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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.

Sally-Anne continues to be part of the development team for the National Guidance Research Forum website (NGRF) and the online LMI Learning modules. As developer and editor of the LMI Future Trends section of the NGRF, Sally-Anne has expertise and extensive knowledge of national, regional, local and sectoral based labour market information (LMI).

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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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: 21/12/2018 [details]

  • Evaluation of an employer-led joint investment strategy. With Lynn Gambin, Funded by: CITB, Project Start Date: 01/05/2014 - Project End Date: 30/04/2017
  • 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: 29/09/2015 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

All publications

All conference presentations

Doctoral supervision

  • Tannis Goddard, On-line career counselling (Due to complete 2018)
  • John Gough, Definition of the professional identity of Career Guidance practitioners (Due to complete 2018)
  • Lorraine Johnson, Does the nationally funded career support system meet the needs of late career professional women? (Due to complete 2017)
  • Szilvia Schmitsek, Drop-out reducing strategies: the role of careers guidance (Due to complete 2016)

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 interview 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)

Other information

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

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

NGRF LMI Future Trends editor (2002 to present)

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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