He engages actively (including via workshops and other face-to-face activities) with policy, business and third-sector practitioners in the development of this work, including on projects with Defra, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and Scottish Natural Heritage to develop links between UK consumption and biodiversity impact. He also sits on the steering group and undertakes research for the NETpositive Initiative which is developing tools to introduce small and medium sized enterprise to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Recently, Chris led research linked to the Green Economy Coalition’s Measure What Matters project which specifically aimed to seek alignment between corporate- and national-scale indicator development and monitoring processes.
He is Co-Investigator on the major York-based IKnowFood project, leading work on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of UK food supply chains and links to UK food security and resilience.
Chris has written and contributed to a number of policy-focused reports and academic publications linked to supply chain impact assessment, consumption-based accounting, and footprinting techniques.
He comes from an ecology background, having completed a PhD in Fisheries Management in January 2011 which made use of agent-based modelling approaches, which will be utilised in an upcoming project involving Agent-based Computational Economics, and has a broader interest in the study and simulation of complex systems and in particular the interplay between biological and environmental systems and society.