Stephanie Allais

Stepstephanie_allais_2hanie Matseleng Allais is Research Chair of Skills Development and Professor of Education at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour at Wits University. Her research interests are in the sociology of education, policy, education and development, curriculum, and political economy of education, focused on relationships between education and work. She teaches on an  M.Ed focused on Knowledge and Work as well as supervising post-graduate students. Her book, Selling Education Out: National Qualifications Frameworks and the abandonment of Knowledge, was published by SENSE in 2014. Until recently she has been Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, and has served on many committees by appointment of Ministers of Education in South Africa, and has been involved in numerous policy processes.

Current research projects include:

Skill formation systems in developing countries.

This project focuses on skill formation systems at a national level. It aims to build insight into the predominant patterns of skill formation systems at a macro socio-political as well as institutional level in a developing country context today, specifically in Africa. In other words, what is shaping and constraining education and training? We are currently analyzing labour market structures and skill formation systems in six countries, three in Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia, and South Africa) and three rich countries (Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland). The focus is on the ways in which labour markets enable and/or constrain the development of occupations, the emerging or new ways in which work is being organized, and the implications for educational preparation for work. The innovation in this research is an attempt to develop, at a macro or national level, a comparative picture of the ways in which work and labour markets are regulated and organized, as well as how they relate to education and training systems, across a set of contrasting countries. By way of this international analysis across the countries we want to understand the ways in which labour markets in the different countries classify, protect, fragment and casualise occupations, as well as the role of social institutions (unions, educational institutions, government and employer organizations). I working with an international team who are producing case studies on the different countries, and I am working with the South African team on the three African studies.