IER Associate Fellows and Honorary appointments
Graham Attwell is a specialist in Technology-enhanced teaching and learning and web-based learning environment development. He is involved in research and development into pedagogies for Technology Enhanced Learning, recognition of informal learning, training of teachers and trainers and development of open source software for education and Open Educational Resources. His recent work has focused on research and development of new applications and approaches to e-Portfolios and Personal Learning Environments and use of social software for learning and knowledge development. He is experienced in the use of ICT for e-Learning and in developing, delivering and moderating e-learning programmes for teachers and trainers in initial training and for professional development. His company, Pontydysgu, has organised a series of face-to-face and on-line workshops for teachers in producing Open Education resources. He is a consultant to OECD and UNESCO on open content development and and has acted as a consultant to the European Centre for Vocational Education and Training (CEDEFOP) on virtual communities and knowledge harvesting. He has extensive experience of national project evaluation and national and international programme evaluation in relation to innovations in learning, including use of ICT to support learning. He is currently working with the support team for the JISC Emerge and CREATE programmes. His popular edublog - the Wales Wide Web.
Heike is interested in higher education research, and, in this context, focuses on the increase in employability as an outcome to higher education. Other work concentrates on the transition in-between higher education (e.g. from BA to a MA course), the transition from higher education into the work place or the prevention of drop-outs.
In her research, she generates primary data or uses existing secondary administrative data to understand learning processes and the specific background of students. Also, she evaluates specific schemes in the context of teaching and learning in higher education. Her results are used to understand higher education students and thus, to improve the teaching and learning provision of the university.
Heike started her career at the highly prestigious German Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) (Institute for Employment Research) before her engagement at Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research, where she worked for more than a decade. She is now employed at the Universität Hohenheim in Stuttgart in Germany where she conducts research on behalf of the Quality Management Section.
Contact details: Heike.Behle@uni-hohenheim.de
Derek Bosworth is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester, Senior Research Associate at St. Peter’s College, Oxford and Research Fellow at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Until recently, he was also an Honorary Professor at Wuhan University of Technology. He has worked with IER and its predecessors for over thirty years. He started work as a researcher at The University of Warwick, undertaking workforce projections for the then Engineering Industry Training Board, and has continued to take an interest in issues relating to skills and employment throughout his career. He has worked extensively on both theoretical and empirical labour supply and demand models, as well as analysing their implications for skill shortages, education and training.
Natalie has spent the last twelve years supporting the Armed Forces Community working initially as a psychologist for the MoD and more recently as an Occupational Psychologist leading military personnel research for QinetiQ. Her work has ranged from direct support including conducting psychological assessments for arduous roles to leading large-scale, applied research studies to enhance organisation performance. Recent research includes: Self-Employment and the Armed Forces Community http://www.fim-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/20181008-Self-employment-and-the-Armed-Forces-FINAL.pdf and Military Spousal/Partner Employment: Identifying the Barriers and Support Required https://aff.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Employment-Research-report-ONLINE-COPY.pdf. Her work has been praised by MOD for the impact it has had on Defence decision making. Natalie is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, and a Registered Psychologist (Occupational) with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Anne Green is Professor of Regional Economic Development at City-REDI (Regional Economic Development Institute), Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She was formerly a long-standing member of staff at IER. A geographer by background, her research focuses on geographical aspects of employment change, non-employment, local skills strategies, inclusive growth, regional and urban economic development, migration, and policy assessment and evaluation. Her research has been funded by a wide range of organisations, including government departments and agencies (including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Education, the Home Office [to inform the Migration Advisory Committee) and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the ESRC and the OECD. Recent research includes an ESRC research project on Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction – including papers on data analysis on employment change, wages and poverty, employment entry, supporting progression in work, improving job quality and the role for policy; reports for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on inclusive growth, improving progression from low-paid jobs at city level and on how cities can connect people in poverty to jobs; and for the OECD on skills for competitiveness and employment and skills strategies in England.
See Anne’s Birmingham webpage for more information.
Terence Hogarth is a Senior Adviser at Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB), a not-for-profit research foundation based in Rome, where he leads a programme of cross-national research on skills and employment. Prior to joining FGB in 2016 he worked for over a quarter of a century in the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick where he led a programme of research on skill mismatches, apprenticeships, and the financing of training. While at IER he was responsible for designing and leading the Net Costs and Benefits of Training to Employers study – which estimated the net cost to the employer of training apprentices - which has been periodically undertaken since the mid-1990s. His current work focuses on effective systems of skills governance, estimating the returns from investments in skill initiatives, and cross-country comparisons of apprenticeship systems. Over the past thirty five years his research has been funded by the UK Department for Education, CEDEFOP, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank amongst others. He has recently edited a series of essays on technology, skills an employment – published as Economy employment and skills: European, regional and global perspectives in an age of uncertainty (Rome: Quaderni Series No.61).
Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE is a freelance academic researcher, career development professional and government policy adviser. She has written over 125 articles and book chapters, and made over 200 presentations to international, national and regional professional groups dealing with all-age careers work, employment and skills issues. She is co-editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling International Symposium Series. She is also a Cedefop appointed national expert in lifelong guidance and careers education (May 2017).
In 2012 she was awarded an OBE in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to career guidance. She was previously President of the UK Institute of Career Guidance (2009-2010) and co-founder of the Careers Profession Alliance. She was awarded a Legacy Fellowship by the UK Career Development Institute (2012) by process of peer review. With over 30 years of experience working in four UK universities, Deirdre has combined her academic research and teaching with senior advisory roles reporting to Ministers in the UK. She is currently a member of an Advisory Group reporting directly to the Rt. Hon. Minister Hayes MP CBE in the Department for Transport on the Infrastructure Skills Strategy. She was appointed by the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions (DWP) and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) as a Commissioner with the UK Commission for Employment & Skills (2011 -2015). She was Chair of the National Careers Council in England, reporting directly to three Skills Ministers (2012-2014).
Dr Yuxin Li is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Finance, Shanghai University of International Studies, China.
Dr Li was at Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research from 2009 until 2016 during which time she worked on several projects related to job search and employment in both UK and Europe context. Dr Li was appointed to the post of Associate Professor at the Shanghai International Studies University in September 2016. Her research interests are in the areas of labour economics related studies including education economics, demographic economics (or population economics), labour market outcomes, wages and productivity.
Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo Llorente is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Salamanca, Spain. With quite diverse research interests, in the last two decades he has concentrated his research and writing in the field of labour economics (including the measure of job quality), immigration and the economics of Welfare state. He has participated in several EU research projects, the last one a H2020 project on Innovation and job quality. He has been Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of North-Eastern (2013), Boston, and European Scholar in Residence at the University of Massachusetts (1998). Since 2004 he has collaborated in 8 different research projects with the ILO.
Dr. Erez Yerushalmi is a lecturer of Economics and Business in the Business School at Birmingham City University (BCU). He was formally a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research (IER) from 2012 to 2017. His work focused on development economic issues such as Georgia, CEDEFOP, UNESCO, LMI4All and others.
Erez specialises in Applied Policy Analysis using Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling, econometric forecasting, and other complex quantitative methods. He has over 15 years of professional experience in economic research and consulting and 4 years in project management. Prior to working within academia, he worked for five years in the private sector as an economist in various international consulting firms. (For more info, see Erez’s Birmingham City University profile).