I am the Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. I am also the Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Training.
My 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. I have recently launched a new Masters of Education focused on Knowledge and Work, and currently teaching a course on Education, Skills, and Development, as well as supervising post-graduate students.
Prior to joining Wits University I was a fellow at the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Immediately prior to joining the CES, I managed and conducted research for an international research project comparing qualifications frameworks in 16 countries, for the International Labour Organization. I have worked in various parts of the South African education system, including government, a non-governmental organization in distance education, running the education department of a trade union, and teaching in a high school, as well as teaching part time in adult basic education and training, and leading a student organization. I have served on many committees by appointment of Ministers of Education in South Africa, and has been involved in numerous policy processes. I have a PhD in education policy from Wits University in South Africa.