of policy making, immigration control and potential cost savings of withdrawing from the EU. The research shows the felt hostility by GTR and suggests that the successful performance of the social construction of Roma in the debate was vital to the hegemonic, anti-EU, fear and blame discourse of Brexit. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • Precarious living in liminal spaces: neglect of the Gypsy-Traveller site
    Precarious living in liminal spaces: neglect of the Gypsy-Traveller site Richardson, Joanna Gypsy and Traveller sites are precarious and liminal spaces to live. Insufficient in number and below standard in management and maintenance - the impact can result in poorer health and education outcomes, but also reduced community cohesion in society where conflicts occur over perceived values of spaces and of people. This article explores the precarious lives of Gypsies and Travellers who pursue a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle, and seeks to show how neglected or insufficient accommodation impacts on their perceived identity and exclusion. It examines the problems created by the neglect of the Gypsy-Traveller site and attempts to develop a framework for better understanding the precarity of such groups, who are seen to be different because of the spaces they inhabit. In developing a more nuanced framework of precariousness, particularly focusing on the overlap of relative and perceived precarity in liminal spaces, the article highlights the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers resident on sites and suggests that control is still exercised by the state over these ‘ghetto-like’ spaces, sometimes through neglect and sometimes through a move towards ‘mainstreaming’ management. The article helps to develop an understanding of Gypsy-Traveller site management, marginalisation and control, through the lens of precarity and within a frame of emerging theoretical concepts of the ghetto. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • The European End Street Homelessness Campaign: Leicester City Report
    The European End Street Homelessness Campaign: Leicester City Report Richardson, Joanna
  • Conflict Sites in a Time of Crisis: Negotiating a space and place for Gypsies and Travellers
    Conflict Sites in a Time of Crisis: Negotiating a space and place for Gypsies and Travellers Richardson, Joanna
  • Managing and Delivering Gypsy and Traveller Sites: negotiating conflict
    Managing and Delivering Gypsy and Traveller Sites: negotiating conflict Richardson, Joanna; Codona, J. The many symptoms of failure to provide sufficient sites to accommodate Gypsies and Travellers include poor health, anxiety, and an increasing disconnect from the broader community with Gypsies and Travellers, and poorer education outcomes for their children. Council officers and elected members receive complaints about unauthorised encampments and have difficulty responding if there are no appropriate alternatives. This is a complex problem with no ‘quick fix’ solution. But it is possible to deliver well-managed Gypsy and Traveller sites and, where that is achieved, encampments and associated problems also reduce. The evidence also shows that it is more cost effective than expensive police and court action to deal with unauthorised sites. Whilst challenges were found in the research, this report aims to bring balance and make counter arguments to the pervasive notion that all sites are problematic and that Gypsy and Traveller issues belong in the ‘too difficult’ pile of things to do by local authorities. The overriding message is that sites can be well-managed, sustainable and vital elements of a diverse community. Challenges can be overcome. Inequalities in treatment of Gypsies and Travellers must be addressed, and one element of that – an essential first step – is the provision of sufficient, appropriate, well-managed accommodation. The report, Managing and Delivering Gypsy and Traveller sites: negotiating conflict by Jo Richardson and Janie Codona MBE, looks in detail and with many case examples at what councils and housing associations are doing to develop and manage Gypsy and Traveller sites. Because it is the most detailed practical study in recent years, in which dozens of sites were visited and many interviews held with residents and with responsible staff, it will be invaluable for those who are planning, providing or managing sites. It is also a call to action for those councils who are ignoring the issue.
  • Rethinking professional practice: the logic of competition and the crisis of identity in housing practice
    Rethinking professional practice: the logic of competition and the crisis of identity in housing practice Manzi, Tony; Richardson, Joanna
  • Gypsy and Traveller Sites: Performance of Conflict and Protest; Sites of Protest
    Gypsy and Traveller Sites: Performance of Conflict and Protest; Sites of Protest Richardson, Joanna
  • Public Harm of Public Value? Towards coproduction in research with communities
    Public Harm of Public Value? Towards coproduction in research with communities Beebeejaun, Y.; Durose, Catherine; Rees, J.; Richardson, Joanna; Richardson, Liz
  • 'Beyond text': Exploring ethos and method in co-producing research with communities
    'Beyond text': Exploring ethos and method in co-producing research with communities Beebeejaun, Y.; Durose, Catherine; Rees, J.; Richardson, Joanna; Richardson, Liz

Key research outputs

Here is a selection of recent key publications:

Richardson, J, Barker, L, Furness, J and Simpson, M (2014) Frontline Futures: new era, changing role for housing officers, Coventry: CIH

Beebeejaun, Y, Durose, C, Rees, J, Richardson, J, and Richardson, L (2014) 'Public Value or Public Harm?  Towards co-production in research with communities' Environment and Planning C doi: 10.1068/c12116

Richardson, J (2013) 'Delivering housing learning in a tough environment' in Thornhill, J (2013) (Ed) Learning today, leading tomorrow: skills and learning for the housing industry of the future, Coventry: CIH

Beebeejaun, Y. Durose, C. Rees, J., Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2013) 'Beyond Text: exploring ethos and method in co-producing research with communities' Community Development Journal, Advance access published 14th February 2013

Richardson, J and Ryder, A (Eds) (2012) Gypsies and Travellers: Empowerment and Inclusion in British Society, Bristol: Policy Press

Durose, C. Beebeejaun, Y. Rees, J., Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2012) Towards Co-production in research with communities, AHRC online

Richardson, J (2012) Mobility and Community in: Susan J. Smith, Marja Elsinga, Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Ong Seow Eng, Susan Wachter, editors.  International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Vol 4.  Oxford: Elsevier; 2012. P302-306

Richardson, J (Ed) (2011) From Recession to Renewal: the impact of the financial crisis on public services and local government, Bristol: Policy Press

Richardson, J (Ed) (2010) Housing and the Customer: understanding needs and delivering services, Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing

Richardson, J (2007) Providing Gypsy/Traveller Sites: Contentious Spaces, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/providing-gypsy-and-traveller-sites-contentious-spaces

Richardson, J (2007) ‘Policing Gypsies and Travellers’ in Hayes, M and Acton, T. (Eds) Travellers, Gypsies, Roma: The Demonisation of Difference: Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press

Research interests/expertise

Policy, planning and practice in regard to Gypsies and Travellers, accommodation needs, social exclusion, social housing, customer insight, social marketing, co-production, restorative practices, conflict resolution.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Theory, December 2004, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Diploma in Registered Social Landlord Governance, January 2004, College of North East London, Middlesex University
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing Advanced Certificate in Marketing, June 2002, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • MSc Housing (distinction), June 1999, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • University Certificate in Housing (distinction) June 1997, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • BA (Hons) (2:1) Public Administration and Managerial Studies, June 1995, De Montfort University, Leicester

Courses taught

CIH MSc Housing Studies
MBA Housing

Membership of external committees

  • Member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies (since 2011).

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Member Chartered Management Institute
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing East Midlands Board
  • Member Political Studies Association
  • Member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies

Conference attendance

  • Oxley, M and Richardson, J (2014) 'Boosting affordable UK housing supply through conditional object incentives: can comparative studies and knowledge exchange help us learn lessons?', European Network Housing Researchers conference, July 2014, Edinburgh
  • Manzi, T and Richardson, J (2014) 'Welfare Professionalism, Critical Pedagogy and Reflective Practice: Confronting Contemporary Dilemmas in Housing Education' European Network Housing Researchers conference, July 2014, Edinburgh
  • Richardson, J (2013) 'The emotionomics of planning for home', RC43 International Sociological Association conference, Amsterdam, July 2013
  • Richardson, J (2013) 'Managing conflict in planning for Traveller sites', Social Policy Association Conference, Sheffield, July 2013
  • Richardson, J (2013) 'Developing resilience in social housing organisations: the need for customer and staff insight', European Network of Housing Researchers (ENHR) Conference, Tarragona, Spain, June 2013
  • Richardson, J (2012) 'Performance in Planning: Gypsy and Traveller Identity, the construction of conflict', Royal Anthropological Institute Conference, London, June 2012
  • Richardson, J (2010) ‘Discourse Dissonance: an examination of media, political and public discourse and its impact on policy implementation for Roma, Gypsies and Travellers at a local level’. Romani Mobilities conference, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, January.
  • Richardson, J and Thompson, P (2009) ‘Exploring learner participation in curriculum development towards employing more read/write approaches on a distance learning professional programme’. 8th European Conference on e-learning, Bari, Italy, October.
  • Richardson, J (2008) ‘A race apart: how the lack of residence for Gypsies and Travellers engenders conflict’.  Seminar paper to the European Network of Housing Researchers’ conference, July, Dublin, Ireland.  

