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Dr Heike Behle

Research interests

Heike is interested in employability gain as an outcome to higher, vocational and secondary education. She analyses the transferability of vocational and employability skills to a work place using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. She evaluates specific screening devices and profiling methods together with interventions to increase participants' employability with a specific focus on young people and stabilised mental health as an outcome. She is particularly interested in Intra-European Mobility, specifically for high-qualified workers.

Heike works for the LEGACY project and, as part of this role, is on a secondment to the Strategic Planning & Analytics Office.

Academic profile

Heike Behle joined the Institute for Employment Research as a Research Fellow in September 2004. Before coming to Warwick she worked at the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) in Nuremberg, Germany. Heike is a trained quantitative sociologist but applies both quantiative and qualitative methods in her research. Her Ph.D. dealt with the effects of insecure employment on the mental health of young people and evaluated an active labour market programme.

Current projects

  • Study on the wider benefits of completing a degree. With Wil Hunt, Gaby Atfield, Daria Luchinskaya, David Owen, Beate Baldauf and Clare Lyonette. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 22/10/2018 - Project End Date: 31/03/2019 [details]
  • Graduates in non-graduate jobs. Using secondary data, this study analyses the circumstances under which graduates from undergraduate courses find access to skill-appropriate graduate jobs in their transition to the labour market. Funded by SRHE and HESA. Project Start Date: 01/03/2016 Project End Date: 01/06/2016 [details]
  • LEGACY. Delivering Valid Measures of Learning Gain Funded by HEFCE. Project Start Date: 01/01/2016 - Project End Date: 31/08/2018 [details]

Click here for a list of all previous projects

Selected publications

  • Behle, H. and Maher, S. (2018) Measuring 'Teaching Excellence' and 'Learning Gain' in the UK. Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung, Vol. 40 (2) 48-67, Themenheft „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft“ [= Contribution to higher education research. Special issue "Measuring learning gain in higher education]
  • Behle, H. und M. Pentassuglia (2018, in print) Il concetto di Employability: framework e focus sui giovani europei [= The employability concept. Framework and focus on European youth.] in Sartori, R. und G. Tacconi, Employability: Lo sviluppo dell’occupabilità quale strumento per l’auto-formazione [=Employability. The development of employability through instruments for self-assessment], Editor: Collana: Sociologia del lavoro, Franco Angeli Editore.
  • Tzanakou, Ch. and H. Behle (2017) The intra-European transferability of graduates’ skills gained in the U.K., Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43:8, 1379-1397, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1300342

  • Behle, H. (2017) Developing vocational competences during secondary school?. European Journal of Training and Development, 41, (1), 39 - 49.

  • Behle, H. (2016) Graduates in non-graduate occupations. HEFCE Blog. SRHE Blog. Report.
  • Behle. H. (2016) The early Career Paths of UK-educated Intra-European mobile Graduates. Journal for Further and Higher Education, 41, (6),802-816 DOI 10.1080/0309877X.2016.1188895
  • Behle, H., Atfield, G., Elias, P., Gambin, L., Green, A., Hogarth,T., Purcell,K., Tzanakou Ch. and Ch. Warhurst (2015). Reassessing the employment outcomes of higher education. J Huisman and J. Case (eds.) Investigating Higher Education. International perspectives on theory, policy and practice. Oxon and New York, Routledge Press: 114-131.
  • Behle, H. (2014) 'European Mobility of UK educated graduates. Who stays, who goes?'. Higher Education Quarterly, 68 (3), 288 - 304. doi: 10.1111/hequ.12051
  • Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Behle, H., Barnes, S-A., Hughes, D., Andrews, D., Davies, E. and Wiseman, J. (2014) 'Understanding the link between employers and schools and the role of the National Careers Service', BIS Research Paper No. 206, London: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, BIS Research Paper No. 206.

All publications

All conference presentations

Professional memberships

Ph.D. Supervision and other teaching

  • Supply Teaching (BA and MA students) at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen - Geislingen (2017, 2018). Empirical Research Methods, Statistics, SPSS.
  • Workshops for transferable skills and employability
  • Ph.D. Supervision: Olga Siemers. Skills for here or to take away?
  • Ph.D. Supervision: Hanna Xue. Employability of College-based students.




Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76150225
Fax: +44(0)24 76524241

Heike dot Behle at warwick dot ac dot uk