John Richards - Selected Publications


Richards J., M. Ahmed, Md. Shahidul Islam. forthcoming. The Political Economy of Education in South Asia. University of Toronto Press.

Articles in Journals

Huda, N., J. Richards, L. Rahman, S. Syed. 2020. Why has the Caesarean Rate Increased Dramatically in Bangladesh? International Nursing Review 67(2):231-238.

Richards, J._ & A. Vining. 2015. Universal Primary Education in Low-Income Countries: The Contributing Role of National Governance. International Journal of Educational Development 40(1):174-182.

Richards, J._ & A. Vining. 2016. Under-Five Mortality: Comparing National Levels and Changes over the Last Decade Across Low-Income Countries. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 18(4):419-38.

Vining A. & Richards, J.. 2016. Indigenous economic development in Canada: Confronting principal-agent and principal-principal problems to reduce resource rent dissipation. Resources Policy 49:358-367.

Richards, J._ & A. Vining. 2017. Achieving Better Primary School Outcomes in the Presence of Weak Educational Governance: A Case Study of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Education Journal 15(2):9-24.

Richards, J._ & S. Islam. 2018. Assessing Literacy and Numeracy among Primary School Students: A Pilot Survey in Rural Bangladesh. International Journal of Educational Development. 61:55-63.

Richards, J._, M. Ahmad, Md. S. Islam. 2018. Why is South Asia poor? The role of primary education. Bangladesh Education Journal. 17(1):37-49.

Policy Reports, Monographs and Conference Proceedings

C.D. Howe Institute

Richards J. 2020. No Easy Answers: Insights into Community Well-being among First Nations. E-brief 304.

Richards J. 2020. Student Performance in PISA 2018: Nettlesome Problems for Canada. Commentary 576.

Richards, J. 2015. “First Nation Own-Source Revenue: How is the Money Spent?” Commentary 437.

Anderson, B. & Richards, J. 2016. “Students in Jeopardy: Improving Results in Band-Operated Schools.” Commentary 444.

Anderson, B. & Richards, J. 2016. “‘If We had 300 million dollars’: Funding for Reserve Schools.” Verbatim.

Richards, J. 2017. “Red Flags for Educators: Lessons for Canada in the PISA Results.” Commentary 488.

Richards, J. & P. Mahboubi. 2018. “Measuring Student Outcomes: The Case for Identifying Indigenous Students in Canada’s PISA Sample.” E-brief 272.

Richards, J. 2018. Pursuing Reconciliation: The Case for an Urban Off-Reserve Agenda. Commentary 526.


Richards, J.  2015. “On-Reserve Schools: an Underperforming ‘Non-System’.” André Juneau & M. Papillon eds. Canada: The State of the Federation 2013: Aboriginal Multilevel Governance. Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University.

Richards, J., L. Rahman & N. Huda. 2018. Rana Plaza three years after: Physical and Mental Morbidities among Survivors. H. Yadav, ed. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Public Health, 2016, Colombo 2:19-23.