Professor Miles Richardson joined the University of Derby in 1996 after working applying psychology and cognitive ergonomics in the Defence Industry. Miles has worked in a number of research and lecturing roles, including as part of the team that launched online psychology provision at Derby in the early 2000s. He also developed and led the largest online Masters programme at Derby before becoming assistant head, then Head of Psychology on-campus in 2014.


Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Chartered Ergonomist, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society.

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My qualifications

PhD, University of Derby.

BSc. (Hon’s) Ergonomics, Loughborough University.


Richardson, M., McEwan, K., Maratos, F. & Sheffield, D. (2016). Joy and Calm: How an Evolutionary Functional Model of Affect Regulation Informs Positive Emotions in Nature. Evolutionary Psychological Science. doi:10.1007/s40806-016-0065-5

Richardson, M., & Sheffield, D. (accepted). Three good things in nature: A brief intervention to increase connection to nature. Psyecology.

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. & Richardson C. (2014). Children's Construction Task Performance and Spatial Ability: Controlling Task Complexity and Predicting Mathematics Performance. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 119, 741-757.

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


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 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 cognitive 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).