Gaby's current research primarily focuses on differential access to the labour market and the relationship between employment and social inclusion/exclusion. Within this broad theme, she is particularly interested in how disadvantaged groups engage with policies and programmes to improve their education and employment prospects, including:
- Work, welfare and public policy, particularly participation of disadvantaged groups in active labour market programmes;
- Higher education and employment as vehicles for social mobility;
- Social capital, social networks and integration, especially of young people and migrants.
Recent research projects have included work on:
- Worklessness and routes into education and employment, including programme evaluations (SERCO, British Council, DWP, Isle of Angelsey County Council, BIG, ESRC, Centrepoint and TfL);
- The graduate labour market (Nuffield, Royal Society of Chemistry, SWRDA, Irish Research Council, ESRC, DfE), including the Futuretrack project, tracking 2006 HE applicants through HE and into employment (HECSU and the Nuffield Foundation);
- Migrants in the labour market, (UKCES, Home Office/Migration Advisory Committee, EMDA), including refugees and asylum seekers (BIG).
Gaby has particular methodological interests in:
- Longitudinal research and tracking (using both quantitative and qualitative methods);
- Online survey research;
- Participatory and inclusive methods and cross-cultural and community research.
She has experience working with Turkish, Kurdish and Somali-speaking diasporic communities.
Gaby has a background in Geography and joined IER in November 2007. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher at the Universities of Birmingham and Dundee and Goldsmiths College, University of London and was a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Sussex.
Selected current projects
- UK veterans from ethnic minority backgrounds, with Emily Erickson, David Owen and Andreana Glendinning; Funded by the Office for Veterans' Affairs, Project duration: April 2022 - February 2023
- Educational Psychology services: Workforce insights and school perspectives on impact. With Beate Baldauf, David Owen and Ecorys, Funded by the Department for Education, Project duration: February 2022 - March 2023
- Innovation for African Universities Programme. Funded by the British Council, Project Duration: September 2021 - October 2022
- The Effect of Local Crime on Child Marriage, School Dropout, and Employment Outcomes: A Gender Perspective from India. With Sudipa Sarkar, Funded by ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund. Project duration:1/11/2019 - 30/04/2021 [details]
- Identification of factors affecting successful outcomes in the DDU-GKY Indian skills programme for unemployed young people. Funded by ESRC. Project duration: 3/10/2018 - 02/10/2020 [details]
- Study on the wider benefits of completing a degree. With Wil Hunt, Heike Behle, Daria Luchinskaya, David Owen, Beate Baldauf and Clare Lyonette. Funded by Department for Education. Project duration: 22/10/2018 - 30/06/2021 [details]
- Atfield, G., Baldauf, B and Kispeter, E. (2021) Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 Rapid evidence review; Education, childcare and social work and related social care workforce. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Elias, P., Purcell, K., Atfield, G., Kispeter, E., Day, R. and Poole, S. (2021) Ten Years On - the Futuretrack Graduates. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Purcell, K., Elias, P., Atfield, G, Kispeter, E., Day, R. and Poole, S. (2021) Covid 19 and graduate careers. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Purcell, K, Elias, P., Atfield, G. and Kispeter, E. (2021) What a difference a year makes: the impact of Covid 19 on graduate careers. Coventry: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Green, A., Owen, D., Atfield, G., Baldauf, B., Bramley, G. and Kispeter, E. (2020). Employer decision-making around skill shortages, employee shortages and migration: Literature Review. Birmingham and Coventry: City-REDI, University of Birmingham, and Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
- Hunt, W. and Atfield, G. (2019) The wider (non-market) benefits of post 18 education for individuals and society. London: Department for Education.
- Lyonette, C., Atfield, G., Baldauf, B. and Owen, D. (2019) Research on the educational psychologist workforce: research report. Department for Education (March).
