Dr Andrew Ryder has a long history of work with and for Gypsy Roma Traveller communities. Between 1990 and 2001, Andrew worked as a teacher in state schools and with the British Council and taught Gypsy/Roma children in the UK, Hungary and Portugal. From 2002 until 2006, Andrew was the policy officer for the Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition (GTLRC), an umbrella group which lobbied for more Traveller sites and greater social inclusion. The GTLRC was awarded the Liberty Human Rights Award in 2004.
Andrew also acted as researcher to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Traveller Law Reform from 2002 – 2007 and continues to provide support and advice. Between 2006 and 2009 Andrew was the National Policy Officer for the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain. Andrew is currently an Associate Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest and an Associate Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre (University of Birmingham).
Andrew’s key interests focus on Gypsies Roma Travellers/marginalised groups, social justice; community groups/social movements; empowerment and participatory action research.
Recent Publications Include:
Ryder, A. Cemlyn, S. Acton, T (2014) Hearing the Voice of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers: Inclusive Community Development, Bristol: Policy Press
Richardson, J. and Ryder, A. (2012) ‘Gypsies and Travellers: Accommodation, Empowerment and Inclusion in British Society’, Bristol: Policy Press Book
Ryder, A (2015) ‘A Big or Divided Society? Gypsies and Travellers and Localism’ – Policy and Politics, 43, Number 1, January 2015, pp. 101-117(17)
Ryder, A. Rostas, I. Taba, M. (2014) “Nothing about Us Without Us”: The Role of Inclusive Community Development in School Desegregation for Roma Communities - Race Ethnicity and Education, Vol 17, Issue 4, 2014, pp 518-539
Ryder, A. (2013) ‘Snakes and Ladders: Inclusive Community Development and Gypsies and Travellers’ – Community Development Journal, Vol 49, 2013, pp 21 - 36