Karen Evans (PhD, FAcSS) is Emeritus Professor of Education at UCL Institute of Education. Formerly Chair in Education and Lifelong Lifelong Learning at UCL and Head of the School of Lifelong Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London she specialises in international and comparative studies of education and learning throughout the life course. She has led programmes of research in the UK Economic and Social Research Council LLAKES Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies between 2008 and 2016 and is now LLAKES Honorary Professor. Karen Evans’ main fields of research are learning in life and work transitions, and learning in and through the workplace. She has conducted many international, collaborative studies of learning and working life. Her books include How Non-permanent Workers Learn and Develop (2018);Youth and Work Transitions in Changing Social Landscapes (2013), Improving Literacy at Work (2011); Learning, Work and Social Responsibility (2009); Improving Workplace Learning (2006); Reconnection: Countering Social Exclusion through Situated Learning (2004);Working to Learn(2002); Learning and Work in the Risk Society(2000). She has co-edited the Sage Handbook of Workplace Learning (2011) and the Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (2012).
Karen Evans is currently Chair of the Asia-Europe Lifelong Learning Hub Research Network on work and learning. She is also Editor (with Andrew Brown) of the Springer Lifelong Learning Series and was previously joint editor of the journal COMPARE. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Honorary Professor at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia.