I am holding a diploma degree (Dipl. Päd.) in educational science, a PhD (Dr. phil.) and the venia legendi "Educational Science" (habil.) 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, reviewer for scientific journals (such as Forum Qualitative Social Research FQS, Routledge Books, Palgrave Macmillan, Zeitschrift für Migrationsforschung, Press INALCO, Papers of Social Pedagogy, The Annual Review of Social Work and Social Pedagogy in Austria, VS publisher, transcript 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".
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, the Persian music group Solband, multi media artist and cultural worker Barbara Ambrusch-Rapp, and the rapper Mighty M. aka Himmeldach around the topic of solidarity.