Programme details and speaker biographies

11.45 International Panel

A Golden Chain of Privileges and Expertise – Towards a Grounded Theory of Mid-Career Stuckness, presented by Iben Treebak

Iben Treebak will introduce her research project on mid-career stuckness – the research questions, methodology (qualitative interviews) analytical approach (Grounded Theory) and findings – and reflect on how getting involved in research has informed her career guidance practice.

'The more I read, the less I know?!' An ongoing story about how a practitioner becomes a researcher, presented by Petra Røise

Petra will reflect on her personal journey from being an experience practitioner to becoming a novice researcher. She will pay particular focus to how core values in practice are also applied as a researcher. In addition she will illustrate how these values are visible in her current PhD project on career education in a lower secondary school in Norway.

'Reflections on the Practitioner-Researcher Journey', presented by Dr Lucy Hearne

Using Inkson's 'journey' metaphor, the presentation will address my career development from career changer in my mid 30's in the private sector to the guidance counselling professional and progression onwards into academia as a lecturer and researcher. It will consider the benefits and challenges of the dual role of lecturer and researcher with examples drawn from my work in different areas of research (e.g. dissertation supervision, funded projects, collaborative writing).

3.00 Keynote 2: The importance of practitioner research

The importance of practitioner research, presented by Jenny Bimrose, Emeritus Professor

Jenny will talk about her own research journey from being a careers adviser to achieving her PhD and professorship at the Univeristy of Warwick. Jenny is one of the UK's great career thought leaders and a great advocate for practitioner research.


Jenny Bimrose, Emeritus Professor, has over forty years' experience in higher education, and extensive experience of research and consultancy, both in the UK and Europe. Before beginning her research career, Jenny qualified and worked as a careers practitioner, then took a role educating career practitioners. An ongoing research interest relates to the effective use of labour market information (LMI) in career guidance practice. She also took the lead on an international comparative study of the career trajectories of older women across nine countries, including China, Argentina and South Africa. For further details, see:

Jenny is a Legacy Fellow of the Career Development Institute and was awarded the 2020 Rodney Cox Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of contributions to careers. Her publications include: five co-authored books, 55 chapters in books; 37 articles in academic journals; 52 research reports and articles in professional journals. She has delivered 63 invited keynote addresses. 

Dr. Lucy Hearne is an Assistant Lecturer in the School of Lifelong Learning and Education, Waterford Institute of Technology. She is a qualified guidance counsellor with twenty years’ experience as a professional guidance practitioner, third level educator and academic researcher. Her research interest areas are lifelong guidance counselling, career development, adult education, and reflective practice. From 2006 onwards, she has been a recipient of numerous research funding awards from the Irish Research Council (IRC) and Higher Education Institutional Seed Funds. She is currently a researcher on an Erasmus+ policy experimentation research project in the Waterford Institute of Technology, in collaboration with educational stakeholders from Ireland, Norway and Malta. 

Petra Røise is a PhD candidate in career counselling at University of South-Eastern Norway. She has nearly twenty years’ experience as a guidance practitioner, specialiising in counseling young people. Since 2009, she has been teaching and publishing in higher education, in subjects like guidance and counselling, youth knowledge and culture. She is currently a PhD candidate in the last phase of her research on career education in lower secondary school in Norway. Her research project takes departure from participatory research with teachers, career counsellors and students. A central ambition for the research project is to challenge and develop practices and discourses on career education, with a particular focus on coherence in career learning.

Iben Treebak is a Chief Career Consultant at Pharmadanmark, a small Danish labour union for professionals in life science where she works with career guidance of highly educated professionals. She has recently completed a professional part-time master’s programme in career guidance at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus, where she got involved in research.