Through constant quality assurance and evaluation of our program with our students, graduates and lecturers, the curriculum is both programmed to provide a profund theoretical-methodological focus on research towards the application of practical skills, and to suit professional perspectives on the job market.


The modules are organized in blocks as our lecturers are not all based in Berlin but come from our internationally renowned partner universities in Sweden, Scotland and Slovenia.

In the first two semesters, our program consists of two weeks classroom teaching and two weeks virtual blended e-learning. Following the third semester, students can choose between different elective compulsory classes from the B and C modules that are held in one week in class teaching and one week e-facilitated teaching.

The fourth semester is dedicated to the conceptualization and realization of a practical or research-based project linked to the issue of social work and human rights, as well as to the elaboration of the master's thesis.

Upon request and if advisable from an academic point of view, the Master thesis can also be postponed to a fifth semester. In either case, the research and writing of the final thesis will be completed over a period of one semester. 


These modules are compulsory for all students.

A - Social Work and Human Rights (15 ECTS) 

The integration of human rights as a regulative idea in the discipline and profession of social work:

  • the history of social work and human rights in theory, international documents, and practice
  • pioneers and key contributors to the theory and praxis of social work worldwide
  • the triple mandate of social work
  • philosophical foundations: human dignity, human rights and social justice as core dimensions of social work
  • social rights and social policy
  • the identification and analysis of human rights violations
  • normative (ethical) perspectives on social work
  • action guidelines and methods of social work for the implementation of human rights  

A - International Law: A Social Work Perspective (15 ECTS) 

This module is concerned with the significance of international law for social work both on national and international level. In this context the question is raised how social work is affected when conflicts and violations are discussed in terms of human rights. Critical issues including vulnerable groups and relations between the Global North/Minority World and Global South/Majority World, globalization and the legitimacy of the United Nations and other international legal institutions are studied from a socio-legal perspective. The course also examines the theories, the UN mechanisms and institutionalized practices of human rights and the significance of human rights politics for the structure of social work on a national and international level. The aim is to be able to contextualize, analyze, evaluate, and apply various concepts of human rights. The concepts of international law, its legitimacy, subjects, and sources as well as selected aspects of enforcement of human rights protection under international law essential for vulnerable groups will be addressed. 

A - Global Social Work (15 ECTS) 

The main thematic fields to be discussed include:

  • global policy issues: the globalization of social justice, of democracy, social policy and the role of human rights for and in these debates;
  • power structures and actors in world society
  • globalization of progressive social movements – especially human rights informed movements
  • global environmental justice
  • the role of Europe and Europe-originated ideologies within world society, European colonialism and Eurocentrism.  

A - Critical Social Science Research (15 ECTS) 

The course covers different qualitative and quantitative social science research methods, as well as mixed method approaches. It addresses the key dimensions of research design, research ethics, critical research thinking, and the use of the comparative approaches in social sciences within the international setting.

Unit I: Qualitative Research Methods

  • Research design, conceptual mapping and grounded theory
  • Data collection and analysis through interviews, focus groups, and case studies 
  • Action research, Participatory action research 
  • Ethnography and ethnographic methods, text analysis fieldwork, field notes, writing diary, visual methodologies
  • Evaluation in social sciences and the use of mixed methods
  • Doing historical research in social work
  • Ethical considerations; doing research with people in vulnerable contexts
  • Intersectional, postcolonial, ecological, feminist, poststructural perspectives in interpreting research data.

Unit II: Quantitative Research Methods 

  • quantitative data collection methods: quantitative research designs, secondary data analysis; mixed methods
  • quality in quantitative data
  • descriptive and inference statistics
  • quantitative analysis methods: significance tests, predictive statistics (regression models), classifying statistics (cluster analysis and factor analysis) 

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Students select a minimum of two out of five offered modules.

B - Health and Human Rights in Social Work (7.5 ECTS)

This module discusses health as an issue of social inequalities and utilizes an intersectional perspective to show how inequalities get reflected in the health of individuals, groups, and communities. Apart from analysing and comparing the violation of health rights in different countries and social contexts as well as some ethical considerations, the course outlines strategies of successful access to the right to health. Social work is assigned to play an important role in the process of access to the right to health, health service delivery or health related social policies. The role of social workers as advocates, mobilisers of communities and social workers’ interventions as counsellors of the traumatized will be examined and highlighted. Fundamental concepts related to health and social inequalities such as resilience, recovery, and the life course perspective will be contextualized and discussed from a global perspective. Human rights are relevant to many health issues, like access to information and education on health, drugs and harm reduction, immunization, sexual and reproductive health, mental health etc. Particular attention will be paid to the health of marginalized and vulnerable groups, especially in the context of environmental disasters and environmental justice.

B - Migration and Racism (7.5 ECTS) 

The prioritisation of immigration in the political agenda of many governments and international organizations worldwide has yielded the adoption of social policies, laws and practices that are at odds with the ethical and universal premise of human rights. In theory, international and regional human rights instruments confer rights on all human beings, including migrants. Yet, human rights regimes continue to struggle to extend protections to migrants. Tensions, at times acute, exist between human rights protection and the exercise of the state’s right to control immigration. Engaging with these tensions provides students with a valuable insight into the relationship between human right and social work in relation to migrants, especially those with a precarious immigration status, and understand the role that human rights can play in shaping social work services and practice as well as its limitations. 

Racism and other forms of discrimination and human rights violations shape the everyday lives of users of social work services in a variety of ways. It is thus critical that social workers gain an understanding of the discrimination and marginalisation processes within society that lead to racism if they are to identify and respond to different articulations of racist practices. The module provides students with an analytical framework to investigate the mechanisms of racism and ways of intervening against racism as well as examine how racism manifests itself in social work.

B - Economic Justice, Empowerment and Resilience (7.5 ECTS) 

Faced with unceasing socio-economic inequalities both within and across countries, exacerbated by daunting projections of ecological crisis and the rise of anti-democratic regimes all around the world, it is timely to question some of the core political economy premises of our times and to explore how individuals and communities can actively contribute to economic justice, empowerment, and resilience. The course addresses critical questions, such as what it means:

  • to be (formally) equal amidst steep material inequalities, poverty and social exclusion
  • to experience the economy as a sphere where people have little influence but bear large costs
  • to maintain a standard of living at the expense of others (both human and non-human)

The course aims at critically rethinking our understanding of the economy as dominated by market forces, private property, the state and capitalist corporations. It explores how the recognition and valuing diverse economic practices, subjects, spaces, and trajectories based on the principles of commons and solidarity economies can enhance community economic empowerment, ecological resilience, equity and well-being from the local to the global level. 

B - Gender and Human Rights (7.5 ECTS)

The module will give a global and a comparative perspective on gender and diversity as human rights issues and will analyze them within the framework of social work and social policy discipline. Topics include:

  • gender, sexuality, intersectionality, queer and transgender theories from a historic perspective;
  • commonalities and differences in ideas and movements in feminisms, women’s struggles, LGBTI+ activism advocacy (also via diverse authors, pioneers, and advocates);
  • Theories of gendered violence, the role of social norms; social policies, social work responses and social movement struggles;
  • reproductive rights of women and transgender people;
  • confluent love, LGBTI+ families, social parenthood;
  • gender inequalities in the area of paid and unpaid work; global chains of care work; 
  • the effects of gendered inequalities on health and mental health
  • women on the margin: disability people’s movement and the voices of women, gender and disability
  • the ethics of care and social policies;
  • feminist leadership and social activism. 

B - Children’s Rights (7.5 ECTS) 

The module is concerned with the significance of children’s rights for social work practice from a global perspective. The module covers:

  • a short history of the development of the UNCR emphasizing children as right holders and adults/ professionals/ organizations and governments as duty bearers; It will consider whether the CRC is a ‘western’ construct (despite universal approval), and the challenge posed to notions of individual children’s rights by tradition, culture and religion.
  • philosophical discourses on rights and childhood including protectionists and liberationist notions of childhood and engaging students in discussion on empowerment and participation versus vulnerability, protection. This should also include a debate on rights versus responsibilities taking into consideration cultural contexts and environment; 
  • global perspectives on children’s full and meaningful participation including good practice examples and constraints/challenges; students will engage with specific social work examples of ‘moral dilemmas’ where they have to decide between cultural norms or adherence to universal rights
  • the magnitude of violence against children within a global context and prevention of violence
  • the relevance of the provision, participation and protection and the key principles of the UNCRC for social work decision making; challenges of children’s rights versus parental/adult and community rights and authority.  

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Students select a minimum of two out of four offered modules.

C - Human Rights Education (7.5 ECTS)

Human rights education is one of the most important instruments for developing a hands-on perspective on human rights, i.e., to point out their relevance for the everyday life of individuals in general, and of vulnerable groups in particular. Typical settings for human rights education include schools, adult education, and informal education. Starting with the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 and the UN Decade for Human Rights Education, occupations and professions are also being addressed both with regard to the practical implementation of human rights and to human rights education in their fields of action. 

C - Critical Approaches to Human Rights Practice in Social Work (7.5 ECTS) 

This course critically discusses the entanglements of Human Rights and Social Work in a global setting. The focus is on genderrelated social work, development and migration. With case studies from around the world, discourses, legislations and institutions that promote and secure human rights in national settings are examined in relation to colonial relations and global power inequalities. While introducing theoretical interventions, the course also offers students a large number and variety of examples to engage with.

C - Human Rights in the Context of Organisational Development/Innovation (7.5 ECTS)

This is an evolving module and based on co-design, i.e. students play an active part in shaping it. Guided by lecturers, students apply theoretical knowledge from the realms of organizational theory and new institutionalism and reflect on the process of the team-building and intervention itself. The students, as a group, work on a form of practical intervention with regard to an organization and/or social workers interested in introducing a human rights based approach into their own practice. Apart from contact with practitioners students will also practice and improve professional skills such as project management, presenting, communicating and team working.

C - Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies (7.5 ECTS)

Social workers are increasingly dealing with service users who do not have the “right to have rights” (Hannah Arendt). Advocacy for social change through methods such as lobbying, media interventions, social advertising and campaigning are required to insure that issues of vulnerable groups can be addressed at the structural level, and also made visible in public debates. A critical and research-based presence of social work issues in the public field requires “classical” public relations skills, but also new forms of public interventions such as adbusting or the use of social media and the organization of public and/ or parliamentarian hearings.

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This module is compulsory for all students.

In this module, students gain hands on experience in applying a human rights perspective to a concrete field of social work. Their work is guided by a precise, theoretically embedded research objective and they use the knowledge and skills acquired through their coursework to implement their praxis project.

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This module is compulsory for all students.

The thesis is a central element of the MA-SWHR. In keeping with the research-oriented focus of the program, students are required to write a 15,000 words (+/- 10%) thesis based on empirical investigation, which accounts for a total of 15 ECTS credits. The thesis must relate to the substantive issues of the course, using the scientific research methods taught. Independent research and writing of the MA thesis under the guidance of two advisors, students have 25 weeks to work on the MA thesis. For theses based on empirical research, the length of time is 30 weeks.

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Master Thesis

In their final phase of our program, students elaborate on their Master's Theses. Under the guidance of two academic advisors and a successful proposition of an independent research question or statement, students critically realize their writing process and conclusions.

Since the Master's program is also aimed at opening the chance of obtaining a doctorate, students have the possibility of adapting the sub-topics form compulsory and elective modules, already in view of a prospective dissertation project. In that way the Master’s thesis – at least parts of it – becomes an intermediate step towards the doctorate.

Access | Copies of Master's theses can be found in the ASH Berlin library.

Abstracts from Previous Master Theses

Adwan, Dima (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

A Human Rights Perspective to Supporting Artists: Understanding and Addressing Stigma in the Integration of Forcibly Displaced Artists from Syria in Berlin

Gebremariam, Nugus (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Engaging Men to End Gender-Based Violence in Patriarchal Societal Structure in Ethiopia

Synan, Jenny (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Obstacles to Justice: Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Detained in Syria’s Regime Prisons

Teferi, Tsedeniya

Exploring the Informal Social System of Iddir: A Commons Practice

Waldow Stock, Stephanie Christina

The cooperation between state and civil society actors in providing a multi-disciplinary victim assistance to women trafficked from Brazil to Europe

Anusi, Doris Dorathy (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Child Marriage in Gofye Kuje Area Council Abuja, Northern Nigeria: Implications for Girls

Aulenbacher, Leonie (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Are Children Trafficked Into Residential Care Institutions? Understanding The Reasons Why Children Enter Residential Care Facilities In Nepal And Uganda

Bentham, Madeline (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Towards A Praxis of Dignity Promotion: Critical Reflections on Dignity in Harm Reduction Practice with People Who Use Drugs in Canada

Campbell, Tori (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

A Place to Call Home: The Impact of the Irish Housing System on the Subjective Well-Being of Young Workers

Diangha, Mabel Njang (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Impact of migration on the mental health of Sub-Saharan African migrants in Germany: Case Study: Berlin-Brandenburg

Esau, Katharina

Exploring Incarcerated Women's Barriers to Reintegration: A Comparison to the Bangkok Rules

Fowler, Fiona (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Decolonising the human T cell leukaemia virus type 1: Resisting neglect through local story

Houeiss, Jad

People with disabilities and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic in Lebanon

Lee, Jennifer (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Equity in Education: The Case for Human Rights Education in the Era of Privatization

Meilin, Nitzan (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Power & Participation: Sex workers voices in the Israeli Legislation Process of the Prohibition on Consumption of Prostitution Law 

Mieser, Audrey Lee (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Racial Inequalities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Situating the Impact of Drug Courts on Minority Communities

Otto,  Melinda Richedenie (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR)

What Barriers Do Social Workers Face Regarding the Reintegration of Children Placed into Foster Care with Their Birth Parents? A Perspective from A Non-Profit Organization in South Africa.

Owusu, Bright Yeboah (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Ethical Discrimination Among Public Servants in Ghana

Riding, Sophie (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

A Whole-Systems Approach to Integrated Family Support Services: Exploring how digital tools can help or hinder

Schmid, Jennifer

Transportation of Conflict: The Significance of the Kurdish Conflict in the Everyday Life of Kurdish and Arab Refugees from Syria in Germany

Schmiegel, Louisa (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Accessibility Of Public Toilets For Persons With Disabilities. A Qualitive Study In Berlin, Germany

Tadesse, Michael Emru

The Black Social Economy in Germany: A Study of ROSCAs by Ethiopian Immigrants

Tibbetts, Joel

Financial Hardship and Psychological Distress in Australia: The Moderating Role of Area-Level Socio-Economic Disadvantage

Amad, Dalal


Ararsa, Metti Dibaba

Effectiveness of Social Audits for Human Rights due Diligence of Business in Ethiopian Flower Sector

