Richard's research interests have circulated around the impact of housing and housing systems. This is a diverse and multi-disciplinary field and he has found himself at one time or another working in geography, demography, urban studies, planning, architecture, anthropology, gender and cultural studies. He now finds himself at home in social policy and urban studies, which are subject areas that allow for considerable conceptual and methodological diversity. Housing as an empirical focus has enjoyed growing attention in recent years, particularly in light of its growing centrality in the globalisation of financial networks in the 1990s and 2000s and its subsequent impact on social and economic destabilisation since the Credit Crisis and beyond. Housing now lies at the heart of debates, not just on the built environment, but also on macro-economic stability, social justice and inequality, and intergenerational divides. His research seeks to get to the heart of these issues and the many ways that housing is embedded in the social transformations that appear to dominate the current epoch.
With his colleagues in Amsterdam, he has recently completed a report for the Dutch government on the position of starters on the Amsterdam housing market (Duurzame toegankelijkheid van de Amsterdamse woningmarkt voor starters) http://urbanstudies.uva.nl/events/content/events/2013/09/starters-in-the-housing-market.html.
Richard is also running a large, five-year project funded by the EU, looking at housing markets and family property wealth and their relationship to welfare state transformations and regime shifts www.houwel.uva.nl.
Doling, J. and Ronald, R. (Eds) (2014 forthcoming) Housing in East Asia: Socioeconomic and Demographic Challenges, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
R. Ronald & M. Elsinga (Eds.) (2012) Beyond Home Ownership: Housing, Welfare and Society. London and New York: Routledge.
R. Ronald & A. Alexy (Eds.) (2011). Home and family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation, London: Routledge.
Ronald, R. (2008) The Ideology of Home Ownership: Homeowner Societies and the Role of Housing, Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave Macmillan.
Book Chapters (Selection)
Ronald, R. (2013) Housing policy in East Asia, in: M. Izuhara (Ed.) Handbook on East Asian Social Policy, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
Ronald, R. and Dol, C. (2011) Housing in the Netherlands before and after the global financial crisis, in R. Forrest (Eds.) Housing Markets & the Global Financial Crisis, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
Ronald, R. and Hinokidani, M. (2011) Moving beyond the standard family model: the emerging housing situations of women in Japan, in P. Kennett and K-W Chan (Eds.) Women and Housing: an International Analysis, London, Routledge.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (selection)
Ronald, R. and L. Nakano (2013) Single women and housing choices in urban Japan, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 20(4) pp. 451-479.
Ronald, R. & H. Lee (2012). Housing policy socialization and de-commodification in South Korea. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 27(2), 111-131.
Ronald, R. & J. Doling (2012). Testing Home Ownership as the Cornerstone of Welfare: Lessons from East Asia for the West. Housing Studies, 27(7), 940-961.
Doling, J. & R. Ronald (2012). Meeting the income needs of older people in East Asia: using housing equity. Ageing & Society, 32(3), 471-490.
Ronald, R. (2011). Ethnography and Comparative Housing Research. International Journal of Housing Policy, 11(4), 417-439.