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Jonathan Durnin

A founding Director of DC Research, Jonathan brings over 23 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.

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 range of sectors and places.

He has a portfolio of studies that demonstrate detailed expertise from a wide range of arts, heritage, museums and culture research, evaluations and feasibility studies, and has regularly engaged with major museums, ACE, HLF, AIM, national museums, and other national partners for a range of projects.

A skilled relationship builder, Jonathan 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.

In previous roles, Jonathan 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 bids 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.