Chris Birt

Chris Birt

Associate Director for Scotland


Email: [email protected]

Research interests

The Scotland team focuses on finding solutions to poverty in Scotland and amplifying the voices of people experiencing poverty. We believe we can solve poverty through good work, more affordable housing and a stronger social security system.

We work with partners across the public, private and third sectors to advocate for solutions that will loosen poverty’s grip on people in Scotland, and to inspire more people to understand it and take action to solve it.


Prior to joining JRF, Chris worked for the Scottish Government, latterly as head of the First Minister’s Policy and Delivery Unit. He was formerly a government lawyer, working principally on NHS and social care law.