Prof. Mokong Mapadimeng

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 2433

Prof Mokong S. Mapadimeng is currently a Research Director in the Education and Skills Development research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council. Trained as an industrial or economic sociologist, Prof Mapadimeng?s research interests have expanded into related areas of sociological interest. His research interests are in the fields of the sociology of labour and industry, sociology of development (with specific interest in the role of culture, arts, youth and land in development).

Prof Mapadimeng has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Sociology) and a Masters degree in Industrial Sociology, all obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand. He went on to do a PhD degree in Industrial, Organizational and Labour Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a thesis entitled: Ubuntu/Botho: A Path to Improved Performance And Socio-Economic Development in post-apartheid South Africa ? Beyond Rhetoric.

Before joining the HSRC Prof Mapadimeng taught in several universities in South Africa, including the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) where he served as a lecturer in both the Department of Sociology and the Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies Programme. He later joined Northwest University as Associate Professor of Sociology, followed by a further move to his most recent employer, the University of Limpopo, where he served as a full Professor of Sociology. Prior to these, he served as Research Manager at the National Arts Council of South Africa and Senior Lecturer at UKZN.

Prof Mapadimeng has published numerous peer reviewed academic journal articles, book chapters, and research reports. He has also presented papers at both national and international conferences, including presenting a keynote address. He has co-edited two books. The first, (with Sultan Khan), Contemporary Social Issues in Africa?Cases in Gaborone, Kampala, and Durban (2010) and the second, (with T. Dwyer, M. Gorshkov, I. Modi and C. Li) Handbook of the Sociology of Youth in the BRICS countries (2018). Both books are products of international collaborative efforts with Southern scholars. He is the past president of the South African Sociological Association and recent past member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association.

Presently, Prof Mapadimeng is working on The Imprint of Education (TIE) project and the project that investigates the question of young people and the future of work. He will also participate in The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) project with specific focus on quality assurance in schools.