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Dr Sally Wright

Research interests

Sally's research interests focus around the following topics: job quality, working conditions, new forms of work, workplace innovation, the impact of technology on work, labour market programmes, intersectionality and work, work-life balance, workplace restructuring and wellbeing at work. Sally would be interested in supervising research students in these or related fields.

Academic profile

Sally is a Senior Research Fellow at IER. She is an experienced mixed methods researcher with an established track record in managing large-scale research projects. She completed her doctoral studies in the field of job quality. She has published over 50 reports, book chapters, journal articles and working papers in her field. In October 2022, Sally became IER's Director of Graduate Studies.

She is currently a member of the large-scale European Horizon 2020 research project examining the impact of technology on the future of work. She is also involved in GIG-OSH, a CHANSE-funded project on challenges for occupational safety and health (OSH) for digital labour platform workers.

Sally was recently involved in commissioned research for the UK Department for Education (DfE) on horizon scanning around future labour market and skills. She was engaged as an expert advisor to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre research activity on digital labour platforms, platform work and the ‘platformisation’ of regular work. She has also undertaken research on employment models for Northern Ireland’s Labour Relations Agency (LRA), research for Eurofound on convergence of working conditions in the European Union, for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) on a tasks-based analysis of jobs, and for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and JP Morgan Chase Foundation on the role of parents in providing career guidance to their children. She was also involved in a pan-European Horizon 2020 research project examining job quality, innovation and employment outcomes.

    Immediately prior to joining IER in 2014, Sally was at the Workplace Research Centre (WRC) at the University of Sydney Business School. She was the project manager and lead researcher for a number of large research projects, including the Australia at Work project, a longitudinal study of over 8,000 Australian workers, and the Award Reliance project, a study on pay-setting arrangements in over 12,000 employers. Before entering academia, Sally worked for the public service in industrial relations and employment policy, a national industry skills council and in the national campaigning and bargaining unit of the Finance Sector Union of Australia.

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    Senior Research Fellow/Director of Graduate Studies


    Institute for Employment Research
    University of Warwick
    Coventry CV4 7AL

    Tel: +44(0)24 76 523514