Bischof, Natalie

Children in the ANKER centres in Germany - A Description and Analysis of the living conditions and children's rights in ANKER centres in Bavaria

Bölle, Tina-Maleen

Queering European Asylum Law - Legal and Social Work Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity based Asylum Claims in Germany with a Focus on Berlin

Chase, Sophie

An Insight Into Young People's Experiences of Viewing Pornography, And Its' Role in Sexual Health Promotion

Cook, Lindsay

Aboriginal labour inequalities in Canada:  from early colonization to the current context
An analysis of the role of the education system in reinforcing inequalities in the Canadian labour market

Friesenhahn, Marie

Volunteers in Lesbos, Greece.
The burden of volunteering in humanitarian crisis in the psychosocial realm and the opportunities for support for volunteers.

Guglielmini, Cristina (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR)

Monitoring Human Rights Violations at European Borders - The role of grassroots NGOs in Monitoring border police violence and abuses in Europe and their contribution to social work

Hutchings, Jennifer

Narratives of Swiss Players’ Trade of Gold Mined in Peru and the Associated Damage to Humans and the Environment
A Decolonial Perspective

Johannes, Rebekka

The experiences and emotions of family
caregivers to persons with severe mental health problems:
in perspective of rural Namibia

Kumonik, Mure Moses Waigo

An examination of the situation, causes and access to health and education of street children in Rumbek town, South Sudan

Ladu, Lokudu Cosmas Ponsiano

A Study to Examine the Role of Kator B Court (Customary Court) in the Fight Against Domestic
Violence in Juba, South Sudan

Lawanson, Segun


Lee, Abriel

The contribution of Thai women assisting Thai women who have experienced intimate partner violence in Europe

Lee, Seulbee (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR)

The Perceptions on Neighborhood Environments of Refugee Children Living in Berlin

Meszaros, Doris (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)


Mulukwat, Jane Rebecca Modong

Land Rights for Widows: Cultural Practices of Depriving Widows the Right to Land Ownership and its effect on their Welfare
A case study of widows in Bunambutye sub county Bududa District-Uganda

Richter, Angelina

Effects of Natural Disasters on the Public Health of Citizens in the United States and its Territories
A reflection of the relationship between destruction, disaster and loss on the well-being and health of those with that lived experience

Rohal, Parul

Racism and Discrimination that the Second Generation of Indian and Pakistani Diaspora Faces in the Job Market in Germany

Rowe, Hannah


Smith, Charity (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Alternative Family Life in Canada. The Lived Experiences of Polyamorous Families in the Fringes of Legality.

Villarreal Mendoza, Ivis Saraí

Transgender Persons in Venezuela: Coping with lack of legal recognition in times of food rationing and shortages

Wagner, Stephanie (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Decisive Factors in Asylum Procedures of Trafficked Women from Nigeria- A Systematic Analysis

Yong, Yu Wei

Exploring living experiences of children in a Voluntary Children Home (VCH) in Singapore

Zeile, Agnija

Through thorns to success: Integration of sentenced persons into the labour market in Latvia.

Bugge, Marit

Obedience and Dehumanization: Placing the Dublin Regulation Within A Histroical Context.

Bolzman, Liat

Are We Not Human? The Journey of Eritrean Refugees Who Left Israel Under the "Voluntary Return Scheme" - From Human Experience to Human Rights

Flihan, Noor Nizar

Voluntary Work and Social Work: Two Activities Encountering Human Rights Issues.

Gerboc, Halle

Buen Vivir as an Economic Alternative in Latin America: A Feminist Perspective.

Klaßen, Louisa

Human Rights Education within German public schools - How Grassroots Initiatives can contribute to the gaps of HRE within German public schools

Kandowe, Caroline Idah

Exploring Child Headed Households, Their Challanges and Survival Mechanisms in Rural Areas. A Case Study of Chiweshe Rural Community, Zimbabwe.

Knox, Lisa

Online Solidarity: The Impact of Social Media Platforms on Female Survivors of Sexual Assault

Mujuru, Rufaro

The consequences of exposure to domestic and sexual violence and abuse on children and survivors.

Oenema, Ina Thyra

(Body)Mapping Statelessness: Bodies, Borders and Belongings.

Okoye, Nnamdi Chukwunweike

LGBT Community And Their Sexual Health Challanges in Nigeria.

Pallam, Kettu Monica Silas

Marriages as a Form of Child Trafficking in India

Ramsay, Sarah Anne Grace

Allies or Administrators? The Role of Social Workers With Unaccompanied Young People In Scotland.

Sabally, Demba

Social Work Values, Human Rights and the State's Right to Control Immigration: A Comparative Study of Access to Health Care for Gambian Irregular Migrants in Berlin and Oslo

Sanghvi, Poonam (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Positive Impacts of CSR Activities on Human Rights

Siddiqui, Umair

A Discussion of the Universality of Human Rights.

Aikins, Muna

Empowering Refugees- A Focus Group Analysis Necessary Procedures for Effective Complaint Management

Albán Popescu, Alina Alejandra

How are artistic means used by Social Workers and how beneficial are they when dealing with children?

Baldus, Maria Lena

Self-determination of people with intellectual disabilities in assisted living facilities in Germany

Bischof, Jasmin

Sans-papiers and regulation procedure in Switzerland - A human rights perspective on how to apply the hardship procedure in the canton St. Gallen

Brulin, Lovisa

Would you like to become a mother one day? A qualitative study of how managers for homes for persons with intellectual disabilities approach issues related to fertility, with their female service users

Gerlach, Fee

Towards sustainable communities - A permaculture- based practice model for ecosocial work

Karkoutly, Mariana (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

The psychological and mental health of refugees in emergency camps in Berlin: The role of social work in mental health services

Keith, Catherine M.

Teacher and Social Worker Identities: Impact on relation to and interaction with adult immigrant students and clients in Minnesota

Lartigue, Sarah (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Studying in a French sensitive urban zone - Institutional racism and youth in the Banlieues

Mbeufonjoh, Nkaminyi Percy

Scaling up adherence to mutual health trusts through dialogue structures in Buea health district: Case study of MHO in Bepha Buea

Mujovic, Mia (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Art and theatre as tools of Human Rights Education for the primary prevention of peer violence in high- schools in the Republic of Serbia

Nowak, Janine

Urban Living in Mongolia- A Human Rights-based Approach

Roberts, Skyler

I cannot escape - Examining technologys role to facilitate abuse in an intimate Relationship

Rugumambaju, Beatrice

Disability in Refugee Camps: A situation of disabled girls in Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp Isingiro District South Western Uganda

Sglavo, Mariangela

Memories of uprising of Syrian activists in Germany

Sweis, Maha

Early Child Marriage in Jordan as a Human Rights Issue - Universal Rights vs. Cultural Relativism

Valladares, Berna Yadira

Street Children in Honduras- Challenges to Improve their lives

Yeboah, Josefine (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Respect Diversity- Human Rights Education in LGBT Community in Ghana; An Analysis of Experiences using Peer Education to promote Human Rights & Social and Reproductive Health Rights

Human Rights Praxis Project

Within the time frame of one semester, the students realize and develop their Human Rights Praxis Project that is linked to the issue of social work and human rights. With the expertise and guidance of lecturers from our Master program (and, or professional experts and contact persons of a practical field), students are encouraged to independently acquire additional methodical knowledge in their field of interest, and critically reflect and justify their strategies.

Abstracts from Previous Projects

Afrin, Rifat (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

The right to employment: Develop a platform for the Transgender (Hijra) to strengthening the community 

Bitew, Endeshaw

Promoting Children’s Rights in Schools through Integrating Human Rights-Based Approach into Social Work Field Education and Practice: The Case of Social Work Department, University of Gondar, Ethiopia

Blum, Robert & Schramm, Lea

The impact of climate change on the Social Work profession in Germany -  A podcast on transforming Eco-Social Work theory into practice

Courville, Sarah

Queering Harm Reduction: Generating a Grassroots Drug Education Curriculum in the Pursuit of Queer Futurity 

Demelash, Melaku

Assessing the Lived Experiences of Ethiopian Women Migrant Returnees from Middle East and/or Gulf State Countries. Ensuring psychosocial supports and Re-integration Services

Fogha Mc, Cornilius Refem

The Voices Of Silence: Decolonising social work education and practice

Lachore, Wondemagegnehu (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Promote participation of Children with disabilities in School Activities: the case of Hawassa Haike Primary school in Ethiopia


Grassroots capacity building: Designing a reporting mechanism for volunteers working in a grassroots organisation 

Paul, Meera

A Study on: Retaliation of Indian Farmers and their concerned Human Rights

Staudacher, Rune

System-Relevancy on an abandoned post - Frontline Social Work and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Taylor, Christopher

Exploratory Pedagogy in Kreuzberg: Critically Examining Gender Socialization

Abebe, Hailu Kibret

The CRC in Promoring Children´s Right: Assessing Institutional Capacity in Benishangul-Gumuz, Regional State, Western Ethiopia

Adwan, Dima & Riding, Sophie (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

 The Girl's Club 

Anusi, Doris Dorathy (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Empowering Community Leaders in Gofye Community, Kuje Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria to Prevent Child Marriage

Aulenbacher, Leonie & Esau, Katharina (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

 Assessing access and availability of adequate services around women*’s sexual and reproductive health rights in Berlin 

Campbell, Tori (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

How is a Berlin based voluntary organisation attempting to provide integration of refugees through the means of a local meeting place? 

Fowler, Fiona (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

The right to health, bodywork, and HTLV-1 

Houeiss, Jad

The Scouts Club: Online interactions during the times of Covid 19

Meilin, Nitzan (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Helpline for the Israeli Migrant Community in Berlin 

Mieser, Audrey

Socially Distanced: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Berlin’s Homeless Population

Otto, Melinda (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR)

The right to education: Developing an educational program for irregular immigrants' children living in informal settlements who do not attend school. A case study of Caleb Motshabi, South Africa. 

