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Rich Pickford

Rich Pickford

Manager - Nottingham Civic Exchange

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Civic Exchange


Rich takes the lead on facilitating connections between researchers, communities, businesses and citizens and maximising the impact of Nottingham Civic Exchange's work. He has a passion for working with people in a variety of settings and across topic areas. He has developed a focus on the informal economy over recent years and recently completed a secondment to the C19 National Foresight Group.

Rich leads Nottingham Civic Exchange with the support of its Steering Group to maximise current expertise and knowledge and develop new opportunities.

Career overview

Rich has a background in outdoor education and youth work, and prior to working with NTU he was based at the RSA supporting their work across Wales and the Midlands.

Research areas

Through his role, Rich supports research across a broad range of topics and subjects and works with academics and partners to maximise its reach and impact alongside playing a central role in the Work, Informalisation and Place Research Centre at NTU. He holds an MA in Early Modern British History and is always keen to talk about travel writing in Ireland and 18th century popular protest alongside policy engagement, impact, the value of NTUs social Science research, knowledge exchange and labour market non-compliance.

External activity

Rich is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Press expertise

The informal economy

Labour Market  Exploitation

Knowledge Exchange and Policy Engagement

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