Richard is leading development of the Institute’s City Observatory, drawing together urban data to allow cities to be seen in new ways and effective solutions to be created for urban issues. As part of the Institute, he has been European coordinator for the STEP UP EU programme a €3.7m FP7 partnership between Glasgow; Gothenburg; Riga and Ghent – involving cities, universities and commercial partners – to create integrated urban sustainability plans. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Economic Research Institute, specialising in energy policy and sustainable cities. Richard previously held a range of senior posts in Scottish Government including Head of Energy Policy, Head of Digital Inclusion, Head of E-government policy, and Head of Corporate ICT strategy.
He has over 15 years experience working in government, advising Ministers from all major political parties on a wide range of policy areas, working with national and international organisations to deliver government objectives.