Robert Gay


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Research Officer

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Robert joined IES as a research intern in April 2018 before returning as a research officer in August 2018. Robert’s research interests include equality and diversity, as well as unemployment and welfare across UK and EU public policy areas.

Professionally, Robert is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative research, including conducting literature reviews, interviews, survey data analysis and framework analysis. He has conducted multiple telephone and face-to-face interviews with senior stakeholders, training providers, students and industry professionals. He has demonstrated his ability to accurately analyse and interpret qualitative data as well as quantitative survey data using SPSS. Robert has worked alongside other institute researchers on a range of diverse and challenging projects, contributing at all stages of research.

At university, Robert completed an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Sussex, before undertaking a masters in International Social Policy at the University of Kent, graduating with distinction. During his studies, Robert carried out a variety of both qualitative and quantitative research projects, gaining significant research and analysis capabilities across both disciplines, including, but not limited to, data analysis, discourse analysis, thematic analysis and social research design.

His postgraduate dissertation examined the interplay between culture, religion and society in the creation of the social identity of second generation British Muslims living within the UK.

Prior to commencing his postgraduate degree, Robert worked as a recruitment consultant for a graduate consultancy, gaining invaluable frontline experience of HR processes and the graduate labour market, as well as developing extensive knowledge of interviewing techniques through in-depth interviews with senior managers, junior staff and students.


2017 University of Kent MA, International Social Policy
2015 University of Sussex BA, History

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