Emeritus Professor Eric Richards

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences South (212)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Eric Richards was Professor of History for many years and is a specialist in the history of Australia, British and International Migration. He is now Emeritus Professor and, in 2014, Carnegie Trust Centenary Professor in Scotland.
  • B.A. (Hons) (Economic and Social History), University of Nottingham, 1962
  • Ph.D., University of Nottingham, 1967
Honours, awards and grants

Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 1984

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1986

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 1991

Member of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 1998

Australian Centenary Medal for "Services to the Arts and Australian Society", 2003

Winner of the Book Award of the Scottish Arts Council, 1982
Scottish History Book of the Year, 1999

NSW Premier's Literary Prize, March 2009

Carnegie Trust Centenary Professor in Scotland, 2014

Key responsibilities
Research and supervisions.
Research interests
  • History of International Migration since 1500
  • History of Australian Immigration
  • British emigration
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Robert Malthus
  • Agrarian Transformation
  • British aristocracy and estate management
  • Emigrant letters
Supervisory interests
Agrarian transformation
British aristocracy and estate management
British emigration
Emigrant letters
History of Australian immigration
History of international migration since 1500
Robert Malthus
Scottish Highlands
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Imperial Commercial Strategy and the Business of Colonisation (1)
Principal supervisor: History (7)
Associate supervisor: History (6)
Expert for media contact
History - Australian
History - British
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Media expertise
  • History - Australian
  • History - British
  • Migration
  • History