Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center to join WSG
Dr Liv Tørres, Executive Director of Nobel Peace Center, has been appointed as a Visiting Adjunct Professor at WSG
Dr Liv Tørres, Executive Director of Nobel Peace Center, has been appointed as a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Wits School of Governance (WSG), bringing years of expertise in the development and humanitarian sectors.
Tørres has a special relationship with South Africa and Wits University. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo, where she wrote her thesis on the political impact of South African trade unions.
Tørres has lived in South Africa for long periods and was connected to the University of Cape Town and Wits University in the 1980s and 1990s. In the late 1990s she set up and ran the research Center for Applied Social Studies, Fafo, in Johannesburg. She has been closely following the developments in the country ever since and next week she will be speaking at the Annual Labour Law Conference in Johannesburg.
Her professoriate will comprise approximately two teaching weeks per year face to face, publishing research papers and supervising students.
“Her combination of academic merits and experience from the humanitarian, security and political sector will make her an extraordinary resource for our students”, says Professor David Everatt, Head of WSG.
“I believe Professor Tørres will provide our students with a set of powerful global perspectives on a wide range of issues and add significantly to the quality of teaching and supervision provided by our School, the leading school of governance on the continent,” he adds.
Tørres says the WSG is acknowledged internationally for its high academic standards and commitment to social justice.
“I am honoured and thrilled to be able to contribute to this renowned institution. I look forward to discussing issues concerning governance, conflict-resolution and social dialogue with motivated, politically conscious and highly qualified students,” she says.