Professor Fiona Carmichael

Professor Fiona Carmichael

Department of Management
Professor of Labour Economics

Fiona joined Birmingham Business School in 2007. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia (1989) and an MPhil in economics from Cambridge University (1985). Her first degree  in Economics, Politics and Quantitative Methods is from The University of East Anglia (1983). Her main theoretical and empirical contributions are concentrated at the intersection between labour economics, the sociology of work and HRM,  in health economics and in sports economics and policy. Current research is focused mainly around employment and policy issues linked to older age, the ageing society and the care economy.


1980-1983: BA(Hons) first class: University of East Anglia; Economics, Quantitative methods and Politics
1984-1985: MPhil: University of Cambridge; Economics
1985-1989: PhD: University of East Anglia; Multinationals in the Labour Market
1999-2001: Postgraduate Certificate in Further, Adult and Higher Education: Manchester Metropolitan University


Masters/Doctoral level:

  • Economics and Economic Policy for Business
  • Regression with Categorical Dependent Variables

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Carmichael is interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

Gender, age and work
Informal care and paid employment
Economics of sport


Employment and training issues relating to ageing societies, the over 50s and informal carers

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Health and Social care

Fiona Carmichael is an expert on employment issues faced by informal caregivers and older workers:

  • Caregiving over life-courses – costs and trade-offs
  • Barriers to employment faced by older workers
  • Career histories and outcomes in later life

Policy experience

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