Dean of Computing
Senior Research Fellow
Robertson, P. J. & Egdell, V. (in press). A Capability Approach to career development: An introduction and implications for practice. Australian Journal of Career Development. ISSN 1038-4162
In the UK, the concept of employability is influential in current conceptualizations of career development. It is an example of a discourse underpinned by faith in individual ...
Robertson, P. J. (2017). Identifying and measuring capabilities for career development in NEET young people. Recherches sociologique et anthropologique/ Sociological and anthropological research. 47(2), 83-99. ISSN 1782-1592
Amartya Sen's Capability Approach offers great potential as a conceptual framework for promoting social justice and well-being through economic and educational engagement. Yet...
Smith, S., Smith, C., Taylor-Smith, E. & Fotheringham, J. (2016). In search of graduate employability: An exploration of student identity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. 18(1), 15-24
Universities are adopting institution-wide projects to increase student work placements and work-related learning across all subject disciplines. However, there are large vari...
For the island community of Luing, access to and from the mainland is currently solely dependent on ferry services. Consequently access to employment and services is more expensive and less convenient...
The Impacts of Welfare Reform in Scotland Funding: Scottish Government
Research Team: Dr Helen Graham, Dr Valerie Egdell, Professor Robert Raeside and Professor Ronald McQuaid...
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Funding: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Duration: January 2010 – October 2010
Research Team: Prof Ron McQuaid, Dr Emma Hollywood, Dr Jesus Canduela
The ERI was commi...
19 May 2017
19 May 2017
The Employment Research Institute invites you to the Ageing and the Workplace workshop.
The ageing of the population will have a significant impact on ...
Senior Research Fellow
Associate Professor in Law
Lecturer in Biomedical Science
Whitecross, R. (2016). Article 3 and Adption in and from India and Nepal. In Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 213 - 230. Cambridge University Press (CUP). ISBN 978-1-107-15825-2
Nepal has experienced an increase in intercountry adoption in recent years. Following the opening up of authorisation to arrange adoptions, the number of child centres offerin...
Whitecross, R. (2016). Innovation, entrepreneurship: learning lessons in uncertainty. In Innovations in Learning and TechnologyISBN 978-0-9576882-8-5
What does it mean to teach innovation and entrepreneurship in professional degrees? The professions such as accountancy and law traditionally provide specialised knowledge and...
Whitecross, R. (2016). Teaching legal professionalism: a comparative study of teaching professional values and lessons for legal education. Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. 11(1), 23. ISSN 1476-0401
The Legal Education and Training Review highlighted concerns across all sectors, from academics to practitioners over a lack of understanding of professionalism and ethics. Bu...
Pegg, A. & Caddell, M. (2016). Workplaces and policy spaces: insights from third sector internships Scotland. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 6(2), 162-177. doi:10.1108/heswbl-07-2015-0039. ISSN 2042-3896
– Understanding the relationship between learning and work is a key concern for educational researchers and policy makers at the local, national and international leve...
Egdell, V., Dutton, M. & McQuaid, R. W. (2016). Third sector experiences of work programme delivery. Journal of Social Policy. 45(4), 729-746. doi:10.1017/S0047279416000271. ISSN 0047-2794
This paper explores the organisational experiences of governmental policy change and implementation on the third sector. Using a four-year longitudinal study of 13 third secto...
Webster, G., Smith, S. & Smith, C. (2015). Supporting student transitions to placement and work: developing a new self-identity. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences. 11(1)ISSN 1740-9888
Moves towards the marketisation of higher education together with concerns over the challenges of graduate employment have led to an increased prioritisation of students under...
Robertson, P. (2015). Positive psychology: A movement to reintegrate career counselling within counselling psychology. Counselling psychology review / the British Psychological Society. 30(3), 26-35. ISSN 0269-6975
Content & Focus: In the UK career counselling has tended to evolve separately from the counselling psychology profession. Elsewhere, notably in North America, counselling psyc...
Caddell, M. & Pegg, A. (2015). Workplaces and policy spaces: insights from third sector internships Scotland. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 6(2), 162-177. ISSN 2042-3896
Egdell, V. & McQuaid, R. W. (2015). Supporting Disadvantaged Young People into Work: Insights from the Capability Approach. Social Policy and Administration. 50(1), 1-18. doi:10.1111/spol.12108. ISSN 0144-5596
The Capability Approach (CA) offers a perspective on the employment activation of young people that is concerned with their freedom to make choices that they value rather than...
Robertson, P. (2015). Towards a capability approach to careers: Applying Amartya Sen's thinking. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. 15(1), 75-88. doi:10.1007/s10775-014-9280-4. ISSN 0251-2513
Amartya Sen’s capability approach characterizes an individual’s well-being in terms of what they are able to be, and what they are able to do. This framework for thinking has ...
Robertson, P. (2014). Health inequality and careers. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. 42(3), 338-351. doi:10.1080/03069885.2014.900660. ISSN 0306-9885
Structural explanations of career choice and development are well established. Socioeconomic inequality represents a powerful factor shaping career trajectories and economic o...
Brown, R., McQuaid, R. W., Raeside, R. & Canduela, J. (2014). The performance of employee-owned businesses inScotland: some preliminary empirical evidence. Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary. 37(3), 108-123. ISSN 2046-5378
In recent years, there has been a growing focus on promoting the concept of employee-ownership of
businesses within public policy. One of the strong drivers of this is an assu...
This project will examine the approaches taken to equalities issues by STUC-affiliated unions. This will update and build on a previous baseline study undertaken by the ERI for the STUC/One Workplace...
Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
Funding: Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland
Duration: April 2009 – December 2010
Research Team: Prof Ron McQuaid, Dr Ariel Bergmann, Dr Jesus Canduela, Vanesa Fuerte...
The North East’s Regional Employability Framework (REF) provided an over-arching strategic focus for partnership-working on employability across the region. This research had been commissioned by One ...
Funding: Scottish Government
Research Team: Professor Ronald McQuaid, Dr Valerie Egdell, Dr Emma Hollywood
The ERI has been asked by the Learning and Skills Council North East to conduct research on best practice in providing a joined-up employability journey for ESF beneficiaries making transitions ...
NHS Health Scotland
The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL) and NHS Health Scotland commissioned an evaluation of the mentally healthy workplaces training programme. This research was conducted in partnersh...
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills commissioned the ERI and WM Enterprise to undertake a review of research evidence and policy around individuals’ demand for (and participation in) skills de...
A major reason for recurrent poverty is leaving the workforce due to childbirth and childcare and returning to low paid, insecure work. However, there are relatively few studies that give qualitative ...
Careers Scotland and its partners are committed to ensuring that all young people receive appropriate guidance to develop sustainable learning and career pathways. Those young people with a statutory ...
The Employment Research Institute (ERI) at Napier University was commissioned by the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) to carry out research to examine the impact of educational migrat...
EU Framework Programme 7 and FP6 and earlier programmes
STEP - Service Sector Training in European Employment Practices is a European Commission project, funded under the Leonardo da Vinci Programme, that examines HR practices in the European hospitality s...
The overall objective was to develop material to improve the use of sustainable impact assessment in EU and Russia, especially in issues concerning land use such as forests, agricultural landscapes, w...
At present the Information Technology profession appears to be dogged by high profile project failure, high...
Participation Space Studies explore eParticipation ...