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Title: Senior Researcher at SLF
Hometown: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Qualification: PhD (UFS)
Email address: liezl.dick@livelihoods.org.za

 

Liezl has been trained in applied philosophy, and transformation in Higher Education spaces. For her PhD she completed an ethnographic study focusing on social cohesion in higher education, focusing on the implementation of racial integration policies at a female residential space at UFS.  Her research interests hence include social cohesion and rapid transformation in higher education, with a specific focus on socially just pedagogies and its entanglement with the affective dimensions of racialization. In her work she also explores the impact of rapid social transformation on educator subjectivities and pedagogical practices. In the context of the call for decolonization and transformation in the South African Higher Education spaces, her research is taking a closer look at the experiences and subjectivities of educators, and how their daily experiences are linked to their personal-professional identities and teaching practices. She employs ethnographic and narrative methodologies as well as arts-based research methods in her research. Her co-authored book (with Dr Marguerite Müller) Subjectivity and Social Change in Higher Education: A Collaborative Arts-Based Narrative, was published by Bloomsbury in 2021.