Dr Richard Parsons is an independent social research consultant based in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Specialising in qualitative methods, his work is aimed at helping organisations to navigate complex stakeholder relationships in dynamic environments. He has worked with government, business, universities, and not-for-profit organisations, collaborating extensively with CSIRO’s social science group. He has conducted over 3,000 research interviews. Richard is particularly interested in the role of language in shaping our values and world views. In recent times he has focused on understanding the meaning and practice of ‘social licence’. He has published various articles on social licence, stakeholder engagement, and corporate social responsibility.
He studied for his PhD in Organisational Communication jointly through the University of Queensland’s Business School and Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. In his PhD thesis, he developed a comprehensive model for understanding and practising ‘community engagement’ in the context of corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Queensland University of Technology.
When not working, Richard is often cultivating his organic vegetable garden and restoring rainforest habitat on his rural property. His efforts were recently recognised by inclusion in the NSW ‘Land for Wildlife’ scheme.