Professor Ewart Keep holds the chair in Education, Training and Skills at the Department of Education, Oxford University.

He was one of the founders and a director of the Centre on Skills, Knowledge & Organisational Performance (SKOPE). SKOPE was funded by the ESRC for the first 15 years of its life. Before coming to Oxford, he worked for 21 years in Warwick Business School, and then at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. He has been at Oxford since 2013.

His first degree was in Modern History, Economic History and Politics (Royal Holloway College, University of London) and his PhD is in Industrial relations (University of Warwick). He has researched and written on apprenticeships, personnel management in schools and HE, HE policy more generally, the relationship between skills and economic performance, managerial attitudes towards investing in skills, qualifications reform, the youth labour market, adult and lifelong learning, and skills policy formation and enactment across the four UK nations. He is currently managing an ESRC-funded project on NEETs (those not in education, employment or training) in the UK, as part of a wider European project on NEETs.

He has served on major committees of the Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England, and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, as well as advising HM Treasury, DBIS, DfE, the No.10 Policy Unit, the Cabinet Office, the UK Commission on Employment and Skills, the Scottish, Welsh, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand governments, the NAO, the OECD, and various professional bodies and think tanks (including Demos and IPPR). He also acted as an advisor to a Government Office for Science (Foresight) project on adult learning and the changing labour market, and was a member of the Greater London Authority’s task and finish group on the skills strategy for London. He is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy Group.

Research

Books
  • Hermannsson, K., Keep, E., Lecca, P., Peat, J., Sutton, L., & Swales, K. (2012). Further Education, the Scottish Labour Market and the Wider Economy. David Hume Institute.

  • Pring, R., Hayward, G., Hodgson, A., Johnson, J., Keep, E., Oancea, A., Rees, G., Spours, K., & Wilde, S. (2012). Education for All, The future of education and training for 14–19 year olds. Taylor & Francis.
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203873595

  • Warhurst, C., Grugulis, I., & Keep, E. (2006). The Skills that Matter. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Evans, K., Hodkinson, P., Keep, E., Maguire, M., Raffe, D., Rainbird, H., Senker, P., & Unwin, L. (1997). Working to Learn. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

  • Book chapters
  • James Relly, S., & Keep, E. (2019). Recognizing and Developing Vocational Excellence Through Skills Competitions. In Handbook of Vocational Education and Training (pp. 1205-1217). Springer Nature.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94532-3_112

  • James Relly, S., & Keep, E. (2018). Recognizing and developing vocational excellence through skills competitions. In S. McGrath, M. Mulder, J. Papier, & R. Suart (Eds.), Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work. Springer.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49789-1_112-1https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:4fada653-9b95-430e-9eec-37ca929bc90a

  • Keep, E. (2018). FE colleges in England and the skills policy agenda. In New Frontiers for College Education: International Perspectives (pp. 61-76).
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315142593

  • Keep, E., & James, S. (2012). Making Bad Jobs Better – Trends, determinants and responses to job quality in the twenty-first century. In C. Warhurst, P. Findlay, C. Tilly, & F. Carre (Eds.), Making Bad Jobs Better – Trends, determinants and responses to job quality in the twenty-first century (pp. 240-253). Palgrave Macmillan.

  • James, S., Bryson, J., & Keep, E. (2012). Recruitment and Selection. In S. Bach & M. Edwards (Eds.), Managing Human Resources: Human resource Management in transition. Wiley.

  • Keep, E. (2011). Education and the Economy. In N. Lawson & K. Spours (Eds.), Education for the Good Society The Values and Principles of a New Comprehensive Vision (pp. 49-52). Compass.

  • Keep, E. (2011). Education, Employment and the Economy: Time to Bid the Past Goodbye?. In Open to Ideas (pp. 31-33). Associate Parliamentary Skills Group.

  • Keep, E. (2011). The English skills policy narrative. In A. Hodgson, K. Spours, & M. Warring (Eds.), Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning Across the United Kingdom Policy, Organisation and Governance (pp. 18-38). Institute of Education.

  • James, S., & Keep, E. (2011). Employer Demand for Apprenticeships. In T. Dolphin & T. Lanning (Eds.), Rethinking Apprenticeships (pp. 55-65). Institute for Public Policy Research IPPR.

  • Keep, E. (2010). Recent Research on Workplace Learning and Its Implications for National Skills Policies Across the OECD. In J. Bryson (Ed.), Beyond Skill Institutions, Organisations and Human Capability (pp. 105-126). Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Keep, E., Lloyd, C., & Payne, J. (2010). Skills Policy and the Displacement of Industrial Relations: The Elephant in the Corner. In T. Colling & M. Terry (Eds.), Industrial Relations Theory and Practice (pp. 398-421). Wiley.

