David Richardson's research field is African trade and the
development of the North Atlantic economy 1650-1850. Within this
broad field he is particularly interested in the trans-Atlantic
slave trade, the resulting labour flows and their impact on
Britain, West Africa, the Caribbean, and North America.
Professor Richardson is a member of the Executive Committee of
the Nigerian Hinterland Project, a Canadian SSHRC-funded project
(chief investigator P.E. Lovejoy, York University, Toronto),
funding totalling $2.5 million Canadian 1997-2002. He is a member
of the editorial board of¬†Slavery and
He has been consultant for Merseyside Maritime Museum for an
exhibition on trans-Atlantic slavery and for Bristol City Museum
for a similar exhibit, and has been consulted for several TV
programmes relating to the slave trade. He is currently working
with the Antislavery Society writing material for the schools'
project of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, the goal of which is to
promote international and public understanding of the history of
African slavery and its abolition through the dissemination of
educational materials and the preservation of written and other
records. The scholars associated with this project come from all
parts of the Atlantic world.