Chris is one of the Co-Directors of the new Ashridge Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility (AMSR). Previously, she has worked for nine years as one of the co-facilitators in the University of Bath's MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.
Chris has extensive experience working with business service and economic development organisations and has worked in the micro and small enterprise development sector since 1992 in the UK, US, Africa and Asia. She co-founded a new technology-based business working in restoration for the water industry. Her involvement with sustainability issues foregrounded the need for our species to come to know the world in many different ways - including 'presentational knowing' or arts-based practice. Increasingly, she has found herself using the visual arts, story telling, clowning, improvisation and forum theatre (in Sri Lanka) in her educational, business and development work practices. This interweaving of her concerns was articulated in her unconventional PhD - Wild Margins: Playing at Work and Life which explores the overlapping relationship between purposeful work and the arts, and arts-based practice which holds intentions around sustainability.
Chris completed the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath in 2001 and her doctorate at the University of Bath's Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice in 2006. She is also a Research Associate at the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University and works with students at the California Institute of Integral Studies.