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Growing up in Trier, Germany's oldest city in the border region to France, Luxembourg and Belgium, I became interested early on in living together under conditions of diversity and the question of how inclusion can be shaped in moving and pluralized societies. I have turned this question into my profession.
My main areas in research, teaching and further education are:
At the University of Klagenfurt in Austria, I am employed as a professor for migration and inclusion research. Previously, I was a professor ad interim in the field of social work at the University of Trier and a research associate at the University of Mainz in Germany. My activities as a researcher and lecturer have also taken me to the Universities of Innsbruck (Austria), to Kent University in Istanbul (Turkey), the University of Olomouc (Czechia) and to Kangnam University in Yongin (South Korea).
In the course of my academic work, I cooperate closely with social services, educational institutions, and civil society alliances.
In my diversity & inclusion trainings I experience the interlocking of science and practice as an enormous enrichment.
You are cordially invited to participate in the digital lecture series. Link to online participation.
Since February 24, 2022, with the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, we have been experiencing a previously unimaginable increase of the "catastrophic" in our time. Climate change and the still rampant pandemic are now joined by yet another war. This war once again shows the fragility of our globalized world and the interdependencies within it. The diversity of problems in this globalized world is once again apparent, as if in a burning glass: Dependencies on oil, gas, coal; supply chain and supply problems. Social and global inequality will become more entrenched and the vulnerable, as in climate change and the pandemic, are the "losers".
Many questions arise in light of this, including:
As a human rights profession, social work must take a position and at the same time see itself as an actor in peacebuilding and conceptualize a notion of peace. In doing so, it can and must draw on diverse international experiences in the context of "peacebuilding", in which it has been involved as a profession for a long time.
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