Owusu, Bright Yeboah (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Human Rights and Child Labour Issues in Ghana: A Case Study along the Volta Lake

Schmid, Jennifer

 "Wir gegen Corona" - A Platform for Cooperation, Solidarity and Cohesion in the Time of Coronavirus. 

Schmiegel, Louisa (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

 Assessment on the access to clean, safe (drinking) water (Sustainable Developement Goal 6) for residents in the township Khayelitsha

Teferi, Tsedeniya Z.

Human Rights Education for Children: A Participatory Approach.

Tibbetts, Joel

The Universal Basic Income and Mental Health in Australia. An Awareness Raising Campaign Plan.

Waldow Stock, Stephanie C.

Human Rights Workships within the Volunteer Training Programme of the Organization EBM International.

Ararsa, Metti Dibaba - "Yene-Raey": Advancing Children's Wellbeing and Gender Equality of Adolescent Girls Through Integrated Program Approach

Bischof, Natalie  - The children's right for education in ANKER centres in Bavaria. A concept paper how good and qualified school education could be done for children living in ANKER centres in Bavaria.

Chase, Sophie - The development of a resource to aid the teaching of SRE to young people in England: An informative Porn Magazine

Diangha, Mabel - Drug Dealing (misuse and trade) amongst African Asylum seekers in Görlitzer Park, Berlin. (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Friesenhahn, Marie - Psychosocial Support for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees. Capacity Development and Trainings on Psychosocial Support in the Middle East

Guglielmini, Cristina - Monitoring Violence at Checkpoints and in Detention - A Gender Perspective. Human Rights Violations Suffered by Palestinian Women by the Hand of Female Members of the IDF (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR)

Johannes, Rebekka - Psychosocial Support of caregivers of persons with mental disabilities

Kumonik, Mure Moses Waigo - Prevention of Abuse, Exploitation and Rehabilitation of Street Children at Rumbek twon, South Sudan

Ladu, Lokudu Cosmas Ponsiano - Mobilising and engaging men to prevent domestic violence


Lee, Abriel - Interviews with Thai Women Assisting Thai Women in Europe

Lee, Jennifer - Hows Schools Measure Success and the Psychosocial Costs to Students (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR)

Lee, Seulbee - Participatory Action Research Project with Refugee Children Living in Berlin (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR)

Meszaros, Doris - Participation of Persons With Disabilities: In Search of Good Practice. Participatory Video-Project in County Starnberg (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Mulukwat, Jane Rebecca Modong - Human Rights Education and Awareness. A case study of education and awareness on child rights among the Toposa of South Sudan

Rohal, Parul - Do Indians face racism and discrimination in Germany?

Synan, Jenny & Richter, Angelina & Cook, Lindsay - Maintaining objectivity as a professional in social services

Tadesse, Michael Emru - Efforts, Challenges and Prospects of Integrating Refugees Living in Large Accommodations in Buch Area, Berlin

Wagner, Stephanie - A descriptive examination of asylum cases of trafficked women from Nigeria (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Yong, Yu Wei & Hutchings, Jennifer & Amad, Dalal - Towards Decolonizing the Master of Arts 'Social Work as a Human Rights Profession' (MA-SWHR) - Students' Experiences and Recommendations

Zeile, Agnija - The Duty of Care to the Berlin Youth in Custody

Albán, Alina - Mujuru, Rufaro and Rugumambaju, Beatrice - Documentary filmmaking with victims of the Colectiv - Fire

Baldus, Lena- Self-Determination Workshop

Benjamin, Chantal - A Look at the Social Casework of "Eingliederungshilfe"

Bischof, Jasmin - Thesis Writing Group

Bolzman, Liat - Art and Activism as tools for social change

Brulin, Lovisa “Vem har rätt att bli mamma?” - Who has the right to become a mother?

Gerlach, Fee - Developing a social media-based Human Rights Education campaign

Karkoutly, Mariana - Support groups with Refugees and asylum seekers in emergency camps (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Keith, Catherine - Language Learning & Social Work

Lartigue, Sarah - Mobilizing Youth For Political Participation in the French Quartiers (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Mbeufonjoh, Nkaminyi P. - Saving General practitioner practice from closure and exploring the GP management Issues

Mujović, Mia - Art and theatre as tools of Human Rights Education for the primary prevention of peer violence in high schools in the Republic of Serbia (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Nowak, Janine. - Internship Report: Promoted Human Rights Field by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Mongolia

Roberts, Skyler - Cyberstalking

Siddiqui, Umair - Art and Social Change: A project for women's rights in Pakistan

Sglavo, Mariangela - Doing memory work with Syrian activists: An autoehtnography - Self-reflections on repression, injustice, war trauma, and the struggle for freedom

Sweis, Maha - Honor Killings and Human Rights Violations in Jordan

Valladares, Berna Y. - Project: How I conducted the interviews with the street children in Casa Alianza

Aikins, Muna - Mapping Places of Empowerment and Participation for Newcomers in Berlin

