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Dr Christopher Damm

Research Associate


I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research. 

  • About

    I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2016. My thesis was based on exploratory data analysis using a new database of charities, which explored the relationship between state funding and a range of different charity characteristics.

    During my Research Methods MA and PhD research, I was embedded in the Third Sector Research Centre. I worked on a number of projects including a study on Third Sector providers within the Work Programme and an exploration of sector divisions within the social care field.

    I am particularly interested in data visualisation and making statistical analysis accessible to a wider audience.

    Research work

    I work on a wide range of research projects broadly relating to social policy interventions. I am based in the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research and often act as a quantitative researcher on projects, using a range of data science and analysis skills. My particular research interests are generally related to charities and the third sector, but also include employment services, foodbanks and responsible finance. I'm also interested in data visualisation and making statistical analysis accessible to a wider audience.


    I am currently a trustee and member of the steering group for the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, and the Early Career Researcher representative for the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.


    I currently supervise an ESRC White Rose funded PhD on the impact of austerity on local voluntary sector communities. I would be interested in supervising further PhDs in any of the following areas:

    • The third sector
    • Charity data
    • Public services deliver
    • Employment services
    • Responsible finance
    • Exploratory data analysis and data visualisation

    Research interests

    • The third sector
    • Public service delivery
    • Benefits and welfare
    • Employment services
    • Exploratory data analysis and data visualisation
    • Knowledge exchange and impact
  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    2016-18 The Value of Small and Medium Charities, Lloyds Bank Foundation. Role: Lead quantitative analyst.

    2015-18 Evaluation of Stoke Co-operative Working Model, Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Role: Lead quantitative analyst.

    2013-19 Evaluation and Learning Contract for the Big Lottery Fund Talent Match Programme, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Member of research team.

    2015-20 Evaluation of the Early Action Neighborhood Fund, Big Lottery Fund/Comic Relief. Role: Member of research team.

    2018-2024 Evaluation of the Community Investment Fund, Big Society Capital. Role: Lead quantitative analyst.

    2016-18 Evaluation of the More than Food Programme, Trussell Trust. Role: Lead quantitative analyst.

  • Publications

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