Prof Joy Papier, PhD

Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Vocational, Adult and Continuing Education and Training (JOVACET)

Professor Joy Papier is the Director of the Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS) in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, South Africa. She has been active in education, policy and development for about 25 years, as a school-teacher, university lecturer, trainer, development worker and researcher.

She holds the degrees of M.Phil (University of the Western Cape), M.Ed. (Harvard Univ, USA) and PhD (Education Policy) from the University of Pretoria. Prof Papier’s research interests include TVET teacher education, TVET policy and development, vocational curricula, workplace and institutional cultures, youth unemployment, and education opportunities for youth and adults. 

She has published widely, presented at various conferences and seminars, participates in national task teams and is an external examiner for numerous postgraduate dissertations in the field of TVET and post-school studies.  Prof Papier is presently the South African National Research Chair in Post-School Studies: TVET, and has served as Co-Chair of the African Union Commission Expert Group on TVET as well as the World Bank’s Consultative Advisory Group on TVET. She was instrumental in establishing the Journal of Vocational, Adult and Continuing Education and Training (JOVACET) in 2017, of which she is Editor-in-Chief.

In 2011, Prof Papier was featured in the South African Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women for her achievements in education, and in 2020 was awarded the University of the Western Cape’s Women in Research award.