Richard Ogden is the Director of the HRC from January 2019, and he will be managing the work of the HRC, ensuring it continues to serve its many constituents in the Arts and Humanities as fully as possible.
Richard Ogden is a professor of linguistics in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science. He is a linguist and phonetician with a wide range of interests, including Finnish, British Sign Language, and Conversation Analysis. His work combines phonetic detail (that is, the way the sounds of speech are organised) with conversation analytic methodology, as a way of working out how people use aspects of speech to perform social actions like turn-taking, agreeing, complaining and telling stories. His work also addresses connections between speech and other aspects of embodied behaviour. He is currently working on click (‘tsk’, ‘tut-tut’) sounds in spoken English.
Richard has worked in interdisciplinary ways for a long time, including the Marie Curie Research Training Network Sound to Sense; he has served on several steering committees, including the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at York and the centre for Deafness, Language and Cognition at UCL.