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IER Gaby Atfield - Research projects


  • Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIP), with Universities of Birmingham, Aston, Birmingham City, Coventry, Keele, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), Citizens UK, Urban Communication and the Economic Intelligence Unit, Funded by: ESRC, Project duration: April 2023 - September 2023


  • UK veterans from ethnic minority backgrounds, with Gaby Atfield, Beate Baldauf, Emily Erickson, David Owen and Andreana Glendinning; Funded by the Office for Veterans' Affairs, Project duration: April 2022 - August 2023
  • Employability proposition academic requirements; with David Owen; Funded by Serco; Project Duration: December 2021 - January 2022
  • Innovation for African Universities Programme; Funded by the British Council, Project Duration: September 2021 - October 2022
  • Educational Psychology services: Workforce insights and school’s perspectives on impact. With Beate Baldauf, David Owen and Ecorys, Funded by Department for Education, Project duration: February 2022 - March 2023


  • Degrees of Advantage? A longer-term investigation of the careers of UK graduates. With Kate Purcell, Peter Elias, Gaby Atfield and Erika Kispeter. Funded by: Nuffield Foundation. Project duration: April 2018 - September 2021 [details]
  • Diversity and Inclusion Targets Review; with Beate Baldauf; Funded by ScreenSkills; April - June 2021



  • Literature review of employability programmes and work placements in Higher Education. With Wil Hunt, Daria Luchinskaya and Beate Baldauf. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 30/01/2019 - Project End Date: 23/08/2019 [details]
  • The Impact of Accountancy Apprenticeships. With Peter Dickinson, Beate Baldauf and Erika Kispeter, Funded by Kaplan. Project Start Date: February 2019 - Project End Date: February 2020 (Details)
  • Talent match evaluation and learning contract. With Anne Green, Duncan Adam. Sally-Anne Barnes, Maria G De Hoyos Guajardo, Jenny Bimrose. Funded by: Big Lottery Fund. Project Start Date: 01/11/2014 - Project End Date: 29/09/2019 [details}
  • Apprenticeships Funding Policy Survey. With Peter Dickinson. Funded by the Department for Education. Project Start Date: 11/02/2019 - Project End Date: 22/03/2019 [details]


  • The impact of the Youth Obligation on disadvantaged young people. With Anne Green. Funded by: Centrepoint. Project Start Date: 01/06/2017 - Project End Date: 31/11/2018 [details]
  • Research into the educational psychology workforce in England. With David Owen, Beate Baldauf, Clare Lyonette and Michael Orton. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 18/06/2018 - Project End Date: 17/10/2018. [details].
  • The wider (non-market) benefits of post 18 education. With Wil Hunt, Beate Baldauf, Daria Luchinskaya, Peter Dickinson and Alan Brown. Funded by Department for Edcuation. Project Start Date: 16/04/18 - Project End Date: 31/07/2018. [details]
  • Productivity and Skills Commission Annual Report. With Chris Warhurst, Peter Dickinson and David Owen. Funded by West Midlands Combined Authority. Project Start Date: 19/02/2018 - Project End Date: 30/06/2018 [details]
  • The impact of the Youth Obligation on disadvantaged young people, with Anne Green. Funded by Centrepoint. Project Start date: 01/06/17 - Project End date: 31/11/2018


  • 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 and Anne Green (IER), and Noel Whiteside (Sociology), Phil Mizen (Aston University), Melanie Simms (University of Leicester) and David Wilson (Open University), Funded by: ESRC, Project Start Date: 01/06/2014 Project End Date: 31/05/2017 [details]Link opens in a new window 
  • The state of sexism in UK schools. With Clare Lyonette and Erika Kispeter. Funded by UK Feminista and the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Project Start date: 23/03/2016 - Project End date: 13/01/2017 [details]
  • Apprenticeships Funding Policy Survey, with Peter Dickinson and Stef Poole, Funded by DfE. Project Start Date: 25/09/2017 Project End Date: 16/10/2017 


  • Richer Information on Student Views. With Clare Lyonette and Sally-Anne Barnes. Funded by HESA. Project Start Date: 12/05/16 - Project End Date: 31/07/16


  • The Long-term Impact of Debt Advice on Low Income Households, with Michael Orton. Funded by: Friends Provident Foundation, Project Start Date: 01/07/2007 Project End Date: 31/10/2015
  • The impact of changes to teachers pay on equality in schools in England, with David Owen, Clare Lyonette and Sally-Anne Barnes. Funded by: National Association of School Masters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), Project Start Date: 30/09/2014 Project End Date: 29/05/2015 [details]


  • Tracking student mothers’ participation in higher education over time, with Clare Lyonette, Heike Behle and Lynn Gambin. Funded by: Nuffield Foundation, Project Start Date: 01/05/2013 Project End Date: 30/09/2014 [details]
  • Alumni destination catalogue, with Clare Lyonette, Beate Baldauf and Heike Behle. Funded by: Irish Research Council, Project Start Date: 24/06/2013 Project End Date: 14/04/2014