  • Keep, E., Payne, J., & Rees, G. (2010). Devolution and strategies for learning and skills: the Leitch Report and its alternatives. In G. Lodge (Ed.), Devolution in Practice 2010 (pp. 83-100). ippr.

  • Keep, E. (2009). Higher education and a skills agenda more broadly conceived. In K. Withers (Ed.), First class? challenges and opportunities for the UK’s university sector (pp. 73-84). ippr.

  • Mayhew, K., & Keep, E. (2009). Knowledge, skills and competitiveness. In F. Rauner & R. Maclean (Eds.), Handbook of TVET Research.

  • Keep, E. (2007). The multiple paradoxes of state power in the English education and training system. In L. Clarke & C. Winch (Eds.), Vocational Education International Approaches, Developments and Systems (pp. 161-178). Routledge.

  • Keep, E. (2006). Who can bring forward the education and training dimension of the National Action Plans?. In M. Kuhn & R. Sultana (Eds.), Homo Sapiens Europæus Creating the European Learning Citizen (pp. 149-165). Peter Lang.

  • Keep, E. (2006). Training and Skills: An Institutional Patchwork. In L. Dickens & A. Neal (Eds.), The Changing Institutional Face of British Employment Relations (pp. 49-61). Kluwer Law International.

  • Keep, E. (2005). ‘Skills, Training and the Quest for the Holy Grail of Status and Influence. In S. Bach (Ed.), Managing Human Resources Personnel Management in Transition (pp. 211-236). Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Keep, E., & Payne, J. (2005). Promoting Workplace Development: Lessons for UK Policy from Nordic Approaches to Job Redesign and the Quality of Working Life. In B. Harley, J. Hyman, & P. Thompson (Eds.), Participation and Democracy at Work, Essays in Honour of Harvey Ramsey (pp. 146-165). Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Keep, E. (2004). After access: researching labour market issues. In M. Osborne, J. Gallagher, & B. Crossan (Eds.), Researching Widening Access to Lifelong Learning Issues and Approaches in International Research (pp. 115-126). Routledge.

  • Keep, E., & Payne, J. (2004). ‘”I can’t believe it’s not skill”: the changing meaning of skill in the UK context and some implications. In G. Hayward & S. James (Eds.), Balancing the Skills Equation Key Issues and Challenges for Policy and Practice (pp. 53-76). Policy Press.

  • Brown, A., & Keep, E. (2004). Paradoxes, pitfalls and prospects for a dynamic VET system. In W. Nijhof & W. van Esch (Eds.), Evaluation of the Dutch VET System (pp. 255-256). Ellsevere.

  • Brown, A., & Keep, E. (2003). Competing perspectives on workplace learning and the learning organisation. In B. Nyham, M. Kelleher, P. Cressey, & R. Poell (Eds.), Facing Up to the Learning Organization Challenge: Selected European writings (pp. 73-91). CEDEFOP.

  • Keep, E., & Rainbird, H. (2002). Towards the Learning Organization?. In F. Reeve, M. Cartwright, & R. Edwards (Eds.), Supporting Lifelong Learning: Organising learning (pp. 64-90). RoutledgeFalmer.

  • Keep, E. (2002). ICT and its Impact on Skills and Creativity – Transforming Catalyst or Dependent Variable?. In B. Stanford-Smith, E. Chiozza, & M. Edin (Eds.), Challenges and Achievements in E-Business and E-Work (pp. 140-146). IOS Press.

  • Keep, E., & Payne, J. (2002). Policy Interventions for a Vibrant Work-Based Route – Or When Policy Hits Reality’s Fan (Again). In K. Evans, P. Hodkinson, & L. Unwin (Eds.), Working to Learn. Kogan Page.

  • Keep, E. (2002). Management Skills for the Third Millenium: management education, Training and Development. In P. Jeffcutt (Ed.), The Foundations of Management Knowledge. Routledge.

  • Keep, E. (2001). The Skills System in 2015. In The Future of Learning for Work (pp. 25-32). CIPD Publishing.

  • Keep, E., & Rainbird, H. (2000). The Learning Organization. In S. Bach & K. Sisson (Eds.), Personnel Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice Third Edition (pp. 173-194). Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Senker, P., Rainbird, H., Evans, K., Keep, E., Maguire, M., Raffe, D., & Unwin, L. (1999). Working to Learn: An Holistic Approach to Young People’s Education and Training. In P. Ainley & H. Rainbird (Eds.), Apprenticeship - Towards a New Paradigm of Learning (pp. 191-205). Kogan Page.

