Professor Ruth Bridgstock is passionate about fostering ‘future capability’ in learners, teachers, educational institutions, and organisations. Her activities are centered on the question of how we can enable and develop capabilities for productive participation in the 21st century knowledge economy and society. Ruth engages in research and scholarship into the changing world of work and the social challenges we all face, capability needs, and approaches to learning in the digital age. She designs, develops and evaluates innovative curricula and professional learning programs for the development of these capabilities, and is also engaged in teacher capacity building and university transformation projects.
Ruth is Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and Australian National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0, which is concerned with how professionals and organisations can learn to use networks for innovation, career development, and learning. She is author of Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education (Edward Elgar, 2014), and Creative Graduate Pathways Within and Beyond the Creative Industries (Routledge, 2016).
As Dean Academic and Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of South Australia, Ruth provides learning and teaching leadership to the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences. In this role she seeks to foster a culture of strong learner, teacher and industry engagement and partnership. She has a commitment to enabling research-informed teaching, and vibrant collaborative and inclusive learning environments and experiences.
Dean: Academic & Professor of Learning and Teaching
University of South Australia