Richard has a PhD from the London School of Economics for a thesis exploring the ethics and practices of journalistic witnessing in South Sudan, that was awarded the Firoz Lalji PhD Thesis Prize in 2020. He also holds an MA in media studies from Rhodes University and an MPP in public policy and conflict from Universität Erfurt. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Comunication at the University of Pennsylvania and an assistant professor at the Center for Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Groningen.
Richard's research interests include work on the ethics and practices of witnessing in wartime and humanitarian situations; affect and emotion in journalism and media work; humanitarian communication; the mediation of war; ethics of humanitarian image-making and circulation and the episteic structures of conflict spaces.He has published in journals including Journalism, Journalism Practice and Media, War and Conflict, as well as presenting at regional and international conferences, including IAMCT, ICA and ISA. Richard is presently the chair of the ECREA temporary working group on the ethics of mediated suffering, the coordinator of the Witnessing reading group, a reviews editor for Media, War and Conflict and an external examiner for the University of Groningen.
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