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Judy Backhouse is an author of informative, practical books to help people craft good work lives. She draws on varied experience in academia, professional practice, business, teaching and management to make things simple and accessible.
Judy is a career nomad. She started out training as a Mathematician, but dropped out of a PhD in Mathematics to pursue a career in Information Technology, working first in technical roles, and then in management. She returned to academia as Head of the School of Information Technology at Monash South Africa. More recently she worked in the Department of Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand, including a stint as Head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences. She has also worked in the public sector as the Director responsible for monitoring the South African higher education system and advice to the Minister of Higher Education at the South African Council on Higher Education.
She completed her PhD on doctoral education and for five years convened a PhD program in Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She has processed many PhD applications, interviewed many candidates, taught classes to PhD students, sat on panels to review proposals, listened to tales of woe and triumph from doctoral candidates, examined many PhD theses and attended numerous happy graduations.
Judy lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.