Rosie Alexander

Accepting PhD Students

Willing to speak to media


Research activity per year

Personal profile


I am a lecturer on the Career Development and Guidance Postgraduate programmes at UWS. I am also a registered career development professional with the Career Development Institute (CDI). 

Current teaching activities and interests

I am module leader and lecturer on two postgraduate modules: Career Development Theory and Career Related Policy. 

I supervise masters students undertaking the MSc in Career Guidance and Development. 

Current research activities

My PhD (completed in 2021) focused on the career development and migration trajectories of higher education students from the islands of Orkney and Shetland. My research interests are focused on issues of place, mobility and migration and their relationship with career development trajectories. I am also interested in the implications of place and mobility for career guidance policy and practice. 

Much of my own research has taken place in the North of Scotland and the Scottish Islands. However, I am interested in issues of place, rurality and island experiences more broadly, including collaborating with international colleagues on different papers and projects. 

Alongside my academic research I have also worked as a research consultant. My consultancy work has typically focused on best practice in career guidance and education policy and practice, and has included work in Scotland, England and work with a global focus. 


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 SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • G Geography (General)
  • Island Studies
  • Rural Studies
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • L Education (General)
  • Career Education
  • Career Guidance
  • Transition
  • Higher Education


Dive into the research topics where Rosie Alexander is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or