Richard undertakes a two-year research project examining the University's historic links to slavery.

Tell us about your role at the University.

I am a lecturer focusing on the history of slavery and abolition in Africa and the African Diaspora. I am undertaking a two-year research project examining the legacy of historic slavery to the University of Aberdeen within the context of the broader region.

How do you usually start your day?

Emails, reading, and writing. Usually in that order. I find reading the work of others is a useful stimulant and inspiration for the more difficult task of writing. But all of this comes after coffee and a peak at my Outlook calendar for the day.

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

There is a great amount of work being done in Scotland on the histories and legacies of empire. This was a unique opportunity to be a part of these discussions within a 525-year-old university.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Historians like archives and museums. Much of my current work involves working with curators and archivists at Aberdeen and exploring the university’s incredible collections.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

I am developing new modules on the history of Africa and the African Diaspora that I will be teaching from 2021 onward. The COVID pandemic has made it difficult to get to know students, but the University has some very active student societies and it has been great working with them on online events.

How do you like to relax outside work?

So far, it has been getting to know Aberdeen and the region having moved from Cornwall in August. Getting back into running has been a great way to explore. I think I have settled on a route past St Machar's Cathedral and through Seaton Park. I have also dusted off my old snare drumming sticks and have been practicing for any pipe band that will take me.