  • Huddleston, P., & Keep, E. (1999). What do employers want from education – a question more easily asked than answered. In J. Cramphorn (Ed.), The Role of Partnerships in Economic Regeneration and Development International Perspectives (pp. 38-49). University of Warwick.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1998). Training and Development. In S. Fox (Ed.), The European business environment UK (pp. 219-241). Thomson Business Press.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1998). Vocational Education and Training and Economic Performance. In T. Buxton, P. Chapman, & J. Temple (Eds.), Britain’s Economic Performance (pp. 367-395). Routledge.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1996). UK Training Policy - Assumptions and Reality. In A. Booth & D. Snower (Eds.), Acquiring Skills Market Failures, Their Symptoms and Policy Responses (pp. 303-334). Cambridge University Press.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1996). Training for the Unemployed. In P. Meadows (Ed.), Work out - or Work in? Contributions to the debate on the future of work (pp. 140-155). Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • Keep, E., Sisson, K., & Storey, J. (1996). Managing the employment relationship in higher education - quo vadis?. In R. Cuthbert (Ed.), Working in Higher Education (pp. 34-46). Society for Research in Higher Education/Open University Press.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1995). Training Policy for Competitiveness - Time for a Fresh Perspective? (H. Metcalf, Ed.; pp. 110-145). Policy Studies Institute.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1995). The Economic Demand for Higher Education, and Investing in People - Two Aspects of Sustainable Development in British Higher Education. In F. Coffield (Ed.), Higher Education in a Learning Society (pp. 81-110). Durham University School of Education.

  • Keep, E., & Rainbird, H. (1995). Training. In P. Edwards (Ed.), Industrial Relations in Britain (pp. 515-542). Blackwell.

  • Keep, E. (1994). Vocational Education and Training for the Young. In K. Sisson (Ed.), Personnel Management (pp. 299-333). Blackwell.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1994). The Changing Structure of Training Provision. In T. Buxton, P. Chapman, & P. Temple (Eds.), Britain’s Economic Performance. Routledge.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1993). Training and the Labour Market. In C. Trinder & P. Jackson (Eds.), The Public Services Yearbook 1993 (pp. 169-190). Chapman and Hall.

  • Keep, E. (1993). Missing: Presumed Skilled - Training Policy in the UK. In R. Edwards, S. Sieminski, & D. Zeldin (Eds.), Adult Learners, Education, and Training A Reader. Open University Press.

  • Keep, E. (1992). Schools in the Marketplace? Some Problems with Private Sector Models. In G. Wallace (Ed.), Local Management of Schools Research and Experience (pp. 102-118). Multilingual Matters.

  • Keep, E. (1991). The Grass Looked Greener - Some Thoughts on the Influence of Comparative Vocational Training Research on the UK Policy Debate. In P. Ryan (Ed.), International Comparisons of Vocational Education and Training for Intermediate Skills. Falmer.

  • Keep, E. (1990). Training for the Low Paid. In A. Bowen & K. Mayhew (Eds.), Improving Incentives for the Low-Paid (pp. 139-180). Macmillan/NEDO.

  • Keep, E. (1989). A Training Scandal. In Personnel Management in Britain (pp. 177-202). Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Keep, E. (1989). Corporate Training Strategies - The Vital Component?. In J. Storey (Ed.), New perspectives on human resource management (pp. 109-125). Routledge.

  • Journal articles
  • Keep, E. (2020). Employers, the ghost at the feast?. Journal of Education and Work, 33(7-8), 500-506.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2020.1852501https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:193a36a5-583c-44eb-a4c1-61c20664f16e

  • Keep, E. (2019). Parallel lines or divergent trajectories? A response to the other contributions. Journal of Education and Work, 32(3), 292-304.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2019.1632423https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:32795460-4ab6-42bb-a484-22d206f2272d

  • Keep, E., Vignoles, A., & Lauder, H. (2019). The case against education: why the education system is a waste of time and money. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, 40(3), 430-440.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2019.1579402

  • Brown, P., & Keep, E. (2018). Rethinking the race between education and technology. Issues in Science and Technology, 35(1), 31-39.
    https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:f983ecb4-2baf-466b-a98d-0e9e910fe54e

  • Keep, E. (2017). English exceptionalism re-visited: divergent skill strategies across England and Scotland. Journal of Education and Work, 30(7), 741-749.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2017.1380755https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:bb922a2e-86a5-45af-b588-0255db3585e8

