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Carmen joined the Department of Political Economy in 2016. In her current research project, she explores how the policy of localism can affect the capacity of the apprenticeship system to solve the problem of training under-investment and deliver the trained technicians required by firms in the automotive and aerospace industries in England. Carmen is the recipient of the 2016 Gatsby Technical Education PhD Studentship, awarded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the ESRC.

Carmen holds a BA in Sociology with Human Rights (2012) and an MA in Sociological Research (2013) from the University of Essex. Prior to starting her PhD at King’s, Carmen led the set-up and delivery of a project which aimed to identify current skills gaps and shortages in all sectors across Essex and to redesign the 16-24 year-old vocational skills provision available. The project resulted in the first Skills Evidence Base for Greater Essex report.

Doctoral Research

Skills for the Future? An analysis of the English Apprenticeship system's capacity to produce level 3-5 skills in advanced manufacturing

Research interests

  • Polycentric governance
  • Collective-action problem
  • Human capital
  • Public policy
  • The Bloomington School of Political Economy


Professor Paul Lewis and Dr John Meadowcroft