Esther Anwuzia

Dr Esther Anwuzia

  • eanwuzia at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour
  • Dorset House D113, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole. BH12 5BB
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Esther is an education researcher specialising in the impact of social and educational inequalities on the future aspirations, life chances, and wellbeing of adolescents and young adults. She investigates strategies that minimise the spate of early school leaving and young people not in employment, education, or training (NEET) in deprived communities and regions. She also researches strategic and pedagogical approaches for enhancing student motivation, engagement, and retention.

Esther received her PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge. Her study examined the influence of the family and school contexts on young people's career decision-making and school-to-work transition. Her research employs an interdisciplinary approach to explore factors that facilitate or hinder young people's educational and employment trajectories.

Esther advocates policies and interventions for improving young people's social mobility and is open to collaborations with academics, practitioners, and policymakers in education and youth studies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Decent work and economic growth

"Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Journal Articles


  • Anwuzia, E., 2023. Adolescents’ Future Career Preparation and Socioemotional Competencies: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective. Self-Determination Theory and Socioemotional Learning. Springer Nature.

Internet Publications


  • Anwuzia, E., 2023. Blog Post: Advancing young people’s transferable skills and transition to work. BU Research Blog. Published online.
  • Anwuzia, E. and Obiegbu, J., 2022. Blog Post: What can be done for more at-risk young people to become entrepreneurs?. BU Research Blog. Published online.
  • Anwuzia, E., 2022. Blog Post: Coaching At-Risk Young People CPD. BU Research Blog. Published online.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MSc research project supervision

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Academic and Professional Practices
  • Organisational Behaviour and Responsible Management

External Responsibilities

  • Frontiers in Education, Review Editor (2024-)
  • Auto/Biography Review, Editorial Assistant (2023-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Academic Representative, Research Concordat Steering Group

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022 (25 Oct 2022-26 Oct 2022)

Conference Presentations

  • The BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference 2023, Community and the socio-spatial context in a social entrepreneurship programme for NEET young people in deprived coastal regions, 13 Sep 2023, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • The BSA Auto/Biography Summer Conference 2023, 12 Jul 2023, Wolfson College, Oxford
  • Philomathia Social Sciences Research Symposium, Implementing competency-based learning: Does entrepreneurship education work?, 29 Jun 2022, University of Cambridge

Attended Training

  • Statistical Disclosure Control delivered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


  • PhD in Psychology of Education (University of Cambridge, 2023)


  • British Educational Research Association (BERA), Member,
  • The British Academy Early Career Researcher Network, Member,
  • The British Academy ECR Network Interdisciplinary ThinkIn Group, Member,
  • Youth Employment Group, The UK's What Works Centre for Youth Employment, Member,

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