IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


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

06 June 2019, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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As part of the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) seminar series, Dr Mutanga presents on the central themes in his forthcoming book.

Event Information

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Room 537
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

'Students with disabilities and the transition to work: A capabilities approach' (London and New York: Routledge) 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.

In this book, Dr Mutanga proposes 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. The book makes 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 countries in the Global North and South, and particularly in terms of remedial courses of action that bring social justice to people with disabilities.

This 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.


This seminar is free and open for all to attend, but pre-booking is required. Register via the link above.

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About the Speaker

Dr Oliver Mutanga

Dr Oliver Mutanga is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). 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.