Chris is an experienced social and government researcher, and joined the Social Research Centre in 2015. He has previously worked for Wallis and ORC International in Melbourne, having emigrated from the UK in 2011. In the UK he worked for five years with Birmingham-based government and social research specialists BMG Research.
Chris has experience across both qualitative and quantitative research, and has most recently worked in the Social Research Centre’s specialist Qualitative Research Unit, addressing issues such as workplace bullying, social cohesion, the evaluation of labour market programs, research with non-voters, and into experiences of unsolicited telephone calls.
In previous roles he has delivered research on subjects as diverse as water billing hardship, community and business attitudes to the ACCC, and to climate change adaptation and mitigation, and has undertaken ad testing for employment programs and Medicare. In the UK he established substantial expertise in research with religious, national and linguistic minorities, in projects addressing social cohesion, violent extremism and Islamophobia. His work also included research for local government, and projects concerning crime and disorder, environment and culture.
Chris is originally a social geographer, with a BSc and MPhil from Loughborough University. He is a member of AMSRS and Chairs the Victorian Government and Social Research Network.