School of Business

Education and Work Transitions

Lead: Dr Reka Plugor

Co-lead: Dr Sally-Anne Barnes

The Education and Work Transitions Research group focuses on the development of knowledge through research and collaboration on the transitions into, through and out of education and work. The emphasis is on the processes involved in education and work transitions, support and guidance mechanisms, as well as the experiences of those engaged in the transitions and the range of stakeholders involved in those transitions. Key stakeholders include educational institutions, career guidance and employment services, employers, policy makers and so on. Through the research group’s range of expertise and research interests, our work takes a lifelong perspective with an interest in those at different stages of their learning and work careers.

The aim of the Education and Work Transitions Research group is to create a collaborative space in which to undertake research and scholarship in this field. The group will engage in generating and disseminating research through academic, practitioner and policy events and conferences. The group will share ideas, knowledge and networks via monthly meetings in order to build and expand our expertise. Our aims are to create impactful research to both inform policy and practice, and to inform those delivering support and services to those transitioning.


Selected publications

Barnes, S-A. (2023) Adult career guidance and its role in skills development. ReWAGE Policy Briefing. UKRI/CERIC/University of Warwick.

Barnes, S-A. (2023) Evidence on adult career guidance and its role in skills development, ReWAGE Evidence Brief. UKRI/CERIC/University of Warwick.

Barnes, S-A., and Bimrose, J. (2021). Labour market information and its use to inform career guidance of young people. An overview of the Labour Market Information System for Careers Guidance in England. Coventry: University of Warwick.

Barnes, S-A., Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Kettunen, J., and Vuorinen, R. (2020) Lifelong guidance policy and practice in the EU: trends, challenges and opportunities. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. ISBN 978-92-76-17340-3.

Flynn, M., and Wong, L. (2022) Older Migrants and Overcoming Employment Barriers: Does Community Activism Provide the Answer?, Frontiers in Sociology, 7, 845623.

Furlong, A., Goodwin, J., O'Connor, H., Hadfield, S., Hall, S., Lowden, H. and Plugor, R. (2017) Young People in the Labour market: Past, Present, Future. London: Routledge.

Hofäcker, D., Braun, S. and Flynn, M. (2017) ‘Delaying Retirement in Changing Institutional and Workplace Contexts: Comparing Approaches and Outcomes in Germany, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong’, in Flynn, M., Li, Y. and Chiva, A. (eds.) Managing the Ageing Workforce in the East and the West (The Changing Context of Managing People). Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 49-82.

Kettunen, J., Barnes, S-A., Bimrose, J., Brown, A., and Vuorinen, R. (2023) Career experts' conceptions of systems development in lifelong guidance. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance.

Moore, P.V. and Roy, C. (2022) Advancing arguments on technology, work and the body, in the global political economy. Global Political Economy,1(1), 108-121.

Roy, C., Scholarios, D., and Taylor, P. (2017) The recession has passed but the effects are still with us: Employment conditions, work organization and employee experiences in post-crisis Indian BPO. In E. Noronha and P. D'Cruz (Eds.) Critical perspectives on work and employment in globalizing India. Singapore: Springer, pp. 57-80.

Roy, D., Weyman, A. K., Plugor, R., and Nolan, P. (2020) Institutional commitment and ageing among allied health care professionals in the British National Health Service. Health Services Management Research.

Tamassy, R., Gering, Zs., Kiraly, G., Plugor, R. and Rakovics, M. (2023) The portrayal of the role and agency of students and higher education institutions in highly ranked business school discourses. Journal of International Education in Business.

Venter, K. (2022) Betwixt and Between: The Invisible Experiences of Volunteers’ Body Work. Work, Employment and Society,36(5), pp.911-927.

Wang, W., Bamber, M., Flynn, M. and McCormack. J. (2022) The Next Mission: Inequality and Service-to- civilian Career Transition Outcomes among 50+ Military Leavers, Human Resource Management Journal, 33(2), pp. 452-469.


Details of forthcoming events will be posted here.

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