Dr Jo Richardson
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Jo Richardson is a Principal Lecturer in the Centre for Comparative Housing Research (CCHR) at De Montfort University, Leicester, and has been with CCHR for ten years.
Research Interests and Activities
Jo has a range of experience in housing and support research (choice-based lettings with Tim Brown and Ros Lishman, project lead for Supporting People evaluation report for Cornwall County Council in 2004, and project lead for two Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments – East Kent in 2007 and Somerset 2009-2010), and more latterly has focused on Gypsy and Traveller research. Her book on the impact of discourse on Gypsies and Travellers was published in 2006, and her report on site provision for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) was published by the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2007, and was launched in the Houses of Parliament. In addition to the study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, she has also undertaken some work for Lord Avebury on planning decisions following the implementation of Circular 1/06 (since abolished in 2010), and has provided advice to the East Midlands Regional Assembly ahead of the Examination in Public of their draft regional spatial strategy, as well as leading the Gypsy Traveller Accommodation Assessments for East Kent and Somerset. She has also appeared in the media on the subject 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 August 30th 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’s most recent publications are:
Richardson, J (Ed) (2010) 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: CIH/HSA