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Meet the new Research Team

This is the new research team for Futuretrack Stage 5. The former research team for Futuretrack stages 1-4, led by Professor Kate Purcell, can be viewed here.

Principal investigator

Chris Warhurst

As Director of IER, Chris Warhurst is motivated by wanting to see better scientific and policy-maker understanding of work and employment. He is an Associate Research Fellow of SKOPE at the Universities of Oxford and Cardiff, and co-editor of Palgrave's Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment book series associated with the Annual International Labour Process Conference. He is also a Trustee of the Tavistock Institute in London. He was previously Professor of Work and Organisational Studies at the Sydney University Business School, Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research in Glasgow and co-editor of the British Sociological Association journal Work, Employment and Society. He uses mixed methods in his research, which ranges over small-scale qualitative case studies to national surveys. He has secured over 50 research and awards from national research councils, government, employers, trade unions and charities. He has published more than a dozen books including The Skills That Matter (Palgrave), Are bad jobs inevitable? (Palgrave) and Job Quality in Australia: Perspectives, Problems and Proposals (Federation Press). The Handbook of Skills and Training (Oxford University Press) is forthcoming. He has published around 50 academic journal articles, over 50 book chapters and more than 25 reports for government and practitioners. He has been an expert advisor to the UK (on pay, skills), Scottish (on skills, labour market issues, economic development) and Australian Governments (on skills utilisation) and was an International Expert Adviser to the OECD's LEED programme. He is currently an adviser to Oxfam's UK decent work programme.

Contact Chris: C dot Warhurst at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Research team

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Peter Elias is an internationally-recognised expert on occupational classification. Primarily a statistician and labour economist, he has become increasingly interested in the gap between policy labour market information requirements and the deficiencies of available microdata – particularly with reference to the extent to which the expansion of HE can address national skill shortages and erode obstacles to social mobility. His research experience includes statistical monitoring of the status of particular groups in the labour market and the relationship between education, vocational training and labour market outcomes.

Contact Peter: Peter dot Elias at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Gaby Atfield is a social geographer and experienced qualitative researcher who has worked on both the Futuretrack survey analyses and related projects. Her research primarily focusses on differential access to education and employment and social inclusion and exclusion. Within this broad theme, she is particularly interested in the relationship between geographical and social mobility and in the higher education experiences and outcomes of students from non-traditional backgrounds.

Contact Gaby: G dot J dot Atfield at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Wil Hunt joined IER as a Research Fellow in 2017, having recently completed his PhD at Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth. His PhD research examined the role internships play in the UK graduate labour market and considers how the practice fits in with theories of labour market change and transitions from education to employment. Prior to starting his PhD Wil worked for a number of years at the Institute for Employment Studies where his research encompassed a wide range of education and work related topics, including: higher education, the graduate labour market, career patterns of PhD and creative graduates, student finances and support arrangements, student choices and graduate flows, health and safety in the workplace, and employers’ use of migrant labour. Wil is experienced in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Contact Wil: W dot Hunt at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Rosie Day joined the institute in July 2016 as a Computing Officer. She has over 12 years' experience working in various analytical roles. Her most recent position was as a Management Information Analyst at the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Before this she worked as a Research Analyst at the West Midlands Regional Observatory and an Information Analyst at the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit.

Contact Rosie: R dot Day at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Daria Luchinskaya is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, and a Research Associate at Wales Public Services 2025 in Cardiff. Daria joined the IER in 2011 as an ESRC-CASE funded PhD student, and worked on the Futuretrack survey, investigating graduate knowledge and skill utilisation in UK small and large businesses using a mixed-methods research approach. Daria's recent projects include work for the Social Mobility Commission looking at who invests in adult skills and impact on social mobility, and on survey measures of skill utilisation. Daria specialises in mixed-methods research, including quantitative analysis, the use of survey data, and semi-structured interviews.

Contact Daria: D dot Luchinskaya at warwick dot ac dot uk

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