IER Associate Fellows and Honorary appointments
Dr Arthur is appointed as Professor and Associate Dean Research, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her research and teaching focuses on preparing professionals for working in global contexts, for social justice, and for helping clients manage international transitions. She has published extensively in the field of multicultural counselling and career development. Her books include Counseling International Students; Case Incidents in Counseling for International Transitions, and she co-edited the award winning book, Culture-Infused Counselling. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Canadian Career Development Association and was recently elected to the Board of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance. See Nancy's University of Calgary webpage.
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.
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.
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.
Nadya Araujo Guimarães got her BA in Social Sciences (1971) and MA in Sociology (1974) at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and her PhD in Sociology at UNAM, México (1983); Post-Doctoral Studies at MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology/DUSP-Department of Urban Studies and Planning (1993-4). She is Chair Professor at University of São Paulo-Dept. of Sociology, where she has been teaching from 1999 on and coordinates the Graduate Program in Sociology. She is also a Senior Researcher Coordinator at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, a special research program at CEBRAP – Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento, and an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK and also at the Laboratoire CNRS “Genre, Travail et Mobilités”, Paris, France. She was also Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Brasilia (1971-1973), Professor at Federal University of Bahia (1974-1994) and Visiting Professor at Princeton University / Program in Latin American Studies (2007). Present research activities include studies on labour market dynamics focusing on: (i) comparative studies on workers trajectories and unemployment experience under different welfare regimes and employment systems (São Paulo, Paris and Tokyo); (ii) labour market institutions and social networks in search for job in São Paulo; (iii) gender and race inequalities in Brazilian labour market.
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.
Massimo Tomassini is engaged in activities within three main fields: 1. Research: applying reflective/reflexive methods in different areas such as work-based learning and life skills. 2. Education: teaching as contract professor at the Roma Tre University (Faculty of Education Science); implementing education and action-research projects in companies and non-profit organisations; 3 Individual and group development, carrying out a private activity as mindfulness counsellor according to principles established by the Mindfulness Project (within the Lama Tzong Kapa Institute). Massimo attended the first teachers’ training course of the Cultivating Emotional Balance programme, in 2010.
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).