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Honorary appointments

IER Associate Fellows and Honorary appointments

Graham Attwell- Honorary Associate Professor

gattwell.jpgGraham 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.

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Dr Heike Behle- Honorary Research Fellow

Heike BehleHeike 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.
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Professor Derek Bosworth - Honorary Professorial Fellow

Derek Bosworth was also an Emeritus Professor at UMIST (now the University of Manchester), Senior Research Associate at St. Peter’s College, Oxford and Professorial 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.

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Professor Paul Edwards - Honorary Professor

Natalie Fisher - Honorary Associate Professor

N FisherNatalie 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 and Military Spousal/Partner Employment: Identifying the Barriers and Support Required 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.

Professor Anne Green - Honorary Professor

Anne GreenAnne 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.

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Dr Deirdre Hughes - Associate Fellow

Deirdre HughesDr 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 Angela Knox - Honorary Associate Professor

Angie Knox

Angela Knox is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at the University of Sydney Business School. Her research focuses on job quality, precarious work, skills and employment regulation. Her research has been published in numerous top-tier journals, including: Work, Employment and Society, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Gender, Work and Organisation and Journal of Industrial Relations. She has also co-edited (with Chris Warhurst) a book on Job Quality in Australia, published by Federation Press. Angela is currently engaged in national and international collaborative research projects in the fields of precarious work, bullying, skills and migration and job quality.

Angela regularly engages with industry, Government and unions and contributes to public debate regarding work and employment. She has provided expert evidence to Australia's Federal Government Senate Inquiry and she is frequently contacted for expert comment by the television, radio and print media.

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Dr Yuxin Li - Associate Fellow

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.

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Dr Daria Luchinskaya - Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Daria Luchidaria luchinskaya profilenskaya Lecturer at the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde,

Dr Daria Luchinskaya is a Lecturer at the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde. Her research focuses on graduate transitions to employment, skill utilisation and job upgrading, and she teaches across a range of areas related to her research work in Human Resource Management, organisational behaviour and research methods courses.

Daria was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick from 2015 to 2019, and was an Early Career Fellow of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study. Between 2016 and 2018 she was on secondment as a Research Associate at Wales Public Services 2025 in Cardiff.

At the IER, Daria worked on a number of projects related to employment and the labour market, including adults’ participation in training, wider benefits of higher education, and diversity in the British screen industries. During her time at Wales Public Services 2025, she worked on public service financing, focusing on healthcare spend in Wales.

Arlene Robertson - Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Rafael Muñoz-de-Bustillo Llorente - Honorary Associate Professor

Munonz de BustilloRafael 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.

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Professor Philip Taylor - Honorary Professor

Philip TaylorProfessor Philip Taylor has 30 years of experience as a researcher, policy writer and advisor on workforce ageing. He has written over 160 books, journal articles, book chapters, reports and commentaries on issues including individual orientations to work and retirement, employer behaviour towards older workers and developments in public policy aimed at prolonging working life. He has provided advice to senior politicians and served on a number of public committees in Australia, the UK and elsewhere. He has won major competitive grants from: ARC (Australia), SSHRCC (Canada), and the ESRC (UK) (@$5 mill) and substantial consultancy funding from various Australian, European Union and Singaporean agencies (@$2 mill), among others. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Associate Editor of the journal Ageing & Society. He was the 2018 Australian Association of Gerontology Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow on the topic of work and ageing.

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Dr Erez Yerushalmi - Honorary Research Fellow

Erez YerushalmiDr. 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).