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Jonathan Durnin

A founding Director of DC Research, Jonathan brings over twenty years of academic, policy development and consultancy experience as a research economist, evaluator and project manager to the business. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association, and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development.

Jonathan is a highly experienced researcher, evaluator and project manager specialising in assessing and evaluating impacts derived from investments, projects and programmes, and has well established expertise in assessing economic value and impact across a number of sectors and locations.

Jonathan has delivered a wide range of evaluative studies during his career, working with thematic and area based regeneration programmes funded through local, regional, national and European mechanisms, including the delivery of area based grant programme and project evaluations, as well as BIS/IEF compliant evaluation studies.

He is a skilled relationship builder, and is used to working with complex organisations and partnership structures to develop consensus and deliver agreed actions, and has presented findings from research studies to a range of policy, practitioner and academic audiences,  from workshops and seminars to keynote conference presentations. Clients have included numerous local authorities and local and sub regional strategic partnerships, single purpose partnerships and regeneration bodies, Government departments, offices and non departmental public bodies (NDPBs), charities, trusts and private sector clients.

Jonathan specialises in assessing and evaluating impacts derived from investments, projects and programmes using ‘Green Book’ methodologies, and has well established expertise in assessing economic value and impact across a number of sectors and places.

Recent work includes an economic impact assessment of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, an economic and social impact assessment of Hadlow College, an ERDF evaluation of the economic, social and community impacts of the refurbishment of 116 High St Boston (a Grade II* listed building, and Lincolnshire’s first bank, refurbished for community use)  for Heritage Lincolnshire and evaluating the impact of the Collecting Cultures programme for the Heritage Lottery Fund.

He has delivered assessments of the impact of  the UK’s Independent Museums Sector, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, The National Forest, London Transport Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and York Museum Trust, completed a series of evaluation and partnership impacts assessment studies for The British Museum, and supported a successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) bid for Gloucestershire.

In previous roles, Jonathan has assessed a range of transport and logistics developments for private sector clients, evaluated the economic impact of major arts and cultural venues, led a range of business and competitiveness evaluation studies for a range of clients, and has also delivered a range of worklessness and enterprise related studies, with a focus on the challenges facing young people. This work included evaluations of national programmes, a range of studies for regional development agencies and Government Offices, and the development of a range of strategies and action plans designed to highlight area based issues and bid for economic development and regeneration funding.

Prior to consultancy roles, Jonathan held senior policy posts with Cumbria County Council (where he was involved in developing Cumbria’s response to Foot and Mouth Disease and rural recovery) and before that research posts at the Centre for Regional Economic Development in Carlisle (now part of the University of Cumbria), where his specialism was supply chain linkages in the manufacturing sector.