Lindsay Richards

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  Nuffield College


Lindsay Richards

Departmental Lecturer


Lindsay Richards is a quantitative sociologist with interests in social change, status, social cohesion, attitudes, and health and well-being.

She obtained her PhD in 2015 from the University of Manchester with a thesis on the role of social connectedness in the money-happiness relationship. From 2014 to 2018 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, during which she 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.

Since joining the Sociology Department in 2018, her research has focused on the consequences of social mobility and social status for attitudes and health, the relationship between economic inequality and social relationships, and the complex relationship between identities and political views. She has written blog posts for The Conversation, the British Academy, and LSE Politics, and her 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.