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Potential PhD supervisors

The following members of IER's academic staff are keen to supervise PhDs in a range of subjects. The research interests of staff are listed to provide an overview of the subjects and techniques they would be interesed in supervising at a postgraduate level.

Find out about our current doctoral students here.


Dr Clare Lyonette, IER Director of Graduate Studies

Research interests: all aspects of gender and the labour market, including women's career choices and constraints; gender roles and gender equality; the division of domestic labour and childcare; atypical working, flexible working arrangements and new ways of working; the quality of part-time work; motherhood, fatherhood and social class differences; work-life balance, work-life conflict and wellbeing.


Professor Chris Warhurst, IER Director

Research interests: labour market and labour process developments, trends and issues. Interested in supervising doctorate and masters research degrees in job quality, skills and aesthetic labour.


Dr Sally-Anne Barnes

Research interests: ICT based innovations, implementations and applications; inter-relationship between work, careers and learning; plus career trajectories and career decision making. Research methodology: qualitative research methodology and data analysis

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Dr Daria Luchinskaya

Research background and interests: graduate employment; graduate skill utilisation; job upgrading; gender and the labour market; higher education and the labour market.


Dr David Owen

Research background and interests: I am a quantitative researcher with a background in geography. I undertake a wide variety of (mainly applied) research, but tend to specialise in the analysis of labour market and demographic change using large data sets. My skills lie in statistical analysis and spatial data analysis. Supervisory interests: I am willing to supervise or co-supervise students with PhD topics in the broad fields of quantitative analysis of the labour market, population change and migration.

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Dr Sally Wright

Research interests: job quality; working time arrangements; pay equity; executive remuneration; workplace health and safety; restructuring; retirement and superannuation; work-life balance