Consultancy work

  • Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange, Evaluation of Asset Based Community Development Project, September 2014 to July 2017
  • Melton Borough Council 2014, Project leader at DMU on evaluation of 'Me and My Learning' project
  • 2013 - 2014 Chartered Institute of Housing Frontline Futures, Future of the Housing Officer.
  • March - September 2013 Somerset Councils Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Update
  • September 2012 - January 2013 Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Update
  • March - June 2012 Principal delivering bespoke customer insight training for Seven Locks Housing association in Leicestershire
  • 2012 Principal Investigator Wessex Community Assets community land trust (Somerset) evaluation project
  • October 2009 - November 2010 Principal Investigator for Somerset Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
  • June - November 2010 Principal Investigator Cambridgeshire Gypsy and Traveller Strategy

Current research students

Jo would be interested to hear from prospective research students who are interested in social housing, excluded communities, Gypsies and Travellers, negotiation and conflict resolution in housing and planning.

Jo has successfully supervised two PhDs to completion recently.

Jo is currently supervising the following students:

  • Janie Codona, Public Policy p/t MPhil/PhD student - 1st supervisor
  • Trevor Pask, Public Policy p/t MPhil/PhD student - 1st supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation (July 2014 to Summer 2016), Principal Investigator 'Co-producing conflict resolution methods for Gypsy and Traveller Sites'
  • Economic and Social Research Council, Knowledge Exchange Project on Boosting Affordable Housing Supply, led by Professor Mike Oxley
  • ESRC seminar series funding (2012 - 2013) Jo was Principal Investigator running a series of three seminars on Gypsy and Traveller issues with a central theme of conflict resolution.  Partner organisations include Cornell University, Bristol,  Sheffield and Buckinghamshire New University
  • AHRC Connected Communities project on problematising co-production, on team led by Catherine Durose, DMU (2011)
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation on sites for Gypsies and Travellers; 2005 - 2007 Principal Investigator

Internally funded research project information

  • 2014 - £1,250 core funding for conflict resolution project in Leeds
  • 2013 - £300 core funding for urban community land trust evaluation project
  • 2009 - Early Career Researcher funding (£1000) to enable me to examine planning data for Gypsy and Traveller sites
  • 2010 - Revolving Investment Fund for Research Building Capacity to Impact on Policy and Practice (project led by Catherine Durose)

Case studies

Jo has been invited by the Local Government Association to be on the advisory panel for their 2015 Housing Commission.

In March 2015, upon invitation from the British Embassy in Romania, Jo gave a speech as part of human rights debate in Bucharest, on the representation of Roma in the media.

In 2014 Jo was invited to speak about the Frontline Futures research at the Chartered Institute of Housing national conferences in Manchester and Cardiff respectively.  She also presented findings to a senior management group at Wheatley Housing Group, who sponsored the research.

Jo led an ESRC funded seminar series in 2012 and 2013 with co-investigators from Bristol, Bucks New, Cornell and Sheffield Universities.  The concluding seminar was held at Westminster with support from the All Party Parliamentary Roma, Gypsies and Travellers in included guest speakers from Harvard and the University and Amsterdam as well as community members, journalists and parliamentarians.

Invited member on panel interviewing expert witnesses in the House of Lords on the impact of the Localism Bill, with Lord Avebury, Baroness Whitaker, Lord Boswell, Rory Stewart MP and Professor Acton (3rd February 2011).

Upon invitation, attended the Scholars Meeting on Representation of Roma in the Media, held in Warsaw, Poland, March 16th-17th, 2010.  Hosted by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Key note speaker at the Communities and Local Government conference on Gypsies and Travellers, 15th May 2008; at the East of England Regional Assembly conference on 17th April 2008, and invited to speak to the HouseMark Major Cities Group conference on 8th May 2008.

Research into the impact of Circular ODPM 1/06 on planning decisions for Gypsy and Traveller sites; for Lord Eric Avebury in 2007; £1000 seed-corn funding.  This work was noted for its contribution by Lord Avebury and was cited in the Briscoe report of December 2007.

Media

Jo has appeared in the media on the subject of housing (in March 2015 as part of the Leicester and Leicestershire Homes for Britain relay) and on the topic of Gypsies and Travellers - on the BBC Radio 5 Live drive time programme in 2005 (as well as BBC Radio Leicester and SAGA FM) and in 2008 she did an interview for BBC Radio Three Counties on site provision.

On 30th August 2010, Jo was on television for BBC Breakfast News in an interview with Clive Myrie on the change in government targets for Gypsy site provision.  Jo took part in a BBC Radio Leicester documentary programme on 4th March 2011, and spoke to BBC Radio Somerset about accommodation needs for Gypsies and Travellers on 7th March 2011.  Jo advised researchers for BBC's Countryfile programme on a report on Gypsy and Traveller sites that was broadcast on 21st June 2015.  Jo has also contributed to a number of programmes for BBC Radio Leicester and written short articles for the Leicester Mercury.

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