Prof. Dr. Lizzie Richardson


Lizzie joined the Department of Human Geography in 2020 as a Junior Professor in Digital Geography. She has held research and teaching positions at the University of Sheffield, Durham University and the University of Cambridge. She has received external funding for her previous research projects in the UK from the Leverhulme Trust, RGS-IBG and the Economic and Social Research Council.  

Geographies of work

Lizzie research has primarily examined how work constitutes different geographies and how geography makes a difference to definitions and practices of work. The interest lies in the contingent production of space in working activity, which enables forms of work definition and differentiation that involve diverse politics and agencies.

  • Richardson, L. (2020) ‘Coordinating office space: digital technologies and the platformization of work.’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space [online first].
  • Richardson, L. & Thieme, T. (2020) ‘Planning working futures: precarious work through carceral space.’ Social and Cultural Geography 21 (1): 25-44.
  • Richardson, L. & Bissell, D. (2019) ‘Geographies of digital skill.’ Geoforum 99: 278-286.
  • Richardson, L. (2018) ‘Feminist geographies of digital work.’ Progress in Human Geography 42 (2): 244-263.
  • Richardson, L. (2017) ‘Sharing as a postwork style: digital work and the co-working office.’ Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 10 (2): 297–310.
  • Richardson, L. (2016) ‘Sharing knowledge: performing co-production in collaborative artistic work.’ Environment and Planning A 48: 2256-2271.
  • Richardson, L. (2013) ‘Working at the ambivalence of race: ethnomimesis and the cancellation of St Paul's Carnival.’ Social and Cultural Geography 14(6): 710-730.

Economy and culture

Lizzie’s research foregrounding the politics of definition of work has led to an interest in performances and performativity of “the economy”.

  • Richardson, L. (2019) ‘Culturalisation and devices: what is culture in cultural economy?’ Journal of Cultural Economy 12: 228-241.
  • Richardson, L. (2015) ‘Performing the sharing economy.’ Geoforum 67: 121-129.

Technology and space

The question of technologies in work definition has resulted in a concern with the role of technology in constituting space and reciprocally with how spatial practices shape technology.

  • Richardson, L. (2020) ‘Coordinating the city: platforms as flexible spatial arrangements.’ Urban Geography 41 (3), 458-461.
  • Richardson, L. (2020) ‘Platforms, markets and contingent calculation: the flexible arrangement of the delivered meal.’ Antipode 52 (3), 619-636.
  • Cockayne, D. & Richardson, L. (2017) ‘Queering code/space: the co-production of socio-sexual codes and digital technologies.’ Gender, Place and Culture 24 (11), 1642-1658.