Dr Richard Crisp

Job title: 
Reader, BA, MSc, PhD

Phone 0114 225 6297

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.

Research interests

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

Current/recent research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects:

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 (WY-FI) multiple and complex needs programme, DISC. Role: Project manager.

2017-2018 Tackling transport-related barriers to employment in low income neighbourhoods, JRF. Role: Director. 

2016 Tackling poverty in city regions through housing and planning policy, JRF. Role: Director.

2016 Community-led approaches to tackling poverty in neighbourhoods, JRF. Role: Director.

2015-16 Developing a framework of indicators for measuring inclusive growth, JRF. Role: Director.

2013-14 The impact of regeneration on poverty - evidence and policy review, JRF. Role: Director.

Selected research reports

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

Beatty,C., Crisp, R. and Gore, T. (2020) Co-design in the WorkingWin programme: good practice and learning. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., Fletcher, D.R., Parr, S. and Wilson, I. (2020) West-Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI): Effectiveness, outcomes and impact - Final evaluation report 2020. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R. and Waite, D. (2020) Inclusive growth under a COVID-19 recovery. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Archer, T., Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Green, S., McCarthy, L., Moore, T., Mullins, D., Pattison, B. and Sacranie, H. (2019) Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Crisp, R., Ferrari, E., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Wells, P. (2019) Strong Economies, Better Places. London: Labour Party.

Crisp, R., Damm, C., Green, A., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E. and Wells, P. (2018) Talent Match Evaluation: Progression to Employment. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., Cole, I., Eadson, W., Ferrari, E., Powell, R. and While, A. (2017) Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions. York: JRF.

Crisp, R., Gore, T. and McCarthy, L. (2017) Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Batty, E., Crisp, R., Green, S., Platts-Fowler, D. and Robinson, D. (2016) Whole Household Key Worker Interventions: Learning from Sheffield. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Crisp, R. and Gore, T. (2016) An inclusive growth monitor for measuring the relationship between poverty and growth. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Academic publications

Crisp, R.and Powell, R. (2017) Youth unemployment, interdependence and power: tensions and resistance within an alternative, 'co-produced' employment programme. In: Bevir, M., McKee, K. and Matthews, P. (eds.) Decentring urban governance: Narratives, resistance and contestation. Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy. Abingdon, Routledge, 38-64.

Crisp, R. and 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), pp. 1784-1807.

Crisp , R., Gore, T. and 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), pp. 167-187.

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), pp. 324-339.

Crisp, R. (2012) Conceptualising Local Approaches to Tackling Worklessness: The New Deal for Communities Programme as Neo-liberal ‘Flanking Strategy'? Space and Polity, 16 (2), pp. 233-251.

Crisp, R., Roberts, E. and Simmonds, D. (2011) 'Do-gooders, pink or fluffy, social workers' need not apply? An exploration of the experiences of third sector organisations in the European Social Fund and Work Programme. People, Place and Policy, 5 (2), pp. 76-88.

Crisp, R. (2009) Motivation, morals and justice: Discourses of worklessness in the welfare reform green paper. People, Place and Policy, 2 (3), pp. 172-185.

Crisp, R., Macmillan, R., Robinson, D. and Wells, P. (2009) Continuity or Change? Considering the policy implications of a Conservative government. People, Place and Policy, 3 (1), pp. 58-74.

Purdam, K. and 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), pp. 169-186.

Recent conference and seminar papers

Please contact me for a copy of any of the following:

Crisp, R. and Lupton, R. (2017) Inclusive growth - what can it offer residents in low income neighbourhoods?, RSA Great Awakenings conference, Dublin, June 2017.

Crisp, R. (2016) Can devolution deliver inclusive growth?, Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies (SIPS), Sheffield Hallam University, November 2016.

Crisp R. (2016) Do spatially targeted initiatives improve health and well-being?,National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) seminar series, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, September 2016.

Crisp R., and Powell, R. (2016) Youth unemployment, interdependence and power: tensions and resistance within an alternative, “co-produced” employment programme, Governing social and spatial inequalities under enduring austerity, Sheffield, July 2016.

Crisp, R. (2013) Dependency, fairness and sharing the pain: exploring the perceptions and responses of private landlords to the Local Housing Allowance reforms.Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Sheffield, July 2013.

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Key clients

Community Voluntary Partners (CVP)
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Third Sector European Network
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
Yorkshire Forward
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