Keynotes

Adia Harvey Wingfield (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

Professor of Sociology / Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences / Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Adia Harvey Wingfield’s research examines how and why racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations. Dr. Wingfield has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, and American Sociological Review. She is a former President of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and President-elect of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), the largest regional professional sociological association in the US. In addition to her academic scholarship, Professor Wingfield has written for mainstream outlets including SlateThe AtlanticVox and Harvard Business Review, and is the recipient of the 2018 Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association. Her most recent book is Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy.

Stephen Billett (Griffith University, Australia)

Professor of Adult and Vocational Education / School of Education and Professional Studies / National Teaching Fellow / Australian Research Council Future Fellow

Stephen Billett’s research centres on vocational learning, workplace learning, and learning for vocational purposes. He has worked for the Australian Research Council and sits on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals, including the Journal on Workplace LearningVocations and Learning, and Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training.

Hongxia Shan (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Associate Professor of Adult Education and Learning

Hongxia Shan’s research focues on work, learning, and knowledge “transfer” and translation in the context of immigration, globalization and transnationalism. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Adult Educational Quarterly, Asian Pacific Education, Compare, International Journal of Lifelong Education, Journal of Workplace Learning and Studies in the Education of Adults. She is a former president of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education. She has served as an expert/keynote speaker and discussant in both academic and professional conferences internationally and locally in British Columbia on issues of migration, work, adult learning and social equity and justice.