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Dr Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and a National Teaching Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. After a career in garment manufacturing, he has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer in the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work and has published widely in fields of learning of occupations, workplace learning, work and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes. His sole authored books include Learning through work: Strategies for effective practice (Allen and Unwin 2001); Work, change and workers (Springer 2006) Vocational Education (Springer 2011) and Mimetic learning at Work (2014) and Integrating Practice-based Learning in Higher Education Programs (Springer 2015). His edited books include Work, Subjectivity and Learning (Springer, 2006) Emerging Perspectives of Work and Learning (Sense 2008), Learning through practice (Springer 2010), Promoting professional learning (Springer 2011), Experiences of school transitions (Springer 2012), Promoting, assessing, recognizing and certifying Lifelong Learning (Springer 2014), Francophone conceptions of Learning through practice (Springer 2015), Supporting learning across working life: Models, processes and practices (Springer 2016) , Enhancing Teaching and Learning in the Dutch Vocational Education System (Springer 2017), Augmenting health and social care students’ clinical learning experiences: Outcomes and processes (Springer 2019) and Billett, S., Orrell, J., Jackson, D., & Valencia-Forrester, F (eds) Enriching Higher Education Students’ Learning through Post-work placement Interventions (Springer, 2020 in production). He has prepared reports for UNESCO, UNESCO-UNEVOC, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore, Institute for Adult Learning (Singapore), Canadian government, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Carrick Institute, Office of Learning and Teaching, Department of Innovation, Science and Higher Education, National Staff Development Committee for VET, Victorian and Queensland state governments and a range of private sector organisations. He has been invited to give keynote or plenary talk on over 70 occasions across countries in Europe, Scandinavia, North America and South East Asia. He is the founding and Editor in Chief of Vocations and learning: Studies in vocational and professional education (Springer) and lead editor of the book series Professional and practice-based learning (Springer) the International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning (2014) with colleagues from Germany. He was a Fulbright Professional Scholar in 1999, awarded a 2009-2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship that identified principles and practices to effectively integrate learning experiences in practice and academic settings. His four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2015-2018) on learning through practice identified a curriculum and pedagogy of practice, and his Office of Learning and Teaching Development national grant (2015-2018) examined higher education students’ post-practicum experiences. In August 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Jyvasksla University (Finland) for his contributions to educational science and elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia in 2015. He has also been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford University in 2019. In October 2020, he will be awarded his second honorary doctorate by the University of Geneva. He currently leads research projects in Australia, Norway and Singapore on learning across working life, confronting changes in working life, supporting adults learning across working life and the status and standing of occupations and provisions of tertiary education.


  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Educational Research2007


  • Diploma of Teaching (TAFE)
    Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Brisbane, Australia1 Jan 1982 - 1 Jan 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts,
    University of Queensland, 1987, Brisbane, Australia1 Jan 1985 - 1 Jan 1987
  • Master of Educational Studies
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia1 Jan 1988 - 1 Jan 1990
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia1992 - 1995
  • Doctors honoris causa
    University of Jyvaskala, Jyvaskala, Finland2013 - 2013