September 14, 2012
Dr. Melanie Walker is a prominent South African scholar who has been working as Professor of Higher Education Studies at the University of Nottingham in the UK, where she been Director of Postgraduate Students and a Director of Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences. She will join the University of the Free State in February 2012 as Senior University Professor in the Postgraduate School. She is currently Director of Research Training and a senior researcher in the EU-funded Marie Curie EDUWEL project, which includes senior researchers from eight European countries and 15 early-stage researchers.
With a long-standing commitment to social-justice research and equality practices, she is currently widely recognized internationally as leading in the application of the capability approach and human development to higher education policy and practice.