Conference Researching Work and Learning

The 13th Researching Work & Learning (RWL) International Conference Series, RWL13, will be held June 17-19th 2024 at Linköping University, Sweden.

Photo credit Emma Busk Winquist 

Welcome to the 13th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL13), which will be held from June 17-19, 2024 at Linköping University in Linköping, Campus US, Sweden. The conference theme is "Researching Work and Learning in Times of Change". The submission of abstracts is now open. For further information, please see the documents below.

The Researching Work & Learning (RWL) International Conference Series is the world's longest continuously running international research conference series in the field of workplace learning. It was initiated in 1999 by researchers at the University of Leeds (UK), and as of 2022, it has visited ten countries across five continents.

The conference series is organized by the RWL International Advisory Committee, which is composed of leading international scholars in the diverse field of workplace learning. For more information about the organization, please visit Researching Work and Learning International Conferences Series.

Keynote speakers

Eureta Rosenberg

Full professor and Research Chair in Environment and Sustainability Education at the Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University, South Africa
Keynote: Green transitions, skills development and evaluation: Insights from the South

Rebecca Ye

Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden
Keynote: The transformation of anticipatory governance in skilling regimes

Nick Hopwood

Professor of Professional Learning at the University of Technology Sydney, School of International Studies and Education and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, Department of Curriculum Studies
Keynote: Making learning, agency and praxis dangerous: escaping dualisms to unleash contribution and daring in the workplace

Niels Warring

Associate professor at Roskilde University, Denmark
Keynote: Precariousness – consequences of the new normal

Special issue in Studies in Continuing Education

The scholarly journal Studies in Continuing Education (SCE) will host a special issue for papers that were presented initially at RWL13.¨

Following the conference RWL13 and Studies in Continuing education invite you to revise your papers and submit them for consideration by SCE. The papers for the special issue should be submitted in the online system via the journals website. The submission must meet the requirements for submitting a paper to SCE. Papers for the special issue will go through the standard review process of SCE.

Best student paper award

RWL 13 will be hosting a Student Paper Award in cooperation with the scholarly journal Studies in Continuing Education. The purpose of the award is to recognize and draw attention to the outstanding contribution of graduate student research that is being conducted across work and learning spaces. The papers submitted for the student paper award will be judged by a team of reviewers drawn from the local program committee and the International Committee.

Studies in Continuing Education will offer a prize to the winner of the award. For further information, please see the call for papers and the submission guidelines.

Doctoral student pre-conference, June 16th

We are pleased to invite doctoral students to participate in a one-day pre-conference event on June 16, 2024. The pre-conference will focus on internalization and cultivating enduring research connections. The theme of the event is "Building research networks in the area of researching work and learning". Participation in the pre-conference is free of charge, and doctoral students will have the opportunity to engage in lectures presented by senior colleagues and participate in interactive workshops.

Social activity June 16th

We kindly extend an invitation to all participants of RWL13 to join us for a socialactivity on the evening of June 16th. This activity involves a visit to  charming village of Berg, located just outside Linköping. Throughout this activity, we will have the opportunity to explore Berg slussar, known for its remarkable lock staircase and captivating displays of boats being sluiced through the canal. Additionally, participants can choose to visit Vreta Kloster, a historic Cistercian nunnery from the 12th century or enjoy a scenic bike ride along the canal. Furthermore, options for visiting a local brewery, engaging in other outdoor activities will be available or enjoy good food at several restaurants and cafés with splendid views over the Göta Canal and Berg Locks. This social program offers conference attendees a unique opportunity to unwind and network in a beautiful setting while immersing themselves in the region's rich cultural heritage.

Previous conferences

For previous conferences please vist: Researching Work and Learning International Conferences Series

Call for papers

Submission guidelines

Important dates

October 1, 2023
Abstract submission deadline

January 15, 2024
Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2024
Full paper submission deadline 

Practical information

Travel information

Linköping can be reached by train, bus, car and flight. There are frequent train connections from Stockholm and Copenhagen, as well as connections from Oslo.

You can also take a train from Copenhagen Airport and Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

If you prefer to fly, there are flights to Linköping Airport or Stockholm Skavsta Airport in Nyköping, with bus or train connections to Linköping.

More information about how to reach Linköping


Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations. There are numerous hotels available in Linköping. The conference venue, LiU Campus US (University Hospital), is located only a short walk from some of the central hotels in Linköping such as:

More information about accommodation in Linköping can be found via this tourist information website: Visitlinkö


Questions about the conference, please send an email to: