Dr Richard BuddLecturer in Higher Education
I am a Lecturer in Higher Education, and my main research interests relate to how we can conceptualise and investigate how different groups experience and negotiate being at - or working in - universities. Much of my work to date has been with students, but I am increasingly interested in the dynamics across and between staff and students. This incorporates relational and social justice questions around personal and professional identity, organisational cultures and practices, and the geographical and physical aspects of university campuses. I am particularly interested in exploring how these questions compare on a domestic, as well as international, basis. Alongside and within this work, I am actively involved in moves to decolonise higher education, Lancaster University, and my own practice.
Following a period working for government agencies in the UK and then New Zealand, I took a sabbatical period in Japan, teaching English for a few years. I then returned to university to take a Master's in Educational Research Methods and then an ESRC-funded PhD. After completing my doctorate I worked as a research assistant on a widening participation project as well as coordinating staff development partnership schemes between four universities. Before moving to Lancaster I was a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
I have recently completed an internally funded project on the awarding gap in relation to those from racial/ethnic minorities. Prior to this I was awarded funding by the Society for Research into Higher Education, for a project titled 'The 3-D University’, which explores how universities' organisational culture, social composition, and geography, influence students' experiences. Before coming to Lancaster I was a co-investigator on a four-person project investigating how different universities manage their doctoral provision in the face of complex policy, social, and cultural pressures.
BA (Hons) Psychology and Management - Leeds Trinity University
MSc Educational Research Methodology - University of Oxford
PhD Sociology of Higher Education - University of Bristol
PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Liverpool Hope University
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in research proposals which relate to: students' experiences of higher education; issues around the creation, implementation, and effects of (higher) education policy globally, nationally, and/or locally; educational inequalities; international comparisons of policy or student experiences.
Closing the Awarding Gap at Lancaster University
02/08/2021 → 29/07/2022
The ‘3-D University’? How do organisational culture, social composition, and geography mediate the student experience?
01/04/2019 → 31/12/2021
- Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation
- Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education