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Associate Professor


University of Warwick
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Research Interests

Dr. Barnes' current research interests are in the field of international collaboration, with a particular focus on China and the effects that culture and economic development are having on business practice and collaborations between Mainland Chinese companies and overseas businesses (including overseas Chinese businesses). She is the recipient of a China Fellowship Award Fund (2011) enabling her to establish a research partnership with the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. She has published her work in journals and has presented at international conferences. She also teaches International Joint Ventures (IJVs) at MSc level. She supervises doctorate and MSc students and has examined at doctorate level. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Production Planning and Control and is a referee for the International Journal of Project Management.


Dr. Tina Barnes joined WMG in 1999, having completed her Engineering Doctorate (EngD) at Warwick. She started her career in the automotive industry, first with GKN Technology Ltd., Wolverhampton and then with the Torrington Company Ltd., Coventry. This industrial background meant that she was well placed to understand the issues that arise when universities and industry collaborate on R&D projects, and this became the focus of her EngD research, resulting in a practitioner framework for more effective university-industry collaboration on R&D. On joining WMG as a member of staff, she continued this research through a European project (Transuniverseel, 2000-2002) involving universities in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Denmark, and as a consultant/researcher in an IMRC-funded project with the food and drink industry (SUCCESS, 2001-2004).

In 2003, Dr. Barnes became a member of the five-person Executive which is responsible for all aspects of running WMG's doctorate programmes, including managing one of the largest and longest-standing EngD programmes in the UK. She is also responsible for Warwick's EngD programme in Hong Kong, working alongside Warwick's partner, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Warwick part-time PhD programme in Hong Kong. She also developed WMG's Research Methodology course for MSc and doctoral students.

Dr. Barnes is Honorary Secretary for the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), and actively serves the Council by contributing to the development and delivery of UKCGE's conferences and workshops. She has also authored and contributed to UKCGE publications. Her work investigating the developments in open access to doctoral theses via e-repositories (making doctoral research publicly accessible via the internet) has led to her representing UKCGE on the board of EThOS (Electronic Theses Online), a national service currently run by the British Library. She also represents UKCGE on the HEFCE-funded Research Information and Digital Literacies coalition (RIDLs)which also brings together representatives from the British Library, JISC, the Higher education Academy (HEA) and Vitae.

As a graduate of the Warwick EngD programme herself, Dr. Barnes has a keen interest in the development of the Professional Doctorates, and was a member of the Steering Group for the Professional Doctorates Special Interest Group (SIG) supported by UKCGE and Middlesex University from 2010-2012. She has also published research on the deployment of postgraduate engineering students in collaborative R&D projects with industry, and has an interest in the impact that the professional doctorates have, both on the personal development of the student researcher and on industry and the wider UK economy.

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