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PhD in Employment Research

The work of the Institute for Employment Research is diverse and provides wide ranging opportunities for prospective doctoral candidates to engage in high quality social science research.

The IER’s doctoral programme aims to train social science researchers who can develop and deploy theory effectively, appreciate the relative merits of different methodological approaches, choose appropriate empirical methods, manage well their time and other research resources, and have a wider understanding of the research process (including dissemination, funding, relationships with sponsors, and different organisational models for research).

Supervision for IER doctoral students will be provided by academic researchers with significant experience of undertaking research across a range of topics in employment research.

The IER has extensive links with international research centres; UK government departments and agencies; European Commission and other international bodies; learning and skills councils; local authorities and sectoral organisations. Where appropriate, a multi-disciplinary approach is encouraged and comparative international research can be facilitated through the Institute’s extensive collaborative links, especially with European institutions.

Examples of current research interests of the IER’s academic researchers

  • Employer Behaviour
  • Evaluation Studies
  • European Integration and Comparative International Studies
  • Globalisation and labour markets
  • Human Resources in Local and Regional Development
  • Labour Market Assessment and Forecasting
  • Labour Market Classification, Measurement and Monitoring
  • Learning and Careers
  • Graduate Labour Market
  • Socio-economic Change and the Labour Market

Examples of methodological expertise available in the IER

  • Quantitative economic analysis using time-series or large-scale cross-sectional survey data;
  • Survey-based sociological research and studies of labour market behaviour based on case studies and in-depth interviews; and
  • Survey design and survey management.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions that we have been unable to answer on this web page, please contact the IER Administrative Officer (l dot horsler at warwick dot ac dot uk).