Paul Richards

Born in 1945. Studied at London University (QMC and SOAS) 1963-67. External London PhD, 1977. Lectured in University of Ibadan 1968-1974, University of London SOAS (1975-79), University of London UCL (1980-2006). Professor of Anthropology 1992-1999. Honorary Professor of Anthropology (to date). Professor of Technology and Agrarian Development Wageningen University (1993-2010). Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Yale University, 2011. Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, Njala University (from 2012). Fieldwork in western Nigeria (1968-1975) and southern and eastern Sierra Leone, and western Liberia, at various times from 1977 to present.

Main research interests: peasant farmer experimentation, farmer selection pressure on African rice, forest-edge livelihood strategies, youth and rural insurgency in Liberia and Sierra Leone, ritual amplifiers and regulators of violent conflict, local adaptation to Ebola virus disease in Upper West Africa, technology as human instrumentality.

Honorary fellow
Wageningen University
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