Bubbelhoff, JaydaT. -  Three-part Thesis project

Chow, Hei Man V. - Moving towards children's rights: Challenges and Opportunities

Gabriel, Rhoneil G. and Haring, Lisa M. -  A critical perspective towards volunteerism

Ngoumou, Laurent F. -  Black pride in berlin; Empowerment, Equity and Soical Justice for Black homosexulas of African Orgin; Germany (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)

Opio, Jackson - The Families of the Disappeared Persons in the Context of Enforced Disappearance in the Philippines

Yeboah, Josefine - The Journey. The Accessibility of Human Rights (Education) Projects in Ghana. A Process of Self- Reflection. (available upon request for students and graduates of MA-SWHR as well as for general public access)


As MA Social Work as a Human Rights Profession is intrinsically structured as an international cooperative study program, not all lecturers are located in Berlin. Classes, seminars and examinations are also held and guided by our lecturers from

Dr. Alkan, Hilal Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) C: Critical Approaches to Human Rights Practice in Social Work
Alseth, Ann Kristin Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Social Work (Trondheim, Norway) C: Human Rights Education
Dr. Başdaş, Begüm   C: Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Prof. Dr. Bergs-Winkels, Dagmar Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Germany) A: Critical Social Science Research
Dr. Borde, Elis Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte (Brazil) B: Health and Human Rights
Chupina, Karina   C: Human Rights Education
Dr. Da Lomba, Sylvie University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B: Migration and Racism
Dr. Düzen, N. Ekrem Bielefeld University (Germany) A: Critical Social Science Research
Prof. Dr. Erdem, Esra Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) B: Economic Justice, Empowerment and Resilience, Colloquium for D-/E-Modules
Dr. Gale, Christine University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B: Children's Rights
Prof. Dr. Goel, Urmila Humboldt-Universität Berlin (Germany) B: Migration and Racism
Prof. Dr. Großmaß, Ruth Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) A: Social Work and Human Rights, Introduction to B Modules, C: Human Rights in the Context of Organisational Development/Innovation
Hildebrand, Bettina German Institute for Human Rights (Berlin, Germany) C: Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Dr. Karim, Samina University of Bradford (Bradford, Great Britain) A: Social Work and Human Rights
Dr. Keskin, Cem Freie Universität Berlin/ University of Duisberg-Essen Workshop: Academic Writing
Dr. Kjellbom, Pia Linköping University (Sweden) A: International Law: A Social Work Perspective
Prof. Dr. Köbsell, Swantje Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) B: Health and Human Rights in Social Work
Malmedie, Lydia University of Potsdam (Germany) A: Social Work and Human Rights, C: Human Rights in the Context of Organisational Development/Innovation
Matt, Christine Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (Germany) C: Human Rights Education
Dr. Milligan, Ian University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B: Children's Rights
Prof. Dr. Pollmann, Arnd Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) A: Social Work and Human Rights pollmann@
Prof. Dr. Prasad, Nivedita Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) A: Social Work and Human Rights, C: Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Quinn, Neil University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B: Migration and Racism, C: Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Prof. Dr. Radvan, Heike Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany), Amadeu Antonio Foundation C: Human Rights Education
Rajanayagam, Iris Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) C: Critical Approaches to Human Rights Practice in Social Work
Dr. Ryberg Welander, Lotti Malmö University (Sweden) A: International Law: A Social Work Perspective
Saleh, Fadi University of Göttingen (Germany) B: Gender and Human Rights
Scott, Mechthild   C: Human Rights in the Context of Organisational Development/Innovation
Dr. Sobočan, Ana M. University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) Workshop: International Social Work Theories, A: Critical Social Science Research, B: Gender and Human Rights
Dr. Staaf, Annika Malmö University (Sweden) A: International Law: A Social Work Perspective
Dr. Stamm, Ingo University of Jyväskylä (Finland) A: Global Social Work
Dr. Šumi, Irena University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) A: Global Social Work, B: Health and Human Rights, B: Gender and Human Rights
Dr. Tikkanen, Ronny University of Gothenburg (Sweden) C: Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Prof. Dr. Vera-Santos, Rocío Elizabeth Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Free University (Berlin, Germany) Workshop: Postcolonial Theories
Dr. Vesterdal, Knut Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway) C: Human Rights Education
Prof. Dr. Zaviršek, Darja University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) A: Critical Social Science Research, B: Health and Human Rights in Social Work, B: Gender and Human Rights
Zeybek, Sezai Ozan (PhD)   A: Global Social Work, B: Economic Justice, Empowerment and Resilience

Dr. Hilal Alkan is an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Georg Forster fellow at Alice Salomon Hochschule and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Open University. In her dissertation, she focused on civic charitable initiatives in Turkey, with the interdisciplinary lens of citizenship studies and economic anthropology. Alongside charitable giving and welfare provision, her research interests include gendered spatial formations, women’s experiences of war, and care ethics. In her recent project, she is working on informal neighbourhood initiatives aiding Syrian migrants in their resettlement in Istanbul and Berlin. She is also a member of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in Turkey, which works on gendering the peace process and documenting gendered rights violations in Turkey.

Ann Kristin Alseth is an Assistant Professor in public policy and administration at the Department of Social Work, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Since 2001 she has been teaching diverse student groups at the Social Work Bachelor Programme at NTNU. Her research and teaching areas concern public policy developments in the welfare state, immigration and integration policy, human rights and social work practice, critical theory, critical pedagogy and social work education. At the moment she is working on a thesis (dr. philos) with the theme 'Social Work Education and practice in a changing Norwegian welfare State' and expects to complete the thesis in spring 2021. Recently, she has, together with a colleague, developed a new course called 'Global Ethics and Human Rights' (7,5 credits). The course is mandatory for students at their department, but is also open to other students at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education and to Erasmus students at NTNU. She has also been teaching 'Human rights, social welfare and anti-oppressive social work' in Sweden at Mid Sweden University and Örebro University.

Dr. Begüm Başdaş received her PhD in Geography from the University of California Los Angeles (2007) and her MA in Art History from the University of California Riverside (2001). Her BA was in Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. She also worked full-time as a human rights campaigner at Amnesty International Turkey for six years. Begüm is currently a senior Einstein Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin at BIM and her current research on "The Spatial Politics of Solidarity Among Refugees and Volunteers in Greece" is centred on human rights, gender, sexuality and migration.

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Bergs-Winkels studied educational science, sociology and psychology at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and the Free University Berlin, where she took her diploma in 1989. From 1989 till 2001 she was assistant at the Free University Berlin where she took her PHD in 1995. Till 2007 she was lecturer at the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster in the department of Empirical Research. 2002 she held a guest professorship for "Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods“ at the International University Bremen, today Jacobs University Bremen (Teaching Language there is English). 2006 Habilitation in Münster, since 2007-2019 Full Professor of Educational Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg. She was Vice Dean for Study and International Affairs and Head of the BA Program Childhood Education. She was speaker of all German Programs for Childhood Education from 2015-2017. She is Program Director of the European Certificate of Pre School Gifted Education for the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and the International Center for the Study of Giftedness, University of Münster. She also has the scientific leadership of two Kindergartens, CampusKinder and QuartierKinder­­, in Hamburg. Since 2013 she has been a member of a working section of the “Wissenschaftsrat” of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since April 2019 she holds a Full Professorship of Educational Sciences at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She teaches in the program Childhood education/Kindheitspädagogik.


Member of  Scientific Organisations

  • (DGfE) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaften; Sektion Sozialpädagogik, Kommission: Pädagogik der Frühen Kindheit (Early Childhood Education)
  • (IRATADE) International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence
  • (ICBF) Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster und der Universität Nijmegen
  • (ECHA) European Council of High Ability; seit Herbst 2006: Program Director for Pre-School Gifted Education in Europe
  • (BAG) Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Bildung und Erziehung in der Kindheit –(Gründungsmitglied), Arbeitsgruppe Forschung
  • (ICCE) International Center for the Childhood and Education at the Volgograd state pedagogical University

Scientific interests

  • Early Education
  • Childhood
  • Giftedness
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Dr. Elis Borde studied B.Sc. European Public Health at Maastricht University, holds a Masters degree in Public Health (National School of Public Health/FIOCRUZ) and a PhD in Public Health (National University of Colombia).

Elis is professor at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research focuses on urban violence, social determinants of health and health inequities. She also works on Latin American Social Medicine and Collective Health and geographies of health inequality. Currently she is engaged in qualitative research on slum upgrading and health inequalities in Brazil.

Karina Chupina, PhD (cand.) is an independent consultant, trainer and researcher in social inclusion. She is a Senior trainer of the Council of Europe in civil society sector capacity-building, Human Rights Education, diversity and inclusion, disability rights, minority youth participation and inclusive training methodologies. Karina is a co-author of the Council of Europe revised "COMPASS" Human Rights Education Manual, consultant and editor of the EU SALTO manuals "No Barriers, No Borders", "Inclusion from A to Z", and other.

Karina has also been a passionate disability rights advocate and is striving towards intersectional approaches in policy work, research and practice; she served as a President of IFHOHYP, member of the European Disability Forum Youth Committee and UNICEF Youth Council of the Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities, and as a Global Advisor to Disability Rights Fund, Boston, U.S.

As a researcher, Karina conducted cross-national studies on access to culture, inclusive education and mechanisms of social inclusion. She holds MA degrees in International Journalism, International Relations and Sociology. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, she is now based in Berlin where she defended her PhD in Disability Studies and Rehabilitation sciences. Her experience includes working with the European Commission, UNDP, UN DESA and World Bank.    

Dr. Sylvie Da Lomba is a Senior Lecturer at the Law School of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. She has extensively published in the areas of migrants’ social and economic rights (with a focus on the rights of irregular migrants and asylum seekers); international, EU and national (UK, France and Canada) migration laws and policies; global and EU migration governance; and refugee integration. She is the author of a monograph on The Right to Seek Refugee Status in the European Union.

Much