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CEID Seminar: Students with disabilities and the transition to work: A capabilities approach

June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Dr Oliver Mutanga, UCL Institute of Education



Professor Moses Oketch, UCL Institute of Education


In this seminar, Dr Mutanga will present on the central themes in his forthcoming book – Students with disabilities and the transition to work: A capabilities approach (London & New York: Routledge). This book foregrounds the voices of students and graduates from South Africa in order to explore identity, inclusion, participation and success of youth with disabilities in higher education, as well as their transition from university to employment. I propose a new understanding of disability, considered in terms of a continuum of abilities, balancing empirical data, theory and policy analysis with specific regard to the interests of youth with disabilities, making a unique contribution to discussions on access, inclusion and success in higher education and employment. These discussions inform social development and educational policy planning and implementation, not only in South Africa, but also in the global north and south countries, particularly in terms of remedial courses of action that bring social justice to people with disabilities. The book will be of interest to all scholars and students working in the fields of education and disability, particularly those with a focus on critical disability studies and higher education, as well as those working in sociology, development studies and social policy.

Speaker Bio

Dr Oliver Mutanga is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education. He is also a Guest Research Fellow at the University of South Africa, a Guest Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway and an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission. His current research focuses on teacher education and inclusive education in Zimbabwe. His research foci are in Education, Disability and Health. Oliver was awarded a scholarship at the University of the Free State in South Africa to pursue doctoral studies (2013-2016). In 2015, he was awarded a CICOPS Fellowship by the University of Pavia, Italy. In 2017, he was awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oslo, Norway. Prior to his PhD research, Oliver worked as a Researcher in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.



The seminar is free to attend and open to all. Please register via Eventbrite here.


Room 780
UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way
London,WC1H 0AL

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