Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Chris Hearle

Senior Technical Specialist

Chris joined our technical team in March 2019 and works as a senior consultant in the women’s economic empowerment team. He is currently the Senior Technical Adviser on the Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) programme Helpdesk which provides DFID and other government departments with access to rapid technical assistance and expert analysis for guidance and know-how to address women’s economic empowerment.

Chris brings ten years of experience in international development, across a range of social development-related areas including women’s economic empowerment, voice and accountability, disability inclusion, and social norms and behaviour change. He is particularly interested in qualitative, participatory and ethnographic methods, and has significant experience in utilizing these approaches in complex multi-year evaluations. For example, he led the qualitative work on gender and poverty reduction in the evaluation of Trademark East Africa, investigating the impacts of trade interventions on girls/women and boys/men from low-income households. Earlier in his career he worked at the International Labour Organisation on gender and economic development issues, and he has 3 ½ years’ experience working in Cambodia in project management and business development roles.

Chris received his MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Human Geography from University of Southampton. He has co-published academic papers in “Oxford Development Studies” and “Women Studies International Forum” and is a regular academic reviewer for the journals “Health and Place” and “Gender, Place and Culture”.

Outside of work, Chris is a dog-lover, who enjoys marathon running and tennis.