Chris Borst

Chris BorstChris Borst is a doctoral student in Sociology at McGill University. Beginning from the critique of well-being measures based on child development found in childhood studies and reconceptualist early childhood education, Chris’ thesis work is to use text mining to extract a systematic representation of our ideologies of childhood, in order to facilitate the political evaluation of children’s services at the system level.

Chris has a BA in Economics (Carleton, 1990), an MA in Philosophy (Toronto, 1994), a specialist MPhil in the Philosophy of Economics (Erasmus Rotterdam, 2004), and spent the last two years studying Digital Humanities at McGill. From 2006 to 2020, they worked in policy analysis with the Early Years Research Team at the City of Hamilton, Ontario. In this role, Chris specialized in the population monitoring of children’s developmental health (i.e., precisely the target of the reconceptualist critique), using the Early Development Instrument, Kindergarten Parent Survey, and Middle Years Development Instrument, and worked closely with colleagues at McMaster University on efforts to build a repository of linked administrative data about children and youth. They also provided data support to local Ontario Early Years (later EarlyON Child & Family) Centres and supported system-wide parent engagement and equity initiatives.

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