Chris completed a BA (hons.) in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Toronto before moving to Britain to complete an MA in International Relations at Keele University. He remained at Keele to complete a PhD on The Biopolitics of Resilience. He has taught at Keele University, Salford University and Leeds Metropolitan University before joining Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in 2013.
His research analyses the concept of resilience in the context of the changing rationalities and practices of risk management and security. This research has sought to understand the significance of resilience for contemporary practices of emergency management and elucidate the historical conditions giving rise to resilience through genealogical methods.
His current research aims to apply and extend the analytic and theoretical frameworks developed within this research to better understand contemporary practices of emergency governance. This includes a project that he is working on with Dr. Dan Sage (Loughborough) entitled ‘Organizing Resilience’. This project involves working with six local resilience forums, as well as the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (Cabinet Office) to investigate collaboration within UK emergency responses.