I am a lecturer in the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation at Strathclyde Business School. My research interests lie in graduate transitions to employment, skill utilisation and job upgrading, and mixed methods research approaches. I teach across a range of areas related to my interests in Human Resource Management, organisational behaviour and research methods.
My background is in economics, area studies and employment research. Prior to taking up my current role, I was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, and an Early Career Fellow of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study. Between 2016 and 2018 I was on part-time secondment as a Research Associate to Wales Public Services 2025 hosted by Cardiff Business School.
Has expertise in:
- Graduate transitions to employment
- The ‘graduate labour market’, including the SME context
- Skill development and skill utilisation
- Mixed methods research approaches
PhD, University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research, ESRC CASE Studentship, Employment Research
MPhil (Distinction), University of Oxford, St Anne’s College, CEELBAS Studentship, Russian and East European Studies
BA (Honours), University of Oxford, St Anne’s College, Economics and Management
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
ONS Accredited Researcher
Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
At WEO I teach on a range of courses, including Human Resource Management, organisational behaviour and research methods, specialising in skill development and utilisation, transitions to employment, graduate employment, labour markets, research methodology and statistical analysis.
Previously, I have taught introductory mathematical methods and quantitative economics at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, public policy economics, inequality and labour markets, and research methods for the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, and have supervised undergraduate students’ dissertations from the department of Economics, University of Warwick.
My main research interests are in graduate transitions to employment, skill utilisation and job upgrading, and mixed methods research approaches. I am especially interested in the inequalities in graduate transitions to employment, and in the role of skill development and skill utilisation in relation to graduate employment. My doctoral research was on graduates’ skill utilisation in small and large firms in the UK, and provides both a foundation and a departure point for my current work.
At present, I am working on a comparative research project on the role of work placements in graduate transitions to employment in the UK and Italy, taking into account national education and labour market contexts. My colleagues and I are exploring similarities and differences in the pathways to employment, who benefits and who is marginalised, and furthering the development of an international research network around this area (I am currently coordinating a small but growing unfunded international network on transitions to employment: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/GRADUATE-TRANSITIONS).
Previously, I worked on a variety of projects related to employment and the labour market while at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, including adults’ participation in training, wider benefits of higher education and diversity in the British screen industries. During my time at Wales Public Services 2025, I worked on public service financing, focusing on healthcare spend in Wales.
- SRHE Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network: How do different HE institutions address graduate employability?
- From Education to Employment: How Internships and Traineeships are Challenging Labour Regulation
- Unequal opportunities: The role of internships in graduates’ labour market transitions
- Educational Choices in Further and Higher Education
- SRHE Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network: “Digital platforms, digital labour, and the future of employability”
- EAWOP/ESRC Small Group Meeting on Young People's Work, Employment and Careers
More professional activities
- Post education job and career choices.
- Luchinskaya, Daria (Researcher) Baldauf, Beate (Principal Investigator) Hunt, Wil (Researcher) Brown, Alan (Researcher)
- With Peter Dickinson, Beate Baldauf, Wil Hunt and Alan Brown. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 16/04/2018 - Project End Date: 31/07/2018
- 16-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
- Adult skills - who gets invested in and how has this changed over time?
- Luchinskaya, Daria (Principal Investigator) Dickinson, Peter (Co-investigator)
- With Peter Dickinson. Funded by Social Mobility Commission. Project Start Date: 29/09/2017 - Project End Date: 03/07/2018
- 29-Jan-2017 - 03-Jan-2018
- Diversity in the screen industries
- Eikhof, Doris Ruth (Principal Investigator) Newsinger, Jack (Researcher) Aidley, Daniela (Researcher) Luchinskaya, Daria (Researcher) Banks, Mark (Principal Investigator)
- 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2016
- Assessing Policy Initiatives to Address Intergenerational Worklessness / Fragile Employment
- Luchinskaya, Daria (Researcher) Green, Anne (Principal Investigator)
- Assessing Policy Initiatives to Address Intergenerational Worklessness / Fragile Employment’ (Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016). IER, University of Warwick. Literature review project for the Public Policy Institute for Wales.
- 01-Jan-2015 - 29-Jan-2016
- A critical comparative analysis of graduates’ transitions to employment in the UK and Italy
- Tzanakou, Charoula (Principal Investigator) Luchinskaya, Daria (Co-investigator) Pedrini, Giulio (Co-investigator) Cattani, Luca (Co-investigator)
- This project looks at graduate transitions and work placements from an inclusive perspective in alignment with the focus of the Oxford Brookes Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice. We are focusing on understanding how work placements reproduce and how they can disrupt inequalities due to gender and social class, using a mixed-methods research approach.
- Graduate transitions to employment in the UK and Italy
- Tzanakou, Charoula (Co-investigator) Luchinskaya, Daria (Co-investigator) Pedrini, Giulio (Co-investigator) Cattani, Luca (Co-investigator)
- This ongoing interdisciplinary mixed-methods project looks at the role of work placements undertaken during study in graduate transitions to employment from inclusive and interdisciplinary perspectives, using the UK and Italy as examples. We explore two broad questions: (1) how participation in and outcomes of different kinds of work placements taking place during higher education differ by characteristics such as gender and fields of study, and (2) how students experience their placements.
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