Chris studied for a BA (Hons) in Sociology at the University of Warwick before completing his MA in Social Research at the University of Birmingham.
IN 2013 he began his academic career at Bournemouth University (BU) as a KTP Associate, on a consultation study exploring the acceptability of a model of ‘extra care’ to people living with dementia.
Chris went on to commence a PhD at BU evaluating a new and innovative model of dementia care, in a newly opened care home. Whilst at BU he worked on a number of research projects alongside his PhD, such as the IT Club and BUDI Orchestra (see research).
Chris transferred his PhD to the University of Stirling in 2015. Whilst at Stirling he was employed as a researcher on 2 studies; one exploring the LGBT experience of homelessness and life in deprived communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh; and another investigating the usability of a medication management software in care homes. He also worked as a teaching assistant on several modules delivered for the faculty of social sciences.
In 2017 Chris began a FT post at the University of Salford within the Institute for Dementia. His primary research objective was to evaluate the peer support and community engagement work taking place at the University’s purpose built ‘dementia hub’.
Chris began his current role as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham Institute for Applied Health Research in November 2018. He is responsible for the qualitative research on the CALIBRE trial, under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Mathers.