The 13th Researching Work & Learning (RWL) International Conference Series, RWL13, will be held June 17-19th 2024 at Linköping University, Sweden.
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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". Please note that the Call for Papers deadline has been extended to 22 October 2023!

For further information about submission, 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 social activity 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


Preliminary schedule for doctoral pre-conference 16th June

The pre-conference for doctoral students will have two parts. The first part will have senior colleagues leading activities, and the second part will be a workshop by and with doctoral students.

The pre-conference will take place at Campus US, Linköping, which is also where the main conference will be. Please note that the schedule is preliminary and that the times might change.

Metting up outside the venue

Seminar led by Staffan Larsson, Professor emeritus, Linköping University: Invisible colleges and the economy of publication

Coffee break

Lecture and discussion led by Erik Nylander, Senior Associate Professor, Linköping University: Navigating the research field of adult education and learning

Workshop led by Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Professor, Linköping University: Networks and networking as doctoral student


Workshop – to be announced

End of pre-conference

Please note that all the times are in CET.

Preliminary schedule for RWL13 conference

Please be aware that the schedule may vary and the times are only approximate.

The conference will be held at Linköping Campus US, Building 511.

17 June


Welcome and Keynote I

Coffee break

Parallel session I


Parallel session II

Coffee break

Parallel session III

18 June


Keynote II

Coffee break & Poster session

Parallel session IV


Parallel session V

Parallel session VI

Coffee break

Keynote III

Conference Dinner - Hotel Ekoxen

19 June

Keynote IV

Coffee break

Parallel session VII


Parallel session VIII

Discussion followed by closing ceremony

Call for papers

Submission guidelines

Important dates

October 22, 2023
Extended abstract submission deadline

January 15, 2024
Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2024
Full paper submission deadline 

April 15, 2024
Presenter registration deadline 

May 15, 2024
Participant registration 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:



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Work and working life research group

Factors contributing to sustainable workplaces and working life are in focus in our research. Examples of such factors are learning, competence development, innovation and leadership.

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Division of Education and Adult Learning (PVL)

The division is one of the world’s most prominent university settings in the area of adult learning and hosts Sweden’s only Folk High School Teacher Training. Our research focuses on adult education as well as on vocational education.

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Division of Education and Sociology (APS)

Sustainable work and working life is the focus of the division’s research and education covering both pedagogy and sociology. Current research projects concern learning, leadership, equality, health and working conditions.

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Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning (IBL)

Human behaviour and learning is the focus for education and research at the department. We educate students and scientists that are well equipped to meet future challenges in society and working life.

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Division of Society and Health (SH)

We are an interdisciplinary division with research and education in several subject areas. The division consist of two units, Health Care Analysis and Public Health Science, and includes the Master´s programme in Medical Science.

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Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences (HMV)

The research areas at HMV include experimental basic research to clinical, social and public health research. We conduct high-quality education in the sought-after care professions.