Programme Themes

The holding theme for RWL10 is:
Transitions, Transformations and Transgressions in Work and Learning & Work and Learning Research

In Africa and around the world we are grappling with transitions between mainstream, second and third economies. There are also moves to transition local and national economies and societies to become clean, lean and ‘green’ – i.e. more ecologically sustainable in the face of climate change and risks that are inextricably both ecological and social risks.

The conference theme for RWL10 invites and challenges presenters to explore their own particular research interests in the interacting contexts of changes in the socio-economic, socio-material and socio-ecological world, shaping the experiences of individuals, groups, sectors, workplaces and organisations within work and learning contexts. It aims to offer new lenses to understand how work and learning research in contemporary times may require review and reflexivity as we reach for transformative methodologies and vantage points. 

While contributions outside these broad thematic ideas will still be considered for the programme, the conference will centre the exchange of ideas around the following questions:

  • What transitions, transformations or transgressions are influencing work and learning, as societies confront socio-ecological risks like climate change, economic stagnation, social insecurity and inequalities? 
  • What are the implications of these transitions, transformations and transgressions for the nature of work, worker identity and agency, careers and career guidance, and work-based learning, among other areas of interest?
  • Does a focus on broader transitions, transformations and transgressions challenge traditional boundaries and framings of work and learning, and the relationship between society, economy, education and work? What is transformative (or not) in RWL research?

Delegates can look forward to exploring collaborations and discussing solutions to meet challenges in current and future scenarios.

RWL10 will cover the following broad sub-themes: 

  1. Organisation of work and learning: social, political and technical
  2. Jobs, occupations, knowledge and learning
  3. Learning and organisational development and change
  4. Role of policy, social and intermediary institutions in work and learning
  5. Careers and bridging into work
  6. Casualisation of work and insecure workers – learning possibilities to deal with struggles, risk and precarity
  7. Cultural, historical and socio-material perspectives on work, learning, agency and social change
  8. Professions and professionalisms – today and for the future
  9. Educating and learning for a sustainable world
  10. Methodology development for researching work and learning

 Who Should Attend

  •  Academia (Lecturers and researchers from higher and vocational learning centres; public and private providers )
  • Education and work researchers 
  • Human Resource Development professionals
  • Adult Education practitioners, consultants, training providers and trainers 
  • Workforce Development specialists 
  • Skills agencies 
  • Professional associations 
  • Policy makers focused on Post School Education and Training 
  • Anyone else interested in Work and Learning

Conference Contributions

The conference invites submissions for the following: 

  • Individual paper presentations
  • Symposiums, round tables and panel sessions
  • Workshops
  • Poster presentations