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Dr Sally-Anne Barnes

Research interests

Sally-Anne specialises in and has particular research interests in: individual work and learning transitions; careers education and lifelong guidance; the development and application of careers labour market information; ICT based innovations, implementations and applications. Sally-Anne would be interested in supervising research students in these or related fields utilising her expertise in qualitative research methodology and data analysis.

Academic profile

Dr Sally-Anne Barnes is a Reader 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 careers, work, and learning. Sally-Anne specialises in and is currently involved in researching: individual work and learning transitions; careers education and lifelong guidance; the development and application of careers labour market information; and the use of ICT to support careers. 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, plus a number of projects on technological transformations of the labour market, and on employability programmes for those in work and self-employment. Utilising her expertise in different literature review methodologies, she has undertaken a number of reviews on employability, self-employment, career adaptability, career development interventions, and on skills diagnostics and screening tools, the armed forces community and internet-enabled labour exchanges. Sally-Anne is an experienced mixed methods researcher and has particular expertise in qualitative research methodologies and data analysis techniques as applied to longitudinal biographical research.

Current projects

  • UK Prosperity Fund- Skills for Prosperity Programme Kenya, with Terence Hogarth and Chris Warhurst, Funded by the Department for International Development, Project Duration: 01 January 2021 - 31 March 2023
  • Strategic, Accessible Labour Market Intelligence; With Terence Hogarth, Jeisson Cardenas-Rubio, Sally Wright, Derek Bosworth, Luke Bosworth; Funded by SDS; Project Start Date: January 2021 - Project End Date: March 2021

  • Evaluation of the Founders4Schools careers programme for teachers. With Dr Sally Wright, Stef Poole and Gaby Atfield, Funded by Founders4Schools. Project Start Date: December 2019 - Project End Date: May 2021[details]
  • Longer-Term Employment Outcomes For Ex-Service Personnel; Funded by FiMT. With Clare Lyonette and David Owen; Project Start Date: 03/02/2020 - Project End Date: 02/08/2021
  • LMI for All, 2018-2021. With Jenny Bimrose, Rob Wilson, David Owen, Terence Hogarth, Jeisson Cardenas-Rubio and Daria Luchinskaya, Luke Bosworth and Rosie Day from IER, and Pontydysgu. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 01/10/2018 - Project End Date: 30/09/2021 [details]
  • Provision of data analysis and intelligence on skills and labour markets. With Rob Wilson. Funded by CEDEFOP. Project Start Date: 01/01/19 - Project End Date: 30/12/22 [details]
  • BEYOND 4.0 - Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND the impacts of Industrie 4.0 and Digital Disruption. With Chris Warhurst, Sally Wright and Sudipa Sarkar (IER), Chris Mathieu (Lund University), and led by Steven Dhondt (TNO). Funded by European Commission. Project Start Date: 01/01/2019 - Project End Date: 30/12/2022 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

All publications

All conference presentations

Doctoral supervision

  • Mags Bexon, The use of information communications technology (ICT) and labour market intelligence (LMI) in careers education and guidance (Due to complete 2021)
  • Wafaa Elmezraoui, How does personality type affect ICT usage for workers? A comparative study on optimising work-life enrichment in a Multinational Company in the UK and Germany. (Due to complete 2022)
  • Tannis Goddard, On-line career counselling (Due to complete 2020)
  • Joanna Octavia, Add me to the group: how informal workers organise in the Internet age (Due to complete 2022)


  • Lorraine Johnson, The influence of intermediary systems on public sector transitions during a period of austerity (2020)
  • John Gough, Professional Identity: the case of Careers Guidance Practitioners in England (2018)
  • Szilvia Schmitsek, 'Who are you to know who I am?' A comprehensive study of young people at risk

Sally-Anne would be interested in supervising research students in: individual work and learning transitions; careers education and lifelong guidance; the development and application of careers labour market information; the use of ICT to support careers; ICT based innovations, implementations and applications.


  • Guest lecturer (University of Warwick, 2017 - to date)
  • DTC Qualitative Methods - Qualitative data analysis (lecturer, University of Warwick, 2011 - to date)
  • WMG ENG/PhD Research Methodology (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)



Director of Graduate Studies


Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 574397