Professor Eric Richards


Emeritus Professor of History, Flinders University, Australia

Carnegie Centenary Professor 2014, University of the Highlands and Islandseric-richards


Eric Richards was born in North Wales, educated at the University of Nottingham and has lived in Australia since the 1960s. He is Emeritus Professor of History at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, and previously taught  at the University of Adelaide and Stirling University.

He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University and in several universities in Britain and the United States. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and also of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1986.

He publishes widely on British history, and his books on the Highland Clearances have won prizes in Scotland. He is also author and editor of a range of books on migration history, notably his broad survey: Britannia’s Children: Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland since 1600 (2004). His Destination Australia: Migration to Australia since 1901 (UNSW Press, Sydney, 2008 ), won a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, 2009. His recent publications include: The Highland Clearances; People, Landlords and Rural Turmoil (Edinburgh, Birlinn, 2013) and an edited collection, On the Wing: Mobility before and after Emigration to Australia, (Sydney, Anchor Press, 2013).

In 2014 he will be Carnegie Trust Centenary Professor at the new University of the Highlands and Islands, based at Dornoch and Inverness. He is currently working on the genesis of modern international migration and on Highland history. He is a keen tennis player and cyclist.

On 16th September 2014, Professor Richards gave the Carnegie Lecture at the University of the Highlands and Islands. A video of this lecture on the Highland Estate Factor in the Age of the Clearances is available to watch here.