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Expert lecture: Researching and reforming the professions — an international academic journey

SRC Boardroom, Conference Centre, Hatfield Campus
17:30 to 18:30
You are cordially invited to an expert lecture presented by Professor Mike Saks, Emeritus Professor at the University of Suffolk in the United Kingdom.

This address is part of the colloquium: 'A Southern African Dialogue on the Professions and Professional Work' organised by the Department of Sociology in conjunction with the Discipline of Human Resources Management (UKZN), and supported by the Faculty of Humanities (UP) and the International Sociology Association Research Committee on Professional Work.


Date: Monday, 18 September 2017

Time: 17:30 to 18:30

Venue: SRC Boardroom, Conference Centre, Hatfield Campus

RSVP by Thursday, 14 September at 11:00, to Rosa da Costa-Bezuidenhout, Tel: (012) 420 2330, email: [email protected]

Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Please RSVP for catering.


The presentation focuses on creating a better understanding of professions in various socio-political contexts, and in so doing, enhancing their operation through reform. These are also some of the main themes in the work of Professor Mike Saks on the social scientific study of professions in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, North America and Russia. The examples given are principally drawn from his empirical studies of health and social care, but the presentation also covers more general theoretical and methodological issues in the professions field. It will conclude with some reflections on research on the professions in South Africa.

About the presenter: Professor Mike Saks is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Suffolk (UK) and holds the position of Visiting Professor at a number of universities. He has a doctorate in Sociology from the London School of Economics, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Knowledge Exchange, the Research Council of Complementary Medicine and the Royal Society of Arts. Professor Saks has published extensively on health, professions, regulation and research methods. He has produced numerous high profile journal articles, as well as fifteen edited and single authored books, including Rethinking Professional Governance: International Directions in Health Care (2008), Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (2013), The Professions, State and the Market: Medicine in Britain, the United States and Russia (2015) and Professions and Metaphors: Understanding Professions in Society (2016). He has forthcoming books on Professions and Professional Service Firms: Private and Public Sector Enterprises in the Global Economy (2018) and Professional Health Regulation in the Public Interest: International Perspectives (2018). His work spans the social sciences, from politics and social policy to his base discipline of sociology.


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Contact: [email protected] / 012 420 2330