About me

I am holding a diploma degree (Dipl. Päd.) in educational science and a PhD (Dr. phil.) and work as a professor for migration and inclusion research at Klagenfurt University in Austria and as a certified diversity trainer. Previously, I was a professor ad interim for social pedagogy at the University of Trier, a research associate at the Institute of Education at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and a scholarship holder and doctoral candidate at the Research Center of Social and Cultural Studies Mainz (SOCUM). 

 

I am one of the editors of the book series "Einführung in die Soziale Arbeit" (Introduction to Social Work) published by Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, one of the editors-in-chief of the living reference work "Global Migration, Regionalization and Global Inequality" (Springer Nature United States), reviewer for scientific journals (such as Forum Qualitative Social Research FQS, Routledge Books, Palgrave Macmillan, Press INALCO, Papers of Social Pedagogy, The Annual Review of Social Work and Social Pedagogy in Austria, VS publisher, Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management), member of international advisory boards ("Springer Series in Social Work and Social Change" and "Springer Briefs in Social Work and Social Change"), member of the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Chair "Global Citizenship Education - Culture of Diversity and Peace" and was a co-editor of the international journal "Transnational Social Work - A Social Work Journal" (until 2018). Together with Anett Schmitz I am coordinating the working group "Refugee Migration, Agency and Vulnerability" in the German Network for Forced Migration Studies.

 

In university administration I am active as a member of appeals and curriculum committees and have gained experiences as a deputy equal opportunity representative and mid-level representative. At the University of Klagenfurt I am a member of the doctoral program "Education and Transformation".

 

Research, Teaching, Third Mission

My research and teaching focuses on inclusion, solidarity and diversity in migration society, inter- and transnational social work, pedagogical professionalism, transnational crisis and disaster research.

In my current research, I am concerned with processes of inclusion and exclusion in the lifeworlds of young refugees; professional working relationships between pedagogical professionals and young people and families with refugee experience; solidarity engagement and inclusion 'from below' in urban spaces; social work as disaster relief.

 

I am a Young Science Ambassador at the Agency for Education and Internationalization (OeAD) in Austria. The program supports cooperation between science and schools and enables pupils to interact with scientists. I like to publish research results in scientific journals as well as in public media. In summer 2021, I was invited to speak at the World Refugee Day in Klagenfurt (link to a radio report by Radio Agora). In 2020, I collaborated with Minor, Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH in Berlin, to actively support the participatory research project "Women's Science - Situations, Needs and Visions of Refugee Women", which was funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. 

Since May 2015, I have been active as a diversity & inclusion trainer and like to commit to an exchange between science, practice and civil society. Currently, I am cooperating with the association Kärnten andas and the rapper Mighty M. aka Himmeldach around the topic of solidarity.

Career stages

  • Since 03/2021: Professor for Migration and Inclusion Research, Working Unit "Transnational Migration and Solidarity Research", Institute of Education, Klagenfurt University, Austria
  • 07/2022: Habilitation, venia legendi "Erziehungswissenschaft" (Educational Science), title: "Inklusion und Fluchtmigration. Neue Narrative für die Soziale Arbeit" (Inclusion and Flight Migration. New Narratives for Social Work), title of habilitation lecture and colloquium: "Solidarität. Ein Schlüsselkonzept für die Soziale Arbeit" (Solidarity. A Key Concept for Social Work)
  • 07/2021 - 11/2021: Visiting professor, Department of Social Work, Kent University Istanbul, Turkey 
  • 06/2020 - 09/2020: Lecturer at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Innsbruck University, Austria 
  • 04/2020 - 03/2021: Research Associate, Institute of Education, Mainz University, Germany
  • 10/2018 - 03/2020: Professor ad Interim for Social Pedagogy (W3), Department of Educational Sciences, Trier University, Germany
  • 10/2018: Visiting lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Czech Republic
  • Since 05/2015: Diversity & Inclusion Trainer in continuing education and vocational training
  • 02/2015: PhD (Dr.in phil.), thesis "Migrant Businesses between Social Exclusion and Societal Incorpoation. A Qualitativ Emprical Study on Afro Hair Salons in Germany"
  • 10/2013 - 10/2014: Managing Director of the interdisciplinary study focus "EUROMIR - Social Dimension and Intercultural Aspects of European Migration", Mainz University, Germany
  • 03/2014 & 09-10/2017: Field research and study visit, University of Namibia (UNAM), Windhoek, Namibia
  • 04/2013 - 09/2018: Research Associate, Institute of Education, Mainz University, Germany
  • 11/2011: Field research and study visit, Kangnam University, Yongin, South Korea
  • 08/2010 - 03/2013: PhD student and scholarship holder at the interdisciplinary Research Center of Social and Cultural Studies Mainz (SOCUM), Mainz University, Germany  
  • 10/2003 - 11/2009: Study of educational science/pedagogy with a focus on social work with minor subjects in sociology and psychology, Trier University, Germany ("passed with distinction")

 


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