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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 Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, I am employed as a professor for ecosocial work and care. Previously, I was a professor for migration and inclusion research at the University of Klagenfurt, 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 University of Innsbruck (Austria), to Kent University in Istanbul (Türkyie), the University of Olomouc (Czech Republic) and to Kangnam University in Yongin (South Korea).
In my diversity & inclusion trainings I experience the interlocking of science and practice as an enormous enrichment.
My habilitation was published in 2024. In this book, I connect debates on inclusion, forced migration, and social work, and outline considerations for a comprehensive societal inclusion program. The book delineates a heterogeneity-theoretical, power-critical, and relational understanding of inclusion and usesthis approach in empirical analyses. This approach cannot be reduced to a narrow view of forced migration. It unfolds a critically reflective research and field of action that deals with the normality of human movements without trivializing experienced suffering and social inequalities—towards an inclusive, solidary, convivial society.
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Historically and to the present day, social work has been closely intertwined with social movements, both as allies and in opposition to them. This engagement finds its expression in conventions (human rights), cooperation (world conferences) and coalitions (NGOs). This textbook offers an insight into the connections between social movements and social work from an international perspective, teaching their historical and theoretical foundations and illustrating them in a practical way with case studies from around the world. It aims to bring the perspectives of a ‘global social work profession and discipline’, and thus the international and political dimensions of social work, back to the forefront of the discipline.
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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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