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Chris Young

Associate Senior Researcher (Social Research & Evaluation)

Chris is the TWRI Social Research & Evaluation Senior Associate. He has worked in the field of performance management, evaluation, GIS and social & economic research for 20 years both as a consultant and practitioner. Chris has extensive experience of working in public, private and academic organisations and for a wide range of agencies including the third sector.

Most recently, Chris has been seconded from One North East to CURDS (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies) at Newcastle University working on projects covering English Heritage and crime, and Local Authority Child Poverty innovation. Chris worked as a Research and Evaluation Senior Specialist and was also GIS Specialist Advisor for NERIP at One North East and produced reports which included analyses of new business start-ups (derived from commercial banks data) and the ONS Commute-APS product.

Prior to this, Chris was a project manager at Mott MacDonald MIS (Merseyside Information Service) responsible for managing the EU Objective One evaluation. He also worked on a wide range of social research projects for the company including the Liverpool JSNA, Fire and Deprivation on behalf of Merseyside and Cumbria Fire Services, Housing research studies, CLG staff analyses, Greasby Needs Analysis, Wirral Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Regional Crime Mapping System, and Halton CDRP strategic analysis.

Before joining Mott MacDonald, Chris was a research associate at the Environmental Criminology Research Unit, University of Liverpool, although the Unit has since moved to the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield. Whilst at Liverpool, Chris was involved in a diverse range of projects commissioned by agencies such as the Home Office and the Safer Merseyside Partnership. These commissions included an evaluation of the national Burglary Reduction Programme, Alleygating, and Crystal Clear – a social marketing campaign aimed at reducing glass related injuries.

After graduating, Chris worked for the Regional Research Laboratory at the University of Manchester before accepting a post in the Geographic Information Unit at Cheshire County Council. The Unit worked closely with the Research and Intelligence team as well as pioneering the use of GPS in mapping and surveying.

Chris has an MSc from the University of Nottingham and is a member of the AGI (Association for Geographic Information).