Lindsay Richards

lindsay richards


  Nuffield College


Lindsay Richards

Departmental Lecturer


I am a quantitative sociologist with an interest in the consequences of social inequalities within the UK, and in comparative perspective.

I completed my PhD in Manchester in 2015 with a thesis on social connectedness and the money-happiness relationship. From 2014 to 2018, I was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, during which I worked on a collaborative project mapping out social progress in Britain in the post-war period, and on a project tracking attitudes over the course of the Brexit negotiations.

My research activities focus on socioeconomic status and various outcomes including health and wellbeing (a range of outcome measures from self-rated health and life satisfaction to frailty and allostatic load), attitudes (especially attitudes to immigration), and migration intentions. I am interested in the mechanisms by which socioeconomic status exerts its influence on life, including the role of resources in early life, psychosocial aspects of status, social connections, and identities. I usually use survey data and have a particular interest in using longitudinal data for the dynamic process they reveal, and methodological rigor they allow.

My research outputs include publications in academic journals that span sociology, politics, and epidemiology, as well as several reports for wider audiences. I have written blog posts for The Conversation, the British Academy, and LSE Politics, and my academic articles have been published in Epidemiology and Community Health, British Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.



Lindsay is the course convenor for Sociological Analysis, a core module for MSc and MPhil students in the Sociology department. The course covers different types of sociological analysis including: rational action theory, signalling, social networks, social integration and diffusion. She also teaches quantitative methods to undergraduate students in Human Sciences, Psychology and Biomedical Sciences.