- Orton, M., Green, A., Atfield, G. and Barnes, S-A. (2018) 'Employer Participation in Active Labour Market Policy: from Reactive Gatekeepers to Proactive Strategic Partners' Journal of Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279418000600
- Adam, D. Atfield, G. and Green, A. (2017). 'What works? Policies for employability in cities'. Urban Studies. 54(5): 1162-1177. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015625021
- Green, A., Atfield, G. and Purcell, K. (2015) 'Fuelling displacement and labour market segmentation in low-skilled jobs? Insights from a local study of migrant and student employment', Environment and Planning A 48 (3), 577-593 DOI: 10.1177/0308518X15614327
- Atfield, G., Bashir, N., Crisp, R. and Powell, R. (2014) "A challenge to the status quo": Early experiences of involving young people in the Talent Match programmeLink opens in a new window. Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
- Green, A.E., Atfield, G., Staniewicz, T., Baldauf, B. and Adam, D. (2014) 'Determinants of the composition of the workforce in low skilled sectors of the UK economy: Social care and retail sectors'Link opens in a new window, Report for Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Home Office
- Behle, H. and Atfield, G. (2013) 'Employability, key skills and graduate attributes', in The Global Student Experience: An International and Comparative Analysis, 78- 97, Editors: Kandiko, C.B. and Weyers, M. (978-0-415-80926-9) Routledge
- Atfield, G., Brahmbhatt, K., Hakimi, H., and O'Toole, T. (2012) 'Involving community researchers in refugee research', in Community Research for Participation: From Theory to Method, Editors: Goodson, L. and Phillimore, J. (9781847424358) Policy Press
All conference presentations
- Xiaotong ZhangLink opens in a new window 'What are enablers, constraints, processual mechanisms and methods of female self-employment and female entrepreneurship in Beijing?'
- Mohammed Abdullahi 'What are the return propensities of Nigerian Medical Doctors in the UK?'
- Danya NusseirLink opens in a new window 'Exploring the role of digital literacy in integration of marginalised communities: Arab refugee women and access to the labour market in Jordan, Lebanon and the UK'
- DTC Qualitative Methods - Qualitative Interview Data Analysis (Lecturer, Doctoral Training Centre, University of Warwick, 2014 - to date)
- DTP Advanced training - Using qualitative data in research reports (Lecturer, White Rose DTP convened by the University of Leeds, 2023)
- Introduction to Qualitative Methods (Lecturer, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), 2021)
- Introduction to Qualitative Methods (Lecturer, Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), India, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- Conducting ethical research (Lecturer, Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), India, 2020, 2021)
- Conducting research during the Covid-19 pandemic (Lecturer, Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), India, 2021)
- Methods in Migration Research MA (Convenor & Lecturer, University of Sussex, 2002-3)
- Migration Studies MA (Lecturer, University of Sussex, 2002-3)
- Refugees and Development MA (Lecturer, University of Sussex, 2002-3)
- European Cultural Identity MA (Lecturer, School of European Studies, University of Sussex, 2002-3)
- Contemporary European Migration BA/BSc Year 2/3 (Convenor & Lecturer, School of European Studies, University of Sussex, 2002-3)
- Issues in Contemporary Society: Migration BA/BSc Year 2/3 (Convenor & Lecturer, School of Social Science, University of Sussex, 2002-3)
- Cities BA/BSc Year 1 (Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sussex, 2002)
- Human Geography Fieldcourse BA/BSc Year 1 (Department of Geography, University of Sussex, 2002)
- Research Methods BA Year 3 (Seminar Leader, Department of Politics and Social Policy, Goldsmiths College (2001)
- Global Change BA/BSc Year 3 (Seminar Leader, Department of Geography, University of Newcastle, 1999-2000)
- Politics, Culture and Territory BA/BSc Year 3 (Seminar Leader, Department of Geography, University of Newcastle, 1998-9)
- British Association for Turkish Area Studies (BATAS)
- British Sociological Association