Dr Miles Richardson

Position: Head of Psychology & Deputy Head of Life Sciences

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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I am the Head of Psychology and Deputy Head of Life Sciences. I also lead the Nature Connectedness Research Group.

Research interests

Researching our connection with nature and ways to improve it, for the benefit of nature's and human wellbeing. I am founder and coordinator of the Nature Connectedness Research Group and Nature Connections conferences. Find out more at my blog findingnature.org.uk and on Twitter @findingnature.

My PhD research identified the factors that make assembly tasks complex, making me an expert on self-assembly tasks, such as flat-pack furniture. I advise internationally on self-assembly tasks and have several publications on the topic. This research developed into an interest in children's construction play and its association with maths ability. My ergonomics background has also led to research in other applied areas, such as nutrition labels - research often cited to support front-of-pack 'traffic light' labelling (e.g. in the US, Australia and New Zealand). 

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF)
  • Member of Council, CIEHF
  • Chartered Ergonomist
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Multimedia and Social Media Editor of Ergonomics, the official journal of the CIEHF
  • Technical Expert for British Standards Institute Consumer Public Interest Network
  • International Ergonomics Association Technical Committee on Human Factors for Sustainable Development


  • BSc (Hons) Ergonomics, Loughborough University
  • PhD - Identifying the task variables that influence object assembly complexity, University of Derby

Recent publications

Richardson, M. (2016). An Efficient Approach to Understanding and Predicting the Effects of Multiple Task Characteristics on Performance. Ergonomics.

Richardson, M., Maspero, M., Golightly, D., Sheffield, D., Staples, V. & Lumber, R. (2016). Nature: A new paradigm for wellbeing and ergonomics. Ergonomics.

Richardson, M., Cormack, A., McRobert, L. & Underhill, R. (2016). 30 Days Wild: Development and Evaluation of a Large-Scale Nature Engagement Campaign to Improve Well-Being. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0149777. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149777

Richardson, M., Sheffield, D., Harvey, C. & Petronzi (2016). A Report for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB): The Impact of Children’s Connection to Nature. Derby: College of Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby.

Richardson, M., Hallam, J. & Lumber, R. (2015). One thousand good things in nature: The aspects of nature that lead to increased nature connectedness. Environmental Values, 24 (5), 603-619.

Richardson, M., & Sheffield, D. (2015). Reflective self-attention: A more stable predictor of connection to nature than mindful attention. Ecopsychology, 7 (30), 166-175. 

Richardson, M. Hunt, T. E. and Richardson C. (2014). Children's Construction Task Performance and Spatial Ability: Controlling Task Complexity and Predicting Mathematics Performance. Perceptual and Motor Skills: Volume 119, 741-757. 

Richardson, M. (2014). A Blackbird’s Year: Mind in Nature. London: Feedaread.

Richardson, M., and Hallam, J. (2013). Exploring the Psychological Rewards of a Familiar Semi-Rural Landscape: Connecting to Local Nature through a Mindful Approach. The Humanistic Psychologist, 41(1), 35-53.

Brown, S.L. & Richardson, M. (2012). The Effect of Distressing Imagery on Attention to and Persuasiveness of an Anti-Alcohol Message: An Gaze-Tracking Approach. Health Education and Behavior, 39, 8-17.

Richardson, M. (2012). Needwood. London: Feedaread.

Richardson, M. (2011). Assembly complexity and the design of self-assembly products. Chapter for Handbook of Human Factors in Consumer Product Design.

Richardson, M., Jones, G., Croker, S. and Brown, S.L. (2011). Identifying the task characteristics that predict children’s construction task performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(3), 377-385. 

Richardson, M. & Ball, L.J. (2009). Internal representations, external representations and ergonomics: toward a theoretical integration. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 10(4), 335-376.

Jones, G., & Richardson, M. (2007). An objective examination of consumer perception of nutrition information based on healthiness ratings and eye movements. Public Health Nutrition, 10, 238-244. 

Richardson, M., Jones, G., Torrance, M. & Baguley, T. (2006). Identifying the task variables that predict object assembly difficulty. Human Factors, 48(3), 511-525. 

Experience in industry

  • Member of Natural England’s Strategic Research Group for Learning In Natural Environments
  • Human Factors Engineer, Thomson Marconi Sonar Systems

International experience

Member of the International Standards Organisation task group for Self-Assembly Instructions

In the media

Radio and press

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