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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 interested in supervising at a postgraduate level.

Find out about our current doctoral students here.

Dr Eva Katharina Sarter IER Director of Graduate Studies

Political scientist with expertise in public policies, regulation of labour, and comparative research.

Research interests: focusses on social public procurement and the use of public procurement as a tool for the regulation of labour as well domestically as in global supply chains, equality, and public services.

Research methodology: qualitative methods.


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

Research methodology: interlinked quantitative and qualitative methods


Dr David Owen

Research interests: analysis of labour market and demographic change using large data sets; population change and migration

Research methodology: quantitative methods, statistical analysis and spatial data analysis


Gaby Atfield

Research interests: differential access to the labour market and the relationship between employment and social inclusion/exclusion; work, welfare and public policy, particularly participation of disadvantaged groups in active labour market programmes; education and employment as vehicles for social mobility; Social capital, social networks and integration, especially of migrants.

Research methodology: interlinked quantitative and qualitative methods


Peter Dickinson

Research interests: local labour market skills and their intersection with productivity and inclusive growth

Research methodology: qualitative methods

Beate Baldauf

Research interests: working and volunteering in later life and the impact of the fuller working lives agenda on employment, training and career development; skills development and career progression of apprentices and graduates; health and social care labour markets

Research methodology: qualitative methods


Professor Terence Hogarth

Research interests: the inter-relationship between vocational education and training provision with the labour market, skills mismatches, investments in education and training, technological change and skills demand, effective delivery of apprenticeships, the future of work

Research methodology: interlinked quantitative and qualitative methods


Dr Jeisson Cárdenas-Rubio

Research interests: analysis of big data sources for labour market analysis; development of labour market information for practice and policy; skill shortages identification and labour market forecasting

Research methodology: quantitative methods, big data techniques


Dr Emily Erickson

Research Interests: migration and migrant labour, job quality, low wage work, equity in the labour market, and community labour partnerships.

Research Methodology: qualitative research


Dr Jamelia Harris

Research interests: education, training and skills - particularly issues related to skills mismatch; transitions from education to work; the future of work; job quality; and fair and decent work. Jamelia is trained as an economist, and uses mixed methods in her research (including surveys, secondary data analysis, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions).

Research methodology: quantitative methods (statistical analysis, regression analysis), qualitative methods (content analysis, thematic analysis), mixed methods analysis


Professor Philip Taylor

Research interests: Public policy and extended working lives, individual orientations to work and retirement, employer attitudes and practices towards older workers, psychological effects of joblessness, regional labour markets.

Research methodology: Qualitative and quantitative methods.

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Professor Trine Larsen

Research interests: Comparative employment and industrial relations, including social dialogue at EU and workplace level, Non-standard work and labour market segmentation, European work/life balance policies, digitalisation and public procurement practices.

Research methodology: mixed methods but stronghold being qualitative research methods.

Dr Sangwoo Lee

Research interests: Inequalities in access to and success in higher education, Higher education and employment as vehicles for social mobility; Job quality premium for university graduates, Trend of job quality across countries, Relationship between job quality and well-being.

Research methodology: Longitudinal research and tracking (using mainly quantitative methods), Survey data analyses, Cross-cultural comparative analyses.