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Dr Daria Luchinskaya

Research interests

Graduate employment and skill utilisation, job upgrading, gender and the labour market, HE and the labour market, public service provision, mixed methods, quantitative and qualitative research approaches.

Academic profile

Dr Daria Luchinskaya is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. She was an Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study in 2015/16, and between 2016 and 2018 she was on secondment as a Research Associate at Wales Public Services 2025 in Cardiff. At the IER, Daria's recent projects include work on the effectiveness of the DWP Work Programme for participants in receipt of Employment Support Allowance, a review of measures to counteract intergenerational worklessness and fragile employment in Wales, and diversity in the screen industries workforce (see Research Projects for more information). She has also worked on a graduate job upgrading project at SKOPE, University of Oxford, and on developing a web-based women’s labour market information resource at the Scottish Government in Glasgow. Daria joined the IER in 2011 as an ESRC-CASE funded PhD student, investigating graduate knowledge and skill utilisation in UK small and large businesses using a mixed-methods research approach. Her PhD built on the Futuretrack longitudinal survey of students who applied to study full-time undergraduate courses at UK higher education institutions in 2005/06. Daria specialises in mixed-methods research, including quantitative analysis, the use of survey data, and semi-structured interviews.

Currrent projects

  • Literature review of employability programes and work placements in Higher Education. With Wil Hunt, Gaby Atfield, Beate Baldauf. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 30/01/2091 - Project End Date: 23/08/2019 [details]
  • Study on the wider benefits of completing a degree. With Wil Hunt, Heike Behle, David Owen, Gaby Atfield, Beate Baldauf and Clare Lyonette. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 22/10/2018 - Project End Date: 30/06/2021 [details]
  • Evaluation, research and development support for Start. With Sally-Anne Barnes. Funded by U-Explore. Project Start Date: 24/11/2017 - Project End date: 30/09/2018 [details]
  • LMI for All, 2018-2021. With Sally-Anne Barnes, Jenny Bimrose, Rob Wilson, David Owen, Terence Hogarth, Jeisson Cardenas-Rubio. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 01/10/2018 - Project End Date: 30/09/2021 [details]
  • Degrees of Advantage? A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates. With Chris Warhurst, Peter Elias, Gaby Atfield and Wil Hunt. Funded by: Nuffield Foundation. Project Start Date: 01/04/2018 - Project End Date: 30/09/2019 [details]
  • Graduate labour market transitions in the UK and Italy. With Charoula Tzanakou, Luca Cattani and Giulio Pedrini. Funded by: Warwick Institute for Advanced Study. Project Start Date: 01/07/2018 - Project End Date: 20/09/2018] [details]
  • Gearing Up for STEM: Skills STEM Strategy and Action Plan, Thames Valley Berksire. With Deirdre Hughes, Clare Lynotte and Olga Siemers. Commissioned by Adviza. Project Start Date: December 2016 - Project End Date: March 2018 [details]
  • Research into Migration in the UK Construction and Built Environment Sector. With Peter Elias. Funded by Royal Society. Project Start Date: 26/01/2017 - Project End Date: 25/04/2017 [details]
  • Diversity in the screen industries. With Mark Banks, Doris Eikhof, Jack Newsinger, Daniela Rudloff. Funded by: British Film Institute. Conducted by: CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, University of Leicester. Project Start Date: 01/06/2016 - Project End Date: 31/10/2016 [details].

All projects

Selected publications

All publications

All conference presentations

Doctoral supervision

Daria would be interested in supervising students working on graduate employment and transitions to work and skill utilisation.

She is second supervisor for:

  • Bhaskar Chakravorty, 'Improving skills in Bihar: Field experiment to reduce attrition fro skill-based training programmes and improve job uptake and retention.'
  • Xiaotong Zhang, 'To unfold the complexities of engaging female employees into work in China: using a gendered national programme in China as the illustration.'


Daria teaches on the Research in Applied Economics module at the University of Warwick, supervising third-year students through their undergraduate dissertations.

She is also a part-time tutor at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, teaching online short courses in Public Policy Economics and in Inequality and Labour Markets.

Previously, Daria worked as a lecturer in economics at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, where she taught the following courses:

  • Introductory mathematical methods for economics (applied mathematical methods including sequences and series, functions, and constrained and unconstrained optimisation; first-year students in Philosophy, Politics and Economics)
  • Quantitative economics (applied introductory statistical methods for economics, ranging from hypothesis testing to regression analysis; second-year students in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and in Economics and Management)

Awards and prizes

  • IAS Early Career Fellowship (Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, 2015-16)
  • ESRC 3-month PhD Internship, carried out at the Scottish Government, Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning Division (summer 2013)
  • ESRC-CASE three year PhD Studentship (Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, in conjunction with the Higher Education Careers Service Unit as the collaborating CASE partner, 2011-14)
  • HEFCE-AHRC-ESRC-supported Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) two year MPhil Studentship (St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 2008-10)

Professional memberships

  • ONS Accredited Researcher (April 2019)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (January 2015)
  • Society for Research into Higher Education
  • British Sociological Association

Other information



Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 151027

D dot Luchinskaya at warwick dot ac dot uk