Peliwe Lolwana - RWL10 Opening Welcome
Peliwe Lolwana recently retired as the Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she still serves as a visiting Associate Professor. Prof Lolwana chairs the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), in addition to chairing and serving on a number of other associations, boards, foundations and councils in education and training in South Africa. She has written and published in the areas of assessment, quality assurance, adult education, vocational education, skills development and post-school education.
Guy Standing is currently a Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Prof. Standing has been involved in labour research in over 25 countries and has an extensive publications record. His research work has focused on insecurities faced by workers; labour regulation and social protection; social and economic security; labour economics; labour, work and occupation; economic rights and globalisation and social protection policy. His comprehensive analysis of the global transformation of work and labour will help provide useful insights into the conference theme.
Edward Webster is a Research Professor in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author of seven books and over one hundred academic articles. He pioneered the academic study of labour in South Africa and has produced many of the key industrial relations actors in South Africa. His most recent co-authored book Grounding Globalisation: Labour in the Age of Insecurity was awarded the prestigious American Sociological Association award for the best scholarly monograph published on labour.
Johnny Sung is the head of the Centre for Skills, Performance and Productivity at the Institute for Adult Learning in Singapore. Professor Sung is an international expert in workforce development, focusing specifically on training effectiveness and the link between skills policy and business performance. He is currently leading skills research in Singapore focused on skills utilisation and job quality; the sectoral approach to skills and performance in key industry sectors; and adult competencies and job performance. He is also a Honorary Professor at the University of Cardiff (UK) and Visiting Professor at the University College London (UK).
Annalisa Sannino works at the Centre for Research on Activity, Development and Learning in the Faculty of Education at University of Helsinki where she is currently completing a five year Finnish Academy research fellowship. She is visiting professor at Rhodes University, South Africa and at University West, Sweden. Her research is primarily focused on developing an activity-centered educational theory of transformative agency. Her work demonstrates how transformative agency can be discursively identified, supported and enhanced within communities, educational and work activities by means of formative interventions.