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Research Team

D.W. Livingstone
Meredith Lordan
Sandria Officer
K. V. Pankhurst
Marion Radsma
Milosh Raykov
Johanna Weststar
Olivia Wilson

Principal Investigator
Dr. David W. Livingstone

Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work
Head, Centre for the Study of Education and Work
Director, WALL Research Network
Professor, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies

 D. W. Livingstone is Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work and professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). He is director of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work at OISE/UT and leader of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research network on the Changing Nature of Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL) (see www.wallnetwork.ca). His recent books include: Working and Learning in the Information Age: A Canadian Perspective (Ottawa: CPRN, 2002); The Education-Jobs Gap: Underemployment or Economic Democracy (Garamond Press, 2004, 2nd edition); and Hidden Knowledge: Organized Labour in the Information Age (Garamond Press and Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) (with Peter Sawchuk); and The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work: Critical Perspectives (Sense Publishers, 2008) (with Peter Sawchuk and Kiran Mirchandani). Addresses: email: dwlivingstone@gmail.com; Phone/fax: 905 271-2755; Mail: D.W. Livingstone, SESE, OISE/UT, 252, Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ont. M5S 1V6.

 Meredith Lordan received her doctorate in 2008 from the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE/UT. Her doctoral research focuses on education as a human right within the United Nations. Meredith served as a teacher, curriculum leader, and, most recently, Co-coordinator of the Students at Risk: Learning Pathways and School, Community, and Global Connections Cohorts at OISE/UT, part of the Initial Teacher Education program. She is expanding her research of teachers’ work and learning to include youth at risk, global education, and new teacher mentoring. She may be contacted at mlordan@oise.utoronto.ca.

 Sandria Officer is a doctoral student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her research interests include disability, links between education, work and learning, policy-making, and social justice. Her current research focus is on the employment experiences of disabled teachers. She is a member of government sponsored and non-profit organization committees involved in social inclusion, employment, and disability.

 K. V. Pankhurst consultant to the Centre for Studies in Education and Work, has retired from a career combining appointments in universities, government departments and international institutions, and was for many years a senior official of the OECD. Recent articles include ”Education and Employment: Overview of Research and Policy Issues.” In Wallace, T., Murphy, N., Lépine, G., and Brown, D., Exploring New Directions in Essential Skills Research. Ottawa, ON: Public Policy Forum, 2005, 22-40 and “The Labour Process: Individual Learning, Work and Productivity.” Studies in Continuing Education, 28.1, March 2006 (with D.W. Livingstone).

 Marion Radsma is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE/UT. Her work career spans more than twenty-five years of varied work assignments with major Canadian corporations and includes a decade of experience as an independent consultant. In this current phase, she helps organizations enhance their employee development initiatives by identifying learning needs, building learning programs, and assessing program effectiveness. You can reach her at mradsma@sympatico.ca.

 Milosh Raykov is the main statistical research analyst for the Education-Job Matching Survey research, including the Changing Nature of Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL) project and the prior New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) project. He holds a graduate degree in the methodology of socio-psychological research and has contributed to several studies on the methodology of empirical research, and studies on work, labour organizations, and lifelong learning. Currently, his main research focus is on informal learning about workplace health and safety, and the impact of underemployment on workers’ health-related quality of life. His e-mail address is mmilosh@oise.utoronto.ca.

 Johanna Weststar is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University. She received her doctorate in 2007 from the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on workplace learning, qualification, and worker control. She has contributed to several labour studies publications. Johanna is currently extending her research of the IT industry to include the electronic games industry and new media.

 Olivia Wilson completed her B.A. and M.A. in sociology at the University of Toronto. Her M.A. thesis focused on the effect of economic changes on automotive workers and their families in a small town in Ontario. She completed her LL.B at the University of Ottawa and is interested in pursuing a career in public interest law.