  • Determinants of the composition of the labour force in low skilled sectors of the UK economy - Retail and Social care sectors, with Anne Green, Duncan Adam, Beate Baldauf, Yuxin Li (IER) and Teresa Staniewicz (Sociology), Funded by: The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) / Home Office, Project Start Date: 29/07/2013 Project End Date: 29/11/2013
  • Cities, Growth and Poverty, with Anne Green, Duncan Adam (IER) and the Work Foundation, Funded by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Project Start Date: 01/01/2013 Project End Date: 25/07/2013
  • Determinants of the composition of the labour force in low skilled sectors of the economy - Construction and Hospitality and catering sectors, with Anne Green, Duncan Adam (IER) and Teresa Staniewicz (Sociology), Funded by: The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) / Home Office, Project Start Date: 23/11/2012 Project End Date: 29/03/2013 [details]Link opens in a new window


  • Stocktake of Worklessness Policy Analysis , with Anne Green and Duncan Adam, Funded by: DWP, Project Start Date: 06/02/2012 Project End Date: 04/06/2012 [details]Link opens in a new window
  • Labour Market Analysis, Terence Hogarth, Sally-Anne Barnes, Anne Green, David Owen, Rob Wilson, Yuxin Li and Lynn Gambin. Funded by: UKCES, Project Start Date: 03/10/2011 Project End Date: 30/04/2012
  • Futuretrack Longitudinal Programme - Core Study, with Kate Purcell, Peter Elias, Heike Behle and Ritva Ellison. Funded by: HECSU, Project Start Date: 01/07/2006 Project End Date: 30/04/2012
  • Final Review and Evaluation of the Mon Menai Economic Inactivity Project, with Duncan Adam and Anne Green. Funded by: WAG / Isle of Anglesey County Council, Project Start Date: 14/01/2012 Project End Date: 30/03/2012


  • Report on the NI Findings from Futuretrack Stage 3.1, with Kate Purcell, Funded by: Department for Employment and Learning (Belfast), Project Start Date: 02/11/2011 Project End Date: 30/11/2011
  • Impact of Student and Migrant Employment on Opportunities for Low Skilled People, with Anne Green, Kate Purcell, Peter Elias. Funded by: UKCES, Project Start Date: 11/10/2010 Project End Date: 31/03/2011
  • Understanding Population Trends and Processes Evaluation, with David Owen and Anne Green, Funded by: ESRC. Project Start Date: 01/07/2010 Project End Date: 31/01/2011


  • In-Work Poverty in the East Midlands in 2009, with Michael Orton, Anne Green, Duncan Adam, Terence Hogarth (IER) and Rhys Davies (WISERD). Funded by: EMDA, Project Start Date: 01/12/2009 Project End Date: 31/03/2010
  • Migrant Workers in East Midlands in 2009, with Anne Green, David Owen (IER), Rhys Davies (WISERD), Paul Jones (CRESR). Funded by: EMDA, Project Start Date: 01/12/2009 Project End Date: 31/03/2010
  • Student career decision-making: Experience and research – making the connection. Putting Research Outcomes into Practice, with Kate Purcell (IER), Martin Pennington and Paul Jackson (University of Leicester). Funded by: HECSU, Project Start Date: 01/01/2010 Project End Date: 01/01/2010


  • The Impact of Placements on Business in the SW, with Terence Hogarth and Kate Purcell. Funded by: SWRDA, Project Start Date: 01/08/2007 Project End Date: 30/09/2009
  • Northern Ireland's Students: Key Findings from Futuretrack Stage 1, with Kate Purcell. Funded by: DELNI, Project Start Date: 02/01/2009 Project End Date: 31/01/2009


  • Factors Affecting Post-University Employment of Chemical Science Graduates in UK, with Kate Purcell (IER) and Charlie Ball (HECSU). Funded by: Royal Society of Chemistry, Project Start Date: 18/10/2007 Project End Date: 31/07/2008
  • Lessons From West Bowling Youth Initiative: Then, Now and the Future’, with Santokh Singh Gill, Richard Gale, Martin Mac an Ghaill and Therese O'Toole (University of Birmingham). Funded by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Project Start Date: 01/11/2006 Project End Date: 01/05/2008

2007 (University of Birmingham)

  • Refugees' Experiences of Integration, with Therese O'Toole, (University of Birmingham), Kavita Brahmbhatt and Anya Rudiger (Refugee Council). Funded by: Big Lottery Fund, Project Start Date: 01/11/2005 Project End Date: 01/11/2007


  • Service Provision and the New Populations: An Assessment of the Training Needs of the Advice Sector, Funded by: WMBC. Project Start Date: 01/06/2005 Project End Date: 01/10/2005
  • Regional Democratic Participation in a Two-Tier European Union: The Case of the Kurds in Turkey, with P. Aydin, Funded by: KHRP and EC, Project Start Date: 01/01/2005 Project End Date: 01/04/2005

2003 (University of Sussex)

  • The Migration Two-Step: Negotiating Migration Chains Between Diyarbakir, Istanbul and London, Funded by: Kinross, Project Start Date: 01/07/2003 Project End Date: 01/12/2003
  • Understanding Voluntary Assisted Return, with Richard Black, Karen Munk, Lisa D'Onofrio and Richmond Tiemoko (University of Sussex) and Khalid Koser (UCL). Funded by: Home Office, Project Start Date: 01/09/2002 Project End Date: 01/03/2003

2002 (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

  • Refugees: Opportunities and Barriers to Training and Employment, with Alice Bloch (Goldsmiths). Funded by: Department for Work and Pensions, Project Start Date: 01/07/2001 Project End Date: 01/08/2002
  • Professional Capacity of Nationals From the Somali Regions in the UK, with Alice Bloch (Goldsmiths). Funded by: Refugee Action and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Project Start Date: 01/12/2001 Project End Date: 01/05/2002