Research interests

Sally-Anne specialises in and has particular research interests in: crowdsourcing; ICT based innovations, implementations and applications; career transitions and career decision making; and qualitative research methodology and data analysis. Sally-Anne would be interested in supervising research students in these or related fields.

Academic profile

Dr Sally-Anne Barnes is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. With an established track record in research, she has worked on and managed a range of projects in the area of technology, careers and learning. Sally-Anne specialises in and is currently involved in researching: new forms of internet-enabled labour exchange, employability and career adaptability; individual career identities, learning and training; the development of high quality impartial labour market information; and the use of ICT to support the professional development of careers professionals. She is principally interested in the interrelationship between technology, work, careers and learning. Sally-Anne has been centrally involved in a number of projects investigating how individuals navigate the labour market and the narratives around these transitions and decisions. In addition, she has undertaken a number of literature reviews on employability, internet-enabled labour exchanges, career adaptability, career development interventions for the low skilled and for those in higher education, and on skills diagnostics and screening tools. Sally-Anne is an experienced qualitative interviewer and has particular expertise in qualitative research methodologies and data analysis techniques as applied to longitudinal biographical research, and literature review methodologies.

Current projects

  • One by one: building the digital literacies of UK museums. With Erika Kispeter (IER) and Doris Eikhof (CAMEo). Led by Ross Parry (Universtiy of Leicester) Funded by AHRC. Project Start Date: 01/09/2017 - Project End Date: 29/02/2020 [details]
  • Provision of data analysis and intelligence on skills and labour markets. With Lynn Gambin, Terence Hogarth and Rob Wilson. Funded by CEDEFOP. Project Start Date: 22/12/2014 - Project End Date: 21/12/2019 [details]
  • Research to support local skills supply and demand interventions. With David Owen. Funded by CITB. Project Start Date: 30/04/2018 - Project End Date: 01/10/2019 [details]
  • Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and employment after leaving the UK Armed Forces. With Clare Lyonette, David Owen and Erika Kispeter. Funded by Forces in Mind Trust. Project Start Date: 01/11/2018 - Project End Date: 31/10/2019 [details]
  • Transnational Employment Platform - Long Term Unemployment. With Sally Wright. Funded by European Commission. Project Start Date: 01/12/2018 - Project End Date: 30/06/2019 [details]
  • Working Futures 2017-2027. With Rob Wilson, David Owen and Sudipa Sarkar. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 06/06/2018 - Project End Date: 31/03/2019 [details]
  • Digital skills and inclusion research working group evidence briefs. With Erika Kispeter. Funded by Department for Culture Media and Sport. Project Start Date: 20/08/2018 - Project End Date: 28/02/2019 [details]
  • BEYOND 4.0 - Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND the impacts of Industrie 4.0 and Digital Disruption. With Chris Warhurst, Sally Wright and Sudipa Sarkar (IER), Chris Mathieu (Lund University), and led by Steven Dhondt (TNO). Funded by European Commission. Project Start Date: 01/10/2018 - Project End Date: 30/09/2018 [details]
  • Evaluation, research and development support for Start. With Daria Luchinskaya. Funded by U-Explore. Project Start Date: 24/112017 - Project End date: 30/09/2018 [details]
  • Talent match evaluation and learning contract. With Gaby Atfield and Anne Green. Funded by: Big Lottery Fund. Project Start Date: 01/11/2014 - Project End Date: 29/09/2018 [details]

All projects

Selected publications

All publications

All conference presentations

Doctoral supervision

  • Tannis Goddard, On-line career counselling (Due to complete 2018)
  • Lorraine Johnson, Does the nationally funded career support system meet the needs of late career professional women? (Due to complete 2020)
  • Mags Bexon, The use of information communications technology (ICT) and labour market intelligence (LMI) in careers education and guidance (Due to complete 2019)


  • John Gough, Definition of the professional identity of Career Guidance practitioners, (2018)
  • Szilvia Schmitsek, Drop-out reducing strategies: the role of careers guidance (2018)

Sally-Anne would be interested in supervising research students in: crowdsourcing; ICT based innovations, implementations and applications; and career transitions and career decision making.


  • DTC Qualitative Methods - Qualitative data analysis (lecturer, University of Warwick, 2011 - to date)
  • WMG ENG/PhD Research Methdology (REME) (lecturer, 2014 - to date)
  • Careers labour market information training (trainer, 2013-2014, CSWP Ltd.)
  • MA Training and Human Resource Development (seminar leader, University of Warwick, 2003/04)
  • Training and Human Resource Development (lecturer, University of Warwick, 2002/03)
  • Sociological Imagination (undergraduate sessional tutor, University of Warwick, 1999-2001

External activities

External examiner, University of Ulster (2012/13-2015/16)


Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Other information

IER Functional Manager: Promotion and Dissemination (2008 to 2017)

PhD Thesis: Communication Technologies at Work: Organisational Cultures and Employee Narratives (2003)

Editorial board member Sociological Research Online Journal (2007-2010)