FOURTH.WORLD is a blog project created by Richard Brophy. For more information about the concept behind fourth world click here.

Richard is an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability and is regularly called upon to advise both companies and NGOs on their approach to social and environmental issues.

Richard’s work has touched on a broad range of themes, but his principal areas of expertise are international development, human rights, climate change and impact investing. During his fifteen year career he has established initiatives that address a wide range of issues including educational attainment and unemployment in the UK, human rights in the global mining industry, legal education in India, capacity building in Sierra Leone and climate change in some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries.

Amongst a number of voluntary roles, Richard is a trustee of techfortrade – the leading UK charity specifically focused on bridging the divide between emerging technology and international trade and economic development. He is also a Campaigns Advisor to Radio Wolfgang – an independent online and app-based radio station offering members a live stream of music 24/7, plus on-demand documentary, talk and entertainment content. Richard is advising on a programme of activity focused on raising awareness of the connection of food nutrition to sustainability.

Richard is a founder member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, a member of Chatham House and a Fellow of the RSA. In 2012 he completed a Masters degree in International Economic Law, Justice and Development at the University of London where he focused specifically on situating the role of business and markets within the context of human rights and contemporary social justice movements.

Richard can be contacted at

Header photograph: (c) Richard Brophy, 2016

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