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Ruth Abrams
Doctoral Topic:
The journey of job applicants in a UK labour market
Area of Interest:
UK recruitment processes, job applicant wellbeing, job applicant identity construction, career decisions, qualitative methodology


Ruth is a full time doctoral student due to complete her MRes in 2017. Ruth has worked at Kingston University as a researcher since 2015, undertaking a range of exploratory qualitative research projects including purpose at work amongst leaders, job applicant rejections and sense-making processes and the experiences of homecare workers in the context of dementia and end of life care. Prior to joining Kingston University Ruth has worked in the field of wellbeing and behaviour change since 2005. She has a BA degree in Health Promotion and an MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology. 

Doctoral Thesis

Year of Study:
Doctoral Title:
Working title: The journey of job applicants in a UK labour market
Dr Emma Russell, Dr Miguel Imas and Dr Deborah Brewis

Doctoral Details

Using a qualitative approach, multiple in-depth interviews will be undertaken over a longitudinal time frame in order to follow the journeys of a small group of job applicants transitioning from education to employment. This doctorate research will seek out a range of experiences in relation to the UK labour market, current recruitment practices, how they are experienced and the impact this has on job applicants, particularly in relation to their ideas around identity, self-marketing and performance. The narratives of job applicants will be explored in relation to social and cultural frameworks of understanding.  

Education and Work History

MRes (Kingston University London), MSc. Occupational and Business Psychology (Kingston University), BA Health Promotion (Southampton Solent University)

Work Experience

Teaching and Research Experience:

HPL (2015-present), Business Psychology (Level 6), Kingston University

Supervision of Post Graduate Dissertations

Research Assistant (2015- present), Kingston University

Industry Experience:

12 years experience in wellbeing and project coordination working for organisations such as UK Active, The Ramblers, VSO

Concurrent freelance experience for organisations such as reCentre Health and Energise You

Publications and Academic Achievements

Abrams, R., Vandreala, T., Samsi, K., Manthorpe, J., Yeh, I. and D'Astous, V.(2017), "Blurred boundaries: home care workers’ experiences of providing care for people with dementia up to the end of life", BSG Conference, Swansea, 5th-7th July.  

Abrams, R. (2017), "Making sense of multiple rejections after face-to-face interviews: The significance of feedback on applicant identities", EAWOP Conference, Dublin, 17th-20th May. 

D'Astous, V., Abrams, R., Vandrevala, T., Samsi, K. and Manthorpe, J. (2017), "Gaps in understanding the experiences of homecare workers providing care for people with dementia up to the end of life: A systematic review", Dementia, DOI: 10.1177/1471301217699354

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