  • Findlay, P., Warhurst, C., Keep, E., & Lloyd, C. (2017). Opportunity Knocks? The Possibilities and Levers for Improving Job Quality. Work and Occupations, 44(1), 3-22.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0730888416689813https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:4943f149-1442-456d-83e0-81ec4454f7e9

  • Keep, E. (2015). Thinking about where to go and what next to do in the reform of vocational qualifications. Journal of Education and Work, 28(2), 117-125.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2014.1001337

  • Keep, E. (2015). Governance in English VET: On the functioning of a fractured ‘system’. Research in Comparative and International Education, 10(4), 464-475.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1745499915612185

  • Keep, E. (2014). The Role of Higher Education within Broader Skills Policies, a Comparison of Emerging Scottish and English Approaches. Higher Education Quarterly, 68(3), 249-266.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12050

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2014). Inequality - ’wicked problems’, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets. OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION, 40(6), 764-781.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.979580

  • Keep, E. (2012). Education and industry: taking two steps back and reflecting. Journal of Education and Work, 25(4), 357-379.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2012.708727http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2012.708727

  • Keep, E., & James, S. (2012). A Bermuda triangle of policy? ‘Bad jobs’, skills policy and incentives to learn at the bottom end of the labour market. Journal of Education Policy, 27(2), 211-230.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2011.595510

  • Keep, E. (2012). Where next for vocational education?. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33(2), 315-322.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2012.649845http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2012.649845

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2010). Moving beyond skills as a social and economic panacea. Work Employment and Society, 24(3), 565-577.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017010371663

  • Keep, E. (2006). State control of the English education and training system—playing with the biggest train set in the world. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 58(1), 47-64.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820500505819http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820500505819

  • Keep, E., Mayhew, K., & Payne, J. (2006). From skills revolution to productivity miracle - Not as easy as it sounds?. OXFORD REVIEW OF ECONOMIC POLICY, 22(4), 539-559.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grj032

  • Keep, E. (2005). Reflections on the curious absence of employers, labour market incentives and labour market regulation in English 14–19 policy: first signs of a change in direction?. Journal of Education Policy, 20(5), 533-553.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02680930500221685http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680930500221685

  • Gleeson *, D., & Keep, E. (2004). Voice without accountability: the changing relationship between employers, the state and education in England. Oxford Review of Education, 30(1), 37-63.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/0305498042000190050http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0305498042000190050

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2004). The economic and distributional implications of current policies on higher education. OXFORD REVIEW OF ECONOMIC POLICY, 20(2), 298-314.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grh017

  • Payne, J., & Keep, E. (2003). Re-visiting the Nordic approaches to work re-organization and job redesign: lessons for UK skills policy. Policy Studies, 24(4), 205-225.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/0144287042000216108http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144287042000216108

  • Keep, E. (2002). The English Vocational Education and Training Policy Debate--Fragile ’Technologies’ or Opening the ’Black Box’: Two competing visions of where we go next. Journal of Education and Work, 15(4), 457-479.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/1363908022000023579http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1363908022000023579

  • Keep, E. (1999). UK’s VET Policy and the ‘Third Way’: following a high skills trajectory or running up a dead end street?. Journal of Education and Work, 12(3), 323-346.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/1363908990120307http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1363908990120307

  • Casey, B., Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1999). Flexibility, quality and competitiveness. National Institute Economic Review, 168, 70-81.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/002795019916800108http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/002795019916800108

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1999). The assessment: Knowledge, skills, and competitiveness. OXFORD REVIEW OF ECONOMIC POLICY, 15(1), 1-15.

  • Keep, E. (1997). ’There’s no such thing as society . . .’: some problems with an individual approach to creating a Learning Society. Journal of Education Policy, 12(6), 457-471.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/0268093970120602http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0268093970120602

  • Ferner, A., Keep, E., & Waddington, J. (1997). Industrial restructuring and EU-wide social measures: broader lessons of the ECSC experience. Journal of European Public Policy, 4(1), 56-72.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/135017697344235http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/135017697344235

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1996). Towards a learning society — Definition and measurement. Policy Studies, 17(3), 215-232.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/01442879608423708http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442879608423708

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1996). Economic Demand for Higher Education—A Sound Foundation for Further Expansion?. Higher Education Quarterly, 50(2), 89-109.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2273.1996.tb01693.xhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2273.1996.tb01693.x

  • KEEP, E., & SISSON, K. (1992). OWNING THE PROBLEM: PERSONNEL ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY-MAKING IN THE 1990s. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 8(2), 67-78.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/8.2.67http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/8.2.67

  • KEEP, E., & MAYHEW, E. (1988). THE ASSESSMENT: EDUCATION, TRAINING AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 4(3), 1-1.
    https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/4.3.1-ahttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/4.3.1-a

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (n.d.). Was Ratner Right? Product Market and Competitive Strategies and Their Links with Skills and Knowledge. EPI Economic Report, 12(3), 1-14.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (n.d.). Towards the knowledge-driven economy. Renewal, 7(4), 50-59.

