About me

Chris HastieI am Chris Hastie, an early career researcher with interests in social policy, organisational behaviour in the public sector, the relationship between public services and their communities, and the impact of those relationships on equality in public sector service delivery. I have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and in working with traditionally hard-to-reach communities. With a background of working in local government I bring extensive practical experience of public sector service delivery to my academic research. My interests extend beyond local government though, and much of my recent research has focused on the fire and rescue service. My PhD used a multimethod approach to identify striking inequalities in the way in which fire is distributed through society and to explore the nature of the relationship between the fire service and those communities most affected by fire.

I am currently nearing completion of my PhD at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. Immediately prior to that I gained an MSc in Public Management from the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of BIrmingham. Elsewhere on this blog you can find some posts about my research, and a list of my publications and conference presentations.

When I’m not researching I’m a keen SCUBA diver, occasional cyclist, and have a passion for making computers do what I want them to do. I also make excellent marmalade. Here are some other places to find out about me: