interest & work

current work

  • Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institue for Social Pedagogy and Organisation Studies, University of Hildesheim



research methods | SNA (social network analysis) – esp. ego-centered and qualitative approaches |  transnational social work | migration and mobility | youth

Current projects

  • Soziale Kontake & Corona (3/2020-)
  • Schutznorm: Schutzkonzepte in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit (5/2019-)
  • Care leaving statistics (10/2018-)
  • Interplay of geographical distance and network context in understanding reciprocity in social support in familial relationships, together with Gil Viry (University of Edinburgh) (2017-)
  • Positioning in transnational educational settings, togehter with Lena Laube (FIW Bonn) (2016-)
  • Qualitative Structural Analysis, together with Luisa Peters and Inga Truschkat (University of Hildesheim) (since 2012 – ).

Past research projects

  • MOVE “Mapping mobility – pathways, institutions and structural effects of youth mobility in Europe (MOVE)” (2016-2018)
  • Social support structures in emergency (more information here). (2017-2018)
  • Ego-centered network data analysis in R: R package egor for importing and analysing ego-centered network data, together with Till Krenz (University of Magdeburg) and Raffaele Vacca (University of Florida) (since 2014 – 2018).
  • Study conditions and professional success of alumni of the Institute of Social Pedagogy and Organisation Studies (“SOPAS II: Sozial- und OrganisationsPädagogik AbsolventInnenStudie 2017”) (University of Hildesheim), together with Svea Korff (2017-2018).
  • Engagement of social work scholars in social policy in Germany. Project is part of an international comparision (more information here), together with Stefan Köngeter (University of Trier) (2014-2015).
  • Explaining variation in personal network data from standardized surveys (GGSS 2010) along interviewer AND other effects, together with Sören Petermann (GESIS/ Cologne) (since 2014-2016).
  • Postdoctoral researcher in the research training group “Transnational social support” at the University of Hildesheim (5/2013-3.2016).
  • Network and organisation structures of “Transferträger”. RegioTrans – Regionale Vernetzung von Transferträgern, University of Hildesheim, together with Luisa Peters and Inga Truschkat (4/2012- 4/2013)
  • PhD project: Structures of transnational social support – an ego-centered network analysis of personal communities in context of migration (page of research training group); (2008-2012); Find a paper-version of the online-quesionnaire developed and used in the Phd project here.
  • Project on equal opportunities in structured doctoral support in Germany, University of Hildesheim (6/2011-3/2012).
  • Study conditions and professional success of alumni of the Institute of Social Pedagogy and Organisation Studies (“Sozial- und OrganisationsPädagogik AbsolventInnenStudie 2011”) (University of Hildesheim) (more information here), together with Svea Korff (2011/2012).

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