Richard has a background in architecture and industry experience in satellite and mobile communications technologies. Richard recently finished a PhD at Lancaster University and is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture, co-leading BA3 and teaching in the Infrastructure Space Atelier. Richard is interested in new digital technologies and the potentially transformative nature that these developments may have on our cities and their users.

Richard’s PhD focused on driverless cars and the potential ethical issues which surround autonomous decision making. Richard’s work focuses on how autonomous technologies will manage everyday decisions, some of which currently bend rules (e.g. minor misdemeanors such as using the pavement) and impact on human behaviours (such as eating lunch in a vehicle). These human decisions and actions, are a vital part of how users and networks currently operate. Richard’s work aims to understand, where and how new technologies may flourish or meet resistance, both in our cities and communities.



Jefferies, T., Coucill, L., Morton, R., Csepely-Knorr, L., 2017. 'Data Mapping Cornwall', Manchester School of Architecture.

Journal Articles

Morton, R., Richards, D., Dunn, N., Coulton, P., 2019. 'Questioning the social and ethical implications of autonomous vehicle technologies on professional drivers.', The Design Journal, 22 (sup1), pp. 2061-2071.

Conference Papers

Morton, R., Dunn, N., Richards, D., Coulton, P., 2017. ''Smart' Autonomous vehicles in cities of the future', Mobile Utopia, Lancaster, 2/11/2017 - 5/11/2017.

Theses and Dissertations

Morton, R., 2020. 'The social and ethical implications of autonomous vehicles'.