Prof Karl von Holdt is Director of the Society Work and Development Institute at Wits University. He has been involved with the trade union movement for over two decades, most notably as editor of the South African Labour Bulletin and as co-ordinator of COSATU’s September Commission on the Future of the Unions, and as a senior researcher at COSATU’s policy Institute, NALEDI.
Karl von Holdt was a member of the Board of the SA Post Office (1997-2003) and has worked on hospital transformation at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. He is the author of Transition from Below: Forging Trade Unionism and Workplace Change in South Africa (UKZN Press, 2003), co-author of Conversations with Bourdieu: The Johannesburg Moment (with Michael Burawoy, forthcoming) and co-edited (with Eddie Webster) Beyond the apartheid workplace: studies in transition (UKZN Press 2005). Current research focuses include social cohesion, social fragmentation, health systems, collective violence, and the state.