Dr Richard Craven


School of Law

Senior Lecturer in Law

Director of Student Recruitment

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Dr Richard Craven
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I joined the School of Law as a senior lecturer in 2019, having previously held lectureships at the University of Leicester (2015-19) and Northumbria University (2012-15).

My academic interests concern administrative law and market regulation. In my research, I focus on government buying and selling. I have published on various aspects of UK and international public procurement regulation, and I am currently researching the legal side of major government auctions. My research uses empirical methods, qualitative and quantitative, and, related to this, I have a growing interest in the research field of empirical industrial organisation.

My work has attracted prestigious funding, including awards from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust. I am currently (2021-23) completing a Leverhulme Fellowship.

I am a board member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and I am part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s peer review college. In 2023, I will be working with the think tank, Reform, as one of its Reform Scholars.

At Sheffield, I am Director of Student Recruitment. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.


PhD; MSc (Econ); LLM; LLB

Research interests
  • Administrative law
  • Regulation
  • Public Procurement Regulation
  • Government contracts
  • Competition regulation
  • Law and economics
  • Empirical legal research
  • Socio-legal studies

Journal articles

Research group

Areas of research supervision

  • Administrative Law
  • Regulation
  • Public Procurement Regulation
  • Empirical Legal Studies
Title/Description Awarding Body People Involved Dates Amounts
Research Fellowship: Navigating Dissonance in the Contracting State Leverhulme Trust Dr Richard Craven 2021-2023 £51,117
Economics in Law: Law in Economics  Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) Dr Richard Craven and Dr Olivia Hamlyn (Birkbeck) Summer 2019  £1500
Visiting Researcher, Istanbul Bilgi University University of Leicester, Graduate School   Sept-Jan 2018 £1000
The Protection of Workers on Government Works Contracts The British Academy and Leverhulme Trust   2015-2017 £9800
Teaching interests

Administrative law
Market regulation

Teaching activities
Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL)
  • Associate Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)
  • Centre for Criminological Research (CCR)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2015-date)
  • Member, AHRC Peer Review College (2015-date)
  • Trustee, Socio-Legal Studies Association (2022-date)
  • External examiner, University of Nottingham (2019-date)
  • Associate fellow, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (2020-date)
  • Visiting researcher, Istanbul Bilgi University (2018–19)
  • Special issue editor, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (2021)
  • Reform scholar, Reform (2023)