  • Senker, P., Rainbird, H., Evans, K., Hodkinson, P., Keep, E., Maguire, M., Raffe, D., & Unwin, L. (n.d.). Working to learn: an holistic approach to young people’s education and training. European Journal of Vocational Training, 20, 37-46.

  • Keep, E. (n.d.). La politica, sobre el desempieo juvenil en al Reino Unido. Economia Y Sociologia Del Trabajo, 1(1/2), 127-136.

  • Keep, E. (n.d.). Schools in the Marketplace - Some Problems with Private Sector Models. British Journal of Education and Work, 5(2), 43-56.

  • Reports
  • Keep, E. (2018). Scripting the future – exploring potential strategic leadership responses to the marketization of English FE and vocational provision. FETL.
    https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:241d09b8-524b-4367-8add-987f3331a180

  • ROBSON, J., RANDHAWA, A., & KEEP, E. (2018). Employability Skills Development in Studio Schools: Investigating the use of the CREATE Framework. The Edge Foundation.
    http://www.edge.co.uk/research/research-reports/report-on-the-create-curriculum-framework-in-studio-schools

  • Chankseliani, M., Keep, E., & Wilde, S. (2017). People and policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts. In People and policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts (pp. 1-116). Wise Qatar Foundation.
    https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:56a3d0c9-3221-43d9-9da4-e1883e5a7a00

  • Keep, E. (2016). Improving skills utilisation in the UK - Some reflections on what, who and how?. In SKOPE Publications. Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.
    https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:fac4684f-7de8-408d-bac0-b6b767a38479

  • Keep, E. (2012). Reforming Vocational Qualifications: Some Problems Ahead?. In SKOPE Issues Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.
    http://www.skope.ox.ac.uk/?person=reforming-vocational-qualifications-some-problems-ahead

  • Keep, E. (2012). Employer Involvement and Leadership in Skills Policy. In paper written for the Skills and FE Branch of DBIS. UKCES.

  • Keep, E. (2012). Apprenticeships – some problems and issues. In submission of evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills inquiry into apprenticeships.

  • Keep, E. (2012). Youth Transitions, the Labour Market and Entry into Employment: Some Reflections and Questions. In SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.
    http://www.skope.ox.ac.uk/?person=youth-transitions-the-labour-market-and-entry-into-employment-some-reflections-and-questions

  • Keep, E. (2012). Skill ecosystems – lessons for England?. In paper written for David Willetts, minister for higher education in DBIS (mimeo). Cardiff University: SKOPE.

  • Holmes, C., Mayhew, K., & Keep, E. (2012). Ten Big Questions for Higher Education. In SKOPE Issues Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2011). Future Directions for Skills Policy. In SKOPE submission to the Labour Party Policy Review on skills (mimeo). Universities of Oxford and Cardiff, SKOPE.

  • Payne, J., & Keep, E. (2011). One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Skills Policy in England under the Coalition Government. In SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.

  • James Relly, S., & Keep, E. (2010). What Incentives to Learn at the Bottom End of the Labour Market?. In SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.

  • James Relly, S., & Keep, E. (2010). Recruitment and Selection – The Great Neglected Topic. In SKOPE Research Paper. SKOPE.

  • Keep, E., & James, S. (2010). Recruitment and selection – A review of extant research and some thoughts on its implications for education and training policy. In SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E. (2010). The challenges and dilemmas of public skills policy and investment. In EEDA Foresight: Skills. East of England Development Agency.

  • Keep, E. (2009). Internal and External Incentives to Engage in Education and Training – A Framework for Analysing the Forces Acting on Individuals?. In SKOPE Monograph. Cardiff University, SKOPE.
    http://www.skope.ox.ac.uk/?person=internal-and-external-incentives-to-engage-in-education-and-training-a-framework-for-analysing-the-forces-acting-on-individuals

  • Keep, E. (2009). The limits of the possible: shaping the learning and skills landscape through a shared policy narrative. In SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E. (2008). From Competence and Competition to the Leitch Review – The Utility of Comparative Analyses of Skills and Performance. In IES Working Paper. Institute of Employment Studies.
    http://www.employment-studies.co.uk/resource/competence-and-competition-leitch-review

  • Keep, E. (2008). A Comparison of the Welsh Workforce development Programme and England’s Train to Gain. In SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.
    http://www.skope.ox.ac.uk/?person=a-comparison-of-the-welsh-workforce-development-programme-and-englands-train-to-gain

  • Keep, E. (2008). Skills and Social Justice. In SKOPE Issues Paper. Cardiff University, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E. (2007). Key Future Labour Market and Skills Issues in Scotland (and beyond). In Futureskills Scotland Expert Briefings Series. FSS.

