Image of Lizzie RichardsonDr Lizzie Richardson

Lecturer in Digital Media and Society

BA (Hons) (Cambridge) , MA (Durham), PhD (Durham)

Room: LG28

Telephone: 0114 222 6480 (external), 26480 (internal)


Lizzie joined the Department in 2019 as a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society. She completed her PhD in Human Geography at Durham University, and subsequently worked as Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, and then held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Department of Geography at Durham University.


Lizzie’s research examines the relationships between culture and economy, with a strong focus on work and technology. She is interested in the performance and qualification of work as an economic activity, including the historically and geographically specific processes of definition of work and their implications for mobilisations of “the economy” variously as an urban, regional, national and global entity.

Theoretically, this draws upon human geography, cultural studies, science and technology studies and economic sociology. Empirically, Lizzie’s research foregrounds everyday cultures of working (paid or unpaid) with an interest in how spatial and temporal boundaries are drawn and eroded around work, and with what implications.

Research interests:

  • workplaces and cultures
  • digital economy and cultural economy
  • technology and space
  • identity and politics
  • social and cultural theory

Funded research projects:

  • 2016-19: Digital workplaces: technology and the self-organisation of work (£83100.00 from Leverhulme Trust).
  • 2015-16: Creative workplaces: the changing geographies of self-employment, RGS-IBG, £3000.
  • 2015-16: Making work outside prison: offenders and informal economies, Cambridge Humanities Research Grant, £13,000 (with Dr Tatiana Thieme, UCL).

Lizzie currently teaches on both the BA and MA Digital Media and Society programmes.

She is module leader for:

  • Digital Media Work Placement (BA)
  • Global Challenges in Digital Society: Digital Economy (MA)

She is a seminar leader for:

  • Perspectives on Digital Society (MA)

Journal article

Richardson, L. Culturalisation and devices: what is culture in cultural economy?. Journal of Cultural Economy. 2019;12:228-241.

Richardson, L. & Bissell, D. Geographies of digital skill. Geoforum. 2019;99:278-286.

Richardson, L. Platforms, markets and contingent calculation: the flexible arrangement of the delivered meal. Antipode. 2019.

Richardson, L. Feminist geographies of digital work. Progress in Human Geography. 2018;42:244-263.

Richardson, L. & Thieme, T. Planning working futures: precarious work through carceral space. Social and cultural geography. 2018.

Cockayne, D. G. & Richardson, L. A queer theory of software studies: software theories, queer studies. Gender, Place and Culture. 2017;24:1587-1594.

Cockayne, D. G. & Richardson, L. Queering code/space: the co-production of socio-sexual codes and digital technologies. Gender, Place and Culture. 2017;24:1642-1658.

Richardson, L. Sharing as a postwork style: digital work and the co-working office. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. 2017;10:297-310.

Richardson, L. Sharing knowledge: Performing co-production in collaborative artistic work. Environment and Planning A. 2016;48:2256-2271.

Richardson, L. Performing the sharing economy. Geoforum. 2015;67:121-129.

Richardson, L. Working at the ambivalence of race: ethnomimesis and the cancellation of St Paul's Carnival. Social and Cultural Geography. 2013;14:710-730.

Chapter in book

Richardson, L. Digital and platform economies. In: Kobayashi, A. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier; 2019.

Cockayne, D. G. & Richardson, L. The queer times of internet infrastructures and digital systems. In: Nash, C. J. & Gorman-Murray, A. The geographies of digital sexuality. Palgrave Macmillan; 2019:11-27.

Richardson, L. Sharing Economy. In: Ash, J., Kitchin, R. & Leszczynski, A. Digital Geographies. London: Sage; 2018:200-209.

Richardson, L. Theatrical translations: the performative production of diaspora. In: Mavroudi, E. & Christou, A. Dismantling diasporas: rethinking the geographies of diasporic identity, connection and development. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate; 2015:15-28.

Book review

Crampton, Jeremy W., Richardson, Lizzie, Rodgers, Scott, Leszczynski, Agnieszka, Thatcher, Jim & Ash, James Phase Media: Space, Time, and the Politics of Smart Objects. The AAG Review of Books. 2019;7:192.

Richardson, L. Book review of 'Creativity' by Harriet Hawkins, London Routledge, 2017. cultural geographies. 2017;24:652-653.

Richardson, L. Book Review Symposium - Geraldine Pratt's 'Families apart: migrant mothers and the conflicts of labour and love. 2013.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

Richardson, L. Platforms and the publicness of urban markets. 2018;Mediapolis: a journal of cities and culture. Volume 3.