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Distinguished Reserach Professor, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

Edward Webster is a Distinguished Research Professor, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies. He is the founder of the the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand and directed it for twenty four years. He is the author of seven books and over one hundred academic articles as well as numerous research reports. Among his publications is Grounding Globalisation: Labour in the Age of Insecurity, written with Rob Lambert and Andries Bezuidenhout. Winner of the 2008 Distinguished Scholarly Monograph Prize, awarded by the American Sociological Association Labor and Labor Movements Section.He recently published a co-edited volume on Inequality Studies from the Global South. He is currently completing a manuscript on Work and Inequality in the digital Age ; A southern perspective on the Future of labour. He holds a BA (Hons) (Rhodes), an MA (Oxon),a BPhil (York) and PhD (Wits). Webster has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Rhodes University and the University of the Witwatersrand.


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    Edward Webster is Professor Emeritus in the Society, Work and Development Institute , University of the Witwatersrand