Richard joined the Social Research team of the ESRI as a Research Assistant in December 2017. He holds a BSc in Economics and Mathematical Science from The Open University, as well as a HDip in Economic Science and an MSc in Health Economics from NUI Galway. For his MSc thesis he undertook a cost-analysis of phase III cardiac rehabilitation in hospital outpatient settings. Richard was a Teaching Assistant at NUI Galway during his MSc and completed his thesis while on placement with the HSE. His most recent role was as a Research Assistant in the Economics Department at NUI Galway.