Dr Barbara Jones is a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) and the European Work and Employment Research Centre(EWERC).
She is an economics graduate of the London School of Economics and completed her master and doctoral studies at the University of Manchester.
Barbara’s research interests encompass developing distributed methods for capturing new skills and competences as they emerge in the convergence of occupations driven by technological change.
She is co-author of a recent book on the role of tacit component in skills acquisition and innovation diffusion (Jones: Miller 2009) and has contributed various book chapters in this area.
She is and has been involved in a range of national, European and international research projects examining generic skills data capture and profiling.
She has conducted research projects, to name but a few, on "Generic skills data capture & competence evaluation Trans-European networks" (European Commission), on "Developing new skill profiles in innovation management - sectoral studies in Germany, Spain, Romania and UK (European Commission no E/02/F/PP-115.860)" and on "New Skill formation for e-business in the North West Region (GONW Regional Development Agency)"