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Richard Gale

Dr Richard Gale

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

School of Geography and Planning

+44 29208 75275
Glamorgan Building, Room Room 2.86, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision


Richard is a Lecturer in Human Geography whose research lies at the intersection of geography with sociology. Prior to coming to Cardiff, Richard was a DPhil student and Research Assistant at Oxford University and then a University Research Fellow in Sociology at Birmingham University. Richard has researched extensively on the relationship between ethnic and ethno-religious diversity and local authority planning. In particular, he has a longstanding interest in the relationship between planning and the spatial politics of mosque construction, on which he has published widely over the last two decades. With Dr Andrew Rogers of Roehampton University, Richard led a Research Council-funded ‘Faith and Place Network’, which generated a Policy Briefing, endorsed by the UK Central Government, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Archbishops of Canterbury and Wales. Richard has also participated in number of significant government consultancies on the theme of faith and planning, under commission to central, local and devolved governments in the UK.



















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Richard's substantive interests are in the areas of ethnic and religious segregation, place and the politics of identity, religion and urban governance, and ethnicity and political participation. Richard is interested in debates surrounding social research methodology, and is committed to strategies that combine the insights of quantitative and qualitative research approaches. To date, his primary contributions have been to debates in the geographical study of religion and Islam in the UK and the political engagement of young people of minority ethnic heritage. He is also increasingly committed to research that builds on co-productive relationships between academics and community groups. This is particulary expressed thorugh research Richard leads in partnership with the Somaliland community in Cardiff, with support from Cardiff University's Community Gateway, as well as the ESRC and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Projects and awards

[1] 2020: (CI) £198,484, HEFCW GCRF Catalyst, ‘Transforming resilience across water and food systems’

[2] 2020: (PI) £48,869 British Academy, ‘“Every living thing”: The nexus of cultural and economic values within resilient urban water systems (A case study of Hargeisa, Somaliland)’

[3] 2019: (PI) £29,779 Global Challenges Research Fund Small Project Award, ‘Pastoral Livestock Health: Harnessing Indigenous Knowledge to Address a Global Sustainable Development Challenge’

[4] 2019: (PI) £9,921 Global Challenges Research Fund Facilitation Award, ‘Cardiff University-Somaliland Research Collaboration’

[5] 2018: Nominated for Royal Town Planning Institute’s Sir Peter Hall ‘Excellence in Research’ Award

[6] 2018: (PI) £3,558, ESRC Impact Accelerator Award, ‘Planning for Religious Diversity in Wales’

[7] 2017: (PI) £5,500, British Council (Leadership development Programme), ‘Supporting institutional renewal and promoting teaching excellence in Ukraine’

[8] 2016:(CI) £75,000, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, ‘Faith groups and meeting places: Evidence based study’ with CAG Consultants, LUC and Dr Andrew Rogers, Roehampton University

[9] 2014: (CI) £41,000, Arts and Humanities Research Council, ‘Faith and Place Network: Minority Faith Communities in Planning’

[10] 2011: (PI) £7,000, British Academy, Small Grant, 'Distant Relations and Proximate Others? Friendship Networks in Ethnically Diverse Neighbourhoods'

[11] 2010: (PI) £3,000, Royal Geographical Society, Small Grant, ‘Street Corner Conviviality? Neighbourhood Diversity and Social Network Formation’

[12] 2009: £574, ESRC Research Methods Bursary, Higher Course in Statistics, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

[13] 2008: £500, ESRC Fee-Waiver Award, Advanced Quantitative Methods, Methods and Data Institute, Nottingham University

[14] 2007: £749, ESRC Research Methods Bursary, Demographic Analysis and Projection, Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester

[15] 2006: (CI) £25,000, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) for ‘Review of the Evidence Base on Faith Communities’

[16] 2005: (PI) £7,500, Nuffield Foundation ‘Small Grants Scheme’ Award, ‘Patterns of Religious Discrimination in Urban Planning’

[17] 2000: (PI) ESRC Doctoral Studentship for thesis on urban planning and religious minority groups, University of Oxford



  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, Cardiff University (2012)
  • D.Phil Human Geography, University of Oxford (2004)
  • PG Cert Social Science Research Methods, Oxford Brookes University (2000)
  • MA Area Studies (South Asia), SOAS, University of London (1998)
  • BA (Hons.) History of Art and Architecture, University of East Anglia (1996)


  • 2009-present: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

    2005-2009: Birmingham Research Fellow in Sociology (Ethnicity and Culture) (F/T) Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham (Visiting Research Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, 2007)

    2004-2005: Research Fellow (F/T) to Dr Therese O’Toole, Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham. Leverhulme Trust funded project, Political Interest and Engagement among Black and Minority Ethnic Youth

    2003-2004: Research Assistant (F/T) to Professor Ceri Peach, School of Geography, University of Oxford. ESRC funded project, The Social Geography of British South Asian Muslim, Sikh and Hindu Sub-Communities

    1999-2000: Research Assistant (F/T) to Professor Ceri Peach, School of Geography, University of Oxford. Leverhulme Trust-funded project, Ethnicity and Cultural Landscapes