Chris Harkins
Public Health Programme Manager


Phone: 0141 330 2039


Chris’ role contributes to several of the Centre’s areas of work and involves taking forward research within community-based settings. In particular Chris leads on evaluating the impacts of community-based programmes and interventions; including assessing their contributions to addressing health and other inequalities. Chris is leading the evaluation of Sistema Scotland. He is also responsible for research and evaluation concerning approaches to community engagement, empowerment, participation and local democratic processes including participatory budgeting. Since Summer 2020 Chris has been supporting evidence-based pandemic community recovery efforts, as a member of Glasgow City Council's Social Recovery Task Force

Chris has published a variety of reports and outputs concerning community-based partnership approaches and social regeneration. He also contributes to the Centre’s inequalities across the life course theme and has published work relating to the population health impacts of in-work poverty and payday loans, moving forward within this theme Chris is conducting research into unsecure debt, health and wellbeing.

Chris’ background is in Social Science, Medical Science and IT; he is an experienced researcher and evaluator and has worked directly within NHS, Local Authority and academic settings. He has also worked extensively with the Scottish Government and a variety of third sector organisations over the past 20 years, not least in his contributions to adult literacy projects within Glasgow City and the evaluation of the Have a Heart Paisley National Demonstration Project. Chris lectures at Glasgow Caledonian University and is an Honorary Researcher with the University of Glasgow.