Helena Takala


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Research Officer


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Helena joined IES as a research officer in 2017, having previously worked as a research intern. Her main interests include UK further and higher education policy, school-to-work transitions and labour market disadvantage.

She completed a BA in International Relations and an MA in Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex where her academic interests focused on UK financial and housing policy. Since joining IES, Helena has used her qualitative research skills mainly as part of UK public policy research for government departments but also large employer organisations. She has experience conducting interviews and focus groups, systematic literature reviews and report writing, and survey analysis on SPSS.

Helena’s past and current projects include case study research for a 16-18 work placements pilot evaluation, qualitative interviews and literature reviews on the experience of disadvantaged and minority students within UK higher education, a comparative literature review on in-work progression across six European countries, and survey analysis as part of a university outreach programme evaluation.


2014 Unviersity of Sussex MA Global Political Economy
2013 Unviersity of Sussex BA International Relations