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Emily Murphy

Research Officer, Centre for Skills Knowledge & Organisational Performance

Emily joined the Department of Education in 2016 and is currently conducting research into the causes and consequences of young people not participating in education, employment or training (NEET).

She works as part of the UK team at the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) on an international Open Research Area for the Social Sciences project “Understanding NEETS: Individual and Institutional Determinants of Youth Inactivity in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan”. Case studies of the varied NEET policy agendas and initiatives in place across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are accompanied by a longitudinal assessment of the NEET phenomenon; mechanisms underlying individual transitions are examined using nationally representative household panel data and labour force data.

She received her PhD in 2015 from the University of Lausanne as part of NCCR LIVES at the Institute of Social Sciences. Prior to joining SKOPE, she worked at the University of Zurich. Emily holds a BA (Hons.) in Business, Economics and Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford (St. Cross College).

Area of research: Economic sociology. Research interests include inequality in education and the labour market, occupations, social mobility, skill development.


  • Journal articles

    • Murphy, EC, Oesch, D (2017) “Is employment polarisation inevitable? Occupational change in Ireland and Switzerland, 1970-2010”, Work, Employment and Society.

    • Buchs, H, Murphy, EC, Buchmann, M (2017) “Landing a job, sinking a career? The trade-off between occupational downgrading and quick reemployment according to unemployed jobseekers’ career stage and job prospects”, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

    • Murphy, E, Oesch, D (2016) “The Feminization of Occupations and Change in Wages: A Panel Analysis of Britain, Germany, and Switzerland”, Social Forces. 94(3) 1221-1255.

    • Murphy, EC (2014) “Workers' Movement Out of Declining Occupations in Great Britain, Germany and Switzerland”, European Sociological Review. 30(6) 685-701.

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