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Gaby Atfield

Research interests

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:

  • Work, welfare and public policy, particularly participation of disadvantaged groups in active labour market programmes;
  • Education and employment as vehicles for social mobility;
  • Social capital, social networks and integration, especially of migrants.

Recent research projects have included work on:

  • Worklessness and routes into education and employment, including programme evaluations (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.

Academic profile

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.

Current projects

  • Research to inform the development of an employment relations model in Northern Ireland. With Sally Wright, Chris Warhurst, Beate Baldauf and Sally-Anne Barnes; Project Start Date: January 2020 - Project End Date: September 2020; Funder: Labour Relations Agency [details]
  • The Effect of Local Crime on Child Marriage, School Dropout, and Employment Outcomes: A Gender Perspective from India.With Sudipa Sarka, Funded by ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund. Project Start Date: 1/11/2019 - Project End Date: 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 Start Date: 3/10/2018 - Project End Date: 02/10/2020 [details]
  • Alternative Provision Workforce Research. With Beate Baldauf and Peter Dickinson. Funded by the Department for Education. Project Start Date: Sep 2019 - Project End Date: March 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 Start Date: 22/10/2018 - Project End Date: 17/05/2019 [details]
  • Degrees of Advantage? A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates. With Kate Purcell, Peter Elias and Wil Hunt. Funded by: Nuffield Foundation. Project Start Date: 01/04/2018 - Project End Date: 30/09/2019 [details]
  • Precarious pathways to employment for young people? Unpaid, temporary and involuntary part-time work in transitions from education to employment. With Kate Purcell, Peter Elias, Anne Green, Noel Whiteside, Phil Mizen (Aston University), Melanie Simms (University of Leicester), David Wilson (Open University). Funded by: ESRC, Project Start Date 01/01/2014 - Project End Date30/09/2017 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

  • 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.
  • 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 programme. 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', 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 publications

All conference presentations


  • DTC Qualitative Methods - Qualitative Interview Data Analysis (Lecturer, Doctoral Training Centre, University of Warwick, 2014 - to date)
  • 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)


Professional memberships

  • British Association for Turkish Area Studies (BATAS)




Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 150419
Fax: +44(0)24 76 524241

G dot J dot Atfield at warwick dot ac dot uk