We invite researchers, PhD students, and policy-makers involved in substantive research focused on skill formation systems and the implications for industrial transformation and job creation for sustainable and inclusive economies, and a just transition to submit an abstract. 

Papers will be selected for presentation following a peer review. 

If your abstract is accepted, the submission of a full paper is a pre-condition for presenting at the conference. The paper should be between 2000 to 2500 words, exclusive of title, biographical notes, tables, figures and reference list.

We encourage paper presenters to reflect on the conference theme and address issues outlined in the descriptions below.

    • Factors shaping skill formation in LMICs; factors that enable vocational skills development programmes to support structural/industrial transformation and growth
    • Skills and jobs in the transition to environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economies
    • Transitions from learning to work in industry, taking into account productivity and environmental sustainability goals, including cleaner production and resource efficiency in enterprises; circular economy; greening of enterprises and transformation of process and workplaces
    • The digital economy, the gig economy, the internet of things and how it is transforming the world of work and skills formation
    • Social dialogue and the role of social partners
    • Complementarity of informal/non-formal TVET provision with formal provision; TVET for the formal economy and informal economy
    • Stimulating local economic development through green enterprise development
    • Relationships, institutions, and the role of the state
    • Governance, financing and regulation of skills systems.

Abstract Submission  

  • Extended abstracts must not exceed 800 words. 
  • Abstract proposals must be made using the conference online submission system and not via email. No email submissions will be accepted. Should you require assistance to upload your abstract submission online please do not hesitate to contact us. 
  • Every abstract will undergo a peer review, within two weeks after the abstract submission deadline.
  • Criteria for paper selection include:

    • conceptual and theoretical framework and research literature engaged with;
    • clarity of the research question(s) to be explored or problems to be solved;
    • methodology;
    • findings, analysis and insights.
  • Results of the abstract review will be sent to the primary author by 30 March 2023.
  • If revisions are required according to the reviewer comments, the revised abstract must be sent back within one week.
  • Only fully registered participants who have submitted their 2000 to 2500 word paper by 24 April 2023, will be put on the programme.