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Chris Devany

Dr Chris Devaney

Research Fellow (Oak Foundation)


Chris is a Research Fellow in the Department of Law and Criminology on a project funded by Oak Foundation.




I have research interests related to the impact of social policy interventions (such as, drug policy, welfare reform and the policing of homeless populations). My expertise centre upon conducting qualitative research with vulnerable and 'hard-to-reach' groups. In addition to research, I have previously worked as a Lecturer in Sociology and within the philanthropic sector. I am currently finalising my PhD at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research and I was the winner of the 'Doctoral Researcher of the Year' award in 2018.



Oak Foundation - Understanding the impact of anti-social behaviour tools and powers on street sleeping homeless people


Oak Foundation, Camerados, Groundwork



Devany, C. (2019). Book review - Norbert Elias’s Lost Research Revisiting the Young Worker Project. People, Place and Policy Online, 48-50.


Heap, V., Black, A., & Devany, C. (2022). Living within a Public Spaces Protection Order: the impacts of policing anti-social behaviour on people experiencing street homelessness. Sheffield Hallam University, Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.

Batty, E., Bennett, E., Devany, C., Harris, C., Pearson, S., & Woodward, A. (2020). Friends and purpose: evaluation of camerados public living rooms. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W., Sanderson, E., Devany, C., Gore, T., & Ramsden, S. (2019). Green Leaders Evaluation Final Report. Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.


Devany, C. (2020). The Changing Pattern of Homeless Drug Use in Edinburgh and Sheffield. Presented at: Pathways from Homelessness (2020), London

Devany, C. (2018). Stigma and Constrained Choices; Exploring why Male NEETs are 'Excluded' from Welfare Provisions. Presented at: Work, Employment and Society, Belfast

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