Keynotes at the conference “Transitions, career learning and career management skills. Multi-disciplinary and critical perspectives”, October 19-20, 2017, Stockholm University

The Keynotes are open to the public.

October 19th 13.30 -13.45. Introduction by Professor Lisbeth Lundahl,
Umeå University and leader of the Swedish research network ”Career Development and Career Guidance” (KAV – Karriärutveckling och karriärvägledning).

Lisbeth Lundahl is professor at the department of Applied Educational Science at Umeå University, Sweden, and one of the team leaders of the Nordic Centre ‘Social Justice through Education’ (JustEd). Her research interests concern education politics, youth politics and young people´s school-to-work transitions. Lisbeth Lundahl has engaged in international research and debate on education policies during the last decades, e.g. as the Secretary General of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) in 2006-2008. She is one of the founders of the Swedish Educational Research Association (SWERA). 



October 19th 13.45 -14.30. Professor Ronald G. Sultana
Keynote title: ”Learning about or learning for work? Beyond career management skills”

Ronald G. Sultana studied career guidance at the University of Reading (UK), and researched career education and transition-to-work issues at the Universities of Waikato (New Zealand), and Stanford (USA), where he was a Fulbright Fellow. He is professor of sociology and comparative education at the University of Malta, where he directs the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research. He has participated as a consulting expert in several international reviews of career guidance, including those led by the European Training Foundation and CEDEFOP. His most recent research has focused on comparative analyses of career guidance across Europe, and in the Middle East and North Africa region, and he uses a range of theoretical lenses to consider the impact of neo-liberalism and globalization on life trajectories in different contexts. Professor Sultana is a Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education & Counselling (NICEC-UK). He has served as consulting expert to the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, as well as on the editorial board of several journals, including the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, and the Journal of Education and Work. A list of his publications is available at: Email:

October 20th 09.00-09-45. Professor Kristiina Brunila
Keynote title: The wheel of (mis)fortune. Transitions and youth training in an era of multiple crises

Kristiina Brunila is a professor (tenure track) of social justice and equality in education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She leads the AGORA for the study of social justice and equality –research centre and is a founding member of the Nordic Centre of Excellence: Justice through Education in the Nordic Countries. With her research group she provides new openings, theorisations and critical analysis of sociology and politics of education as well as cultural and feminist studies. Themes such as youth transitions, neoliberalism, marketisation, knowledge capitalism, governance, social exclusion, societal differences, discrimination and inequalities have been the focus of her publications

October 20th 13.00-13.45. Professor William A. Borgen.
Keynote title: Cultural Infusions and Shifting Sands: How Indigenous and Immigrant Youth Make Career Decisions

Dr. Borgen has conducted research and has developed programs regarding life transitions and career development for several years. His work has been translated and adapted for use in Bhutan, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, and Sweden. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Umeå in Sweden for his leadership in the development of counsellor education in Sweden.  Dr. Borgen was the President of the International Association for Counselling from 1998 – 2006.  He is currently a member of the Executive Council of IAC and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance. In 2011 he received the Stu Conger Award for leadership in career development in Canada. A list of his publications is available at:


The Swedish research network ”Career Development and Career Guidance” (KAV – Karriärutveckling och karriärvägledning).