  • Keep, E. (2006). Market Failure in Skills. In SSDA Catalyst. SSDA.

  • Keep, E. (2006). The English Lesson’, The Skill Ecosystem National project, Sydney, NSW. DET NSW, SKOPE and the Australian Government Department for Education, Science and Training.

  • Huddleston, P., Keep, E., & Unwin, L. (2005). What Might the Tomlinson and White Paper proposals Mean for Vocational Education and the Work-Based Route?. In Nuffield Review Discussion Paper.

  • Keep, E. (2004). The Multiple Dimensions of Performance – Performance as Defined By Whom, Measured in What Ways, To What Ends?. In Nuffield Review Working Paper.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2004). Can Employers Be Persuaded That Training Pays?. Future Skills Scotland/ScottishEnterprise.

  • Keep, E., & Huddleston, P. (2004). Education-Business Link Activity Structure and funding. In Report for internal use by the Learning and Skills Council National Office (mimeo). University of Warwick, Centre for Education and Industry.

  • Hayward, G., Hodgson, A., Johnson, J., Keep, E., Pring, R., Oancea, A., Spours, K., & Wright, S. (2004). Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education & Training: annual report 2003-2004. In Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training. University of Oxford Department of Educational Studies, Oxford.
    https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:68307185-be73-4d5c-a0df-266d6a39ca89

  • Mayhew, K., Keep, E., & Bosworth, D. (2003). Tackling the low skills equilibrium: a review of the issues. Department of Trade and Industry.

  • Mayhew, K., Wilson, R., Hogarth, T., & Keep, E. (2003). Tackling the low skills equilibrium. Department of Trade and Industry.

  • Keep, E., & Payne, J. (2003). What can the UK learn from the Norwegian and Finnish experience of attempts at work re-organisation?. In SKOPE Research Paper. University of Warwick, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E., & Wilson, R. (2003). DTI Skills Seminar – An overview. DTI.

  • Keep, E. (2003). Training in the current economic climate. In Training in the current economic climate. CIPD.

  • Keep, E., & Westwood, A. (2003). Can the UK Learn…..to Manage?. SKOPE/Work Foundation.

  • Keep, E., Mayhew, K., & Corney, M. (2002). Review of the evidence on the rate of return to employers of investment in training and employer training measures. Department of Trade and Industry.

  • Keep, E. (2002). Organisation, Governance and Regulation. In Nuffield Foundation, 14-19 Education – Papers Arising from a seminar series held at the Nuffield Foundation. Nuffield Foundation.

  • Costley, D., Fettes, T., Fiehn, J., Foweather, R., Gleeson, D., Harper, S., Huddleston, P., Keep, E., Neill, S., & Stillwell, S. (2001). Independent Research to Evaluate the Key Skills Support Programme (KSSP) – Stage One. University of Warwick, Centre for Education and Industry.

  • Coleman, S., & Keep, E. (2001). Background Literature Review for PIU Project on Workforce Development. Cabinet Office/PIU.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2001). Globalisation, Models of Competitive Advantage and Skills. In SKOPE Research Paper. University of Warwick, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E. (2000). Creating a Knowledge-Driven Economy – Definitions, Challenges and Opportunities. In SKOPE Policy Paper. University of Warwick, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E. (2000). Employers’ Attitudes Towards Adult Training. In National Skills Task Force Research Project Report. DfEE.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2000). The Leisure Sector. In National Skills Task Force Research Project Report. DfEE.

  • Keep, E. (2000). Learning Organisations, Lifelong Learning and the Mystery of the Vanishing Employers. In SKOPE Research Paper. University of Warwick, SKOPE.

  • Keep, E. (2000). Upskilling Scotland – A New Horizon Report. Centre for Scottish Public Policy.

  • Brown, A., & Keep, E. (1999). Lifequal Project: Effective processes for the acquisition of qualifications for lifelong learning - with the focus on processes of school to work transition through vocational education and training - English National Report’. University of Warwick, IER.

  • Keep, E. (1999). National Skills Task Force Issues Paper on Management Skills for the Third Millenium and UK Management Education, Training and Development. University of Warwick, SKOPE.

