Dr Chris Devany

Dr Chris Devany

Postdoctoral Researcher, Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre
University of York

Chris joins the Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre from Sheffield Hallam University. His research career so far has focused on how traditionally marginalised groups and people experiencing vulnerabilities are impacted by policy reform.

His most recent project explores the use of anti-social behaviour powers on street sleeping homeless people across England and Wales, from the perspectives of those currently experiencing homelessness and service providers.

In September 2021 he was awarded his PhD from the Centre for Regional Economic Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University exploring the lives of young men who were not in education, employment or training and not accessing the welfare state.

Alongside this body of research Chris has also supported a range of contract research projects for community-based organisations and schemes designed to address youth unemployment, delivered lectures and seminars on a breadth of topics, and managed a special issue of the ‘People, Place and Policy’ open access academic journal.

Within the Centre, Chris is working on the County lines policing and vulnerability project and on the Q methods study of vulnerability. The Q methods study will look at shared perceptions among service providers, police, vulnerable groups and community residents about the meaning and use of vulnerability in public service provision.