Wayne Hugo


  • Prof Wayne Hugo lectures and researches in the school of Education and development. He has published four books (Ladders of Beauty, Cracking the Code to Educational Analysis, Conceptual Integration (ed), and Boundaries of the Educational Imagination). He is involved in a multimillion project uplifting teaching in community and TVET colleges

Degrees Held

  • BA ed Bed Med Phd


  • 2008 – 2010: Head of School (Education and Development) University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2009: Associate Professor (Education and Development) University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2006: Senior Lecturer (Education and Development) University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2003: Lecturer (Education and Development) University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 1995: Senior Lecturer (Education Studies) Johannesburg College of Education
  • 1991: Head of Department (History, Life Orientation, Business Economics). Sandown High School

Research Interests

  • Education and development
  • Comparative Education
  • Theorising education

Teaching Interests

  • Education and development
  • Comparative Education
  • Theorising education


  • Phd graduates:  Carol Bertram, Sagree Govender, Cindy Ramhurry, Ted Sommerville, Adrienne Watson, Aradhna Arbee (joint supervisor with Carol Thomson), Craig Blewett, Vanessa Singh, Carmel Chetty (with Nithi Muthukrishna), Melanie Martin (with Nithi Muthukrishna).
  • Masters graduates: Miranda Naidoo, Morgandran Govender, Sifiso Siegfried, Vedaste Nylimana, Cathy Johnson, Pam De Jager, Mitch Clark, Brenda Davey, Thabile Chamane, Antoinetter Harding, B Mkhonto, N Nxumalo 




Research Record

Grants, Consultation, and Research Projects

  • Development Grant to develop Advanced Diploma for Technical and Vocational Training Lecturers (2017)
  • 2016 – 2017 Curriculum consultant and Writer for SANTS
  • 2015 – 2017 Academic consultant EducorAfrica
  •  Reviewed the Bojanala Systemic School Intervention Project 2009, 2010 for Joint Education Trust
  • Provincial treasury report on quality of education in KwaZulu-Natal (2008-2011): Joint director with Volker Wedekind
  • Gender, Education and Global Poverty Reduction Initiatives (2009-2011): Expert advisor
  • Institutional Initiatives to Enhance Participation, Access, Retention and Success in African Higher Education: A Multi-Country Study on Good Practice to Inform Policy (2010-2011): Steering committee member
  • International Association for Advancement of Curriculum Studies (2008-11): Research report on South African Curriculum Studies and respondent
  • NRF Further Education and Training Research Project (2005-8): Director

Invited Talks

  • 2015 (October) Keynote. Consuming our children – the future of education. 25th anniversary of the Murray and Roberts Chair in Environmental education, Rhodes University
  • 2015 (June) Keynote. The work of pedagogy – how metaphor, metonymy, abstraction and densification are used in teaching. LCT Colloquium, Cape Town.
  • 2014 (June) Keynote. How to theorise education. Phd conference, Wits University
  • 2014 (February) Invited address. Devices of the pedagogic imagination, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town
  • 2013 (October). Keynote. The rigours of the pedagogic imagination. Phd conference on Knowledge and the Curriculum, Rhodes University
  • 2012. Plenary. Specialised knowledge and professional judgement in teacher education: an address to teacher educators in South Africa. Teacher education conference, University of Pretoria
  • 2012. Keynote. Escaping the shadows with Bernstein, Bourdieu, Boltanski and Latour. IAACS, Rio de Janeiro

Community Involvement

  • Write for newspapers
  • Do presentations for schools and other institutions