  • Brown, A., & Keep, E. (1999). Review of Vocational Education and Training Research in the United Kingdom. European Commission.

  • Keep, E. (1998). Employment Policies and Training Policy in Europe – the UK Case Study. Fondazione Regionale Pietro Seveso/Warwick University: SKOPE.

  • Edwards, P., Gilman, M., Hall, M., Keep, E., Lloyd, C., & Sisson, K. (1997). The industrial relations consequences of New Labour. In Hot Topics series, (special web edition). Warwick Business School.

  • Edwards, P., Gilman, M., Hall, M., Keep, E., Lloyd, C., & Sisson, K. (1997). The industrial relations consequences of New Labour. In European Industrial Relations Observatory. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.
    http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/observatories/eurwork/articles/labour-market/the-industrial-relations-consequences-of-the-new-labour-government

  • Ferner, A., Keep, E., & Waddington, J. (1995). ECSC Readaptation Measures in the Restructuring of the European Coal and Steel Industries - Final Report. University of Warwick Business School, IRRU.

  • Ferner, A., Keep, E., & Waddington, J. (1995). ECSC Readaptation Measures in the Restructuring of the European Coal and Steel Industries - Initial Report. University of Warwick Business School, IRRU.

  • Keep, E., & Waddington, J. (1995). ECSC Measures and the Restructuring of Steel and Coal in the UK. University of Warwick Business School, IRRU.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1994). UK Training Policy - Assumptions and Reality. In Background briefing paper for TUC national conference ’Looking Forward to Full Employment’. TUC.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1994). Scoping paper for the Institute of Personnel Management ’What Makes Training Pay?’ Project. IPM.

  • Keep, E., Edwards, P., Ferner, A., Hall, M., Sisson, K., & Waddington, J. (1993). Report for the EC on Social Dialogue and Restructuring in the Community Steel Industry - Initial Report. University of Warwick, IRRU.

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1993). Submission on training and skills utilisation to the House of Commons Select Committee on Trade and Industry’s inquiry into the competitiveness of British manufacturing’, June, 1993. (subsequently published in Evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Trade and Industry Committee 2nd Report ’Competitiveness of UK Manufacturing Industry’, Vol 2, Memoranda of Evidence (pp. 181-186). HMSO.

  • Keep, E., & Waddington, J. (1993). Report on Social Dialogue in the Implementation of Social Measures Accompanying the Restructuring of the Steel Industry: The Case of the United Kingdom’. University of Warwick: IRRU.

  • Keep, E. (1993). Final Report for the EC on Social Dialogue in the Community Steel Industry. University of Warwick, IRRU.

  • Keep, E. (1993). The Need for a Revised Management System for the Teaching Profession (pp. 53-59). Informa UK Limited.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/09645299300000007http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09645299300000007

  • Keep, E. (1992). Submission of Evidence to the National Commission on Education on Key Issue 3, The Teaching Profession and Quality. University of Warwick, IRRU.

  • Keep, E. (1992). Report on British Steel for the ILVA-METIS-STOA Project. University of Warwick, IRRU.

  • Keep, E., Sisson, K., Finegold, D., Miliband, D., Robinson, D., & Ziman, J. (1992). Higher Education: Expansion and Reform. Institute of Public Policy Research.

  • Keep, E., Finegold, D., Miliband, D., Raffe, D., Spours, K., & Young, M. (1990). A British ’Baccalaureate’ - Ending the Division Between Education and Training. In Education and Training Paper No 1. Institute of Public Policy Research.

  • Keep, E. (1987). Britain’s Attempts to Create a National Vocational Education and Training System: A Review of Progress. In Warwick Papers in Industrial Relations. University of Warwick, IRRU.

  • Keep, E. (1986). Designing the Stable Door: A Study of How the Youth Training Scheme was Planned. In Warwick Papers in Industrial Relations. University of Warwick, IRRU.

  • Keep, E. (n.d.). Reflections on a curious absence – the role of employers, labour market incentives and labour market regulation in English 14-19 policy. In Nuffield Review Working Paper.

  • Other
  • Keep, E. (2013). Skills Policy in England – a case of the Walking Dead? TJ Opinion Piece. In Training Journal (Issue May, pp. 12-13).

  • Keep, E. (2012). The reform of vocational qualifications should loom large. In Adults Learning (Vols. 24, Issue 1, pp. 12-12).

  • Keep, E. (2012). Communicating the reforms will be a huge challenge. In Adults Learning Extra (Issue January, pp. 7-7).

  • Keep, E. (2012). Danger review will be left on the shelf. In Adults Learning (Vols. 24, Issues 2, pp. 36-36).

  • Keep, E. (2011). Skills utilisation. In Holyrood Magazine, skills supplement (Issue September, pp. 7-8).

  • Keep, E. (2010). Where now for adult learning?. In Adults Learning (Vols. 21, Issues 10, pp. 16-16).

  • Keep, E. (2009). Understanding Incentives Better. In Workplace Learning and Skills Bulletin (Issues 7, pp. 15-16).

  • Keep, E. (2009). The Skills Story. In Workplace – Learning and Skills Bulletin (Issues 7, pp. 12-12).

  • Keep, E. (2007). Live and learn is a better strategy. In Talisman (Issues 57, pp. 14-14).

  • Keep, E. (2007). Skills equals success? If only it were that simple. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 11, Issue 1, pp. 9-9).

  • Keep, E. (2007). Balls no one is likely to catch. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 11, Issues 7, pp. 29-30).

  • Keep, E. (2007). Both Leitch and Gordon Brown are over-optimistic about what skills and education alone can deliver. In Adults learning (Vols. 18, Issues 5, pp. 15-15).

  • Keep, E. (2007). Unless we link skills policies to economic development, much effort will be wasted. In Adults learning (Vols. 19, Issue 1, pp. 15-15).

  • Keep, E. (2006). Market failure and public policy on training: some reasons for caution. In Development and Learning in Organizations (Vols. 20, Issues 6, pp. 7-9).
    http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/14777280610706149

  • Keep, E. (2006). Adult learning in the balance. In Adults Learning (Vols. 18, Issue 1, pp. 8-8). NIACE.

  • Keep, E. (2006). Live and Learn, Viewpoint. In People Management (Issue 27 July, pp. 7-7).

  • Keep, E. (2005). New Labour. In New Humanist (Issue July/August, pp. 14-15).

  • Keep, E. (2004). Trapped on the low road. In Adult Learning (Vols. 15, Issues 6, pp. 16-17).

  • Keep, E. (2003). ‘We have been here before…..’. In Adult Learning (Vols. 14, Issues 11, pp. 16-17).

  • Keep, E. (2003). The trouble with training. In People Management (Vols. 9, Issues 7, pp. 27-27).

  • Keep, E. (2002). Joined up thinking. In People Management.

  • Keep, E. (2001). Researchers on tap but never on top: working with the Cabinet Office. In Social Sciences (Issues 49).

  • Keep, E. (2001). La impaciencia del capital. In Organizaciones que aprenden (Issues 42, pp. 18-20).

  • Keep, E. (2001). Ewart Keep talks to LSC chief John Harwood. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 7, Issues 7, pp. 16-17).

  • Keep, E. (2000). The future of work may not be highly-skilled. In The Edge (Issues 5, pp. 16-17).

  • Keep, E. (2000). New dynamics to encourage social inclusion and lifelong learning. In College Research (Vols. 3, Issues 2, pp. 9-10).

  • Huddleston, P., & Keep, E. (2000). What do employers want from education – a question more easily asked than answered?. In Centrelink (Issues 7, pp. 3-5).

  • Keep, E. (1999). Success may need a little more learning. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 6, Issues 2, pp. 7-8).

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1999). Demand and supply. In People Management (pp. 40-42).

  • Keep, E. (1999). ’Missing links’, Viewpoint. In People Management (Issues 28, pp. 35-35).

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1998). Was Ratner Right. In T-Magazine (pp. 15-17).

  • Keep, E. (1998). When the secretary is better educated than her boss. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 5).

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1998). Welfare to Work - some questions ministers must answer. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 5, Issues 3, pp. 18-19).

  • Keep, E. (1996). A New Approach. In Training Tomorrow (Vols. 10, Issue 1, pp. 5-6).

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1996). What Training Can and Cannot Do for the Jobless. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 4, Issues 4, pp. 43-46).

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1994). Skills Cannot Promise a Job. In Parliamentary Brief (Vols. 3, Issues 2, pp. 17-20).

  • Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (1994). Skilling the Jobless: Time for a New Deal. In Employment Policy Institute Economic Report (Vols. 8, Issue 1, pp. 1-5).

  • Keep, E. (1988). Ministers Prepare to Hand Training Over to Employers. In BIM Employment Bulletin and IR Digest (Issues 3, pp. 1-3).

  • Keep, E. (1986). Can Britain Build a Coherent Vocational Training System?. In Personnel Management (pp. 28-31).

  • Keep, E. (n.d.). Are employers failing young people?. In Business in Wales (Issue Feb/March, pp. 30-30).