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Dr Sally-Anne Barnes

Research interests

Sally-Anne specialises in and has particular research interests in: crowdsourcing; ICT based innovations, implementations and applications; career transitions and career decision making; and qualitative research methodology and data analysis. Sally-Anne would be interested in supervising research students in these or related fields.

Academic profile

Dr Sally-Anne Barnes is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. With an established track record in research, she has worked on and managed a range of projects in the area of technology, careers and learning. Sally-Anne specialises in and is currently involved in researching: new forms of internet-enabled labour exchange, employability and career adaptability; individual career identities, learning and training; the development of high quality impartial labour market information; and the use of ICT to support the professional development of careers professionals. She is principally interested in the interrelationship between technology, work, careers and learning. Sally-Anne has been centrally involved in a number of projects investigating how individuals navigate the labour market and the narratives around these transitions and decisions. In addition, she has undertaken a number of literature reviews on employability, internet-enabled labour exchanges, career adaptability, career development interventions for the low skilled and for those in higher education, and on skills diagnostics and screening tools. Sally-Anne is an experienced qualitative interviewer and has particular expertise in qualitative research methodologies and data analysis techniques as applied to longitudinal biographical research, and literature review methodologies.

Current projects

  • One by one: building the digital literacies of UK museums. With Erika Kispeter. Funded by AHRC. Project Start Date: 01/09/2017 - Project End Date: 29/02/2020 [details]
  • Research to support local skills supply and demand interventions. With David Owen. Funded by CITB. Project Start Date: 30/04/2018 - Project End Date: 01/10/2019 [details]
  • Barriers to military spousal employment research project. With Clare Lyonette and Erika Kispeter. Funded by Army Families Federation. Project Start Date: 08/01/2017 - Project End Date: 07/11/2018 [details]
  • Evaluation, research and development support for Start. With Daria Luchinskaya. Funded by U-Explore. Project Start Date: 24/112017 - Project End date: 30/09/2018 [details]
  • Self-Employment and the Armed Forces Community. With Clare Lyonette and David Owen. Funded by Forces in Mind Trust. Project Start date: 01/12/16 - Project End date: 30/07/2018 [details]
  • Evaluation of an employer-led joint investment strategy. With Lynn Gambin, Funded by: CITB, Project Start Date: 01/05/2014 - Project End Date: 30/04/2018 [details]
  • Provision of data analysis and intelligence on skills and labour markets. With Lynn Gambin and Rob Wilson. Funded by CEDEFOP. Project Start Date: 22/12/2014 - Project End Date: 21/12/2019 [details]

  • Talent match evaluation and learning contract. With Gaby Atfield and Anne Green. Funded by: Big Lottery Fund. Project Start Date: 01/11/2014 - Project End Date: 29/09/2018 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

All publications

All conference presentations

Doctoral supervision

  • Tannis Goddard, On-line career counselling (Due to complete 2018)
  • Lorraine Johnson, Does the nationally funded career support system meet the needs of late career professional women? (Due to complete 2020)
  • Mags Bexon, The use of information communications technology (ICT) and labour market intelligence (LMI) in careers education and guidance (Due to complete 2019)


  • John Gough, Definition of the professional identity of Career Guidance practitioners, (2018)
  • Szilvia Schmitsek, Drop-out reducing strategies: the role of careers guidance (2018)

Sally-Anne would be interested in supervising research students in: crowdsourcing; ICT based innovations, implementations and applications; and career transitions and career decision making.


  • DTC Qualitative Methods - Qualitative data analysis (lecturer, University of Warwick, 2011 - to date)
  • WMG ENG/PhD Research Methdology (REME) (lecturer, 2014 - to date)
  • Careers labour market information training (trainer, 2013-2014, CSWP Ltd.)
  • MA Training and Human Resource Development (seminar leader, University of Warwick, 2003/04)
  • Training and Human Resource Development (lecturer, University of Warwick, 2002/03)
  • Sociological Imagination (undergraduate sessional tutor, University of Warwick, 1999-2001

External activities

External examiner, University of Ulster (2012/13-2015/16)


Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Other information

IER Functional Manager: Promotion and Dissemination (2008 to 2017)

PhD Thesis: Communication Technologies at Work: Organisational Cultures and Employee Narratives (2003)

Editorial board member Sociological Research Online Journal (2007-2010)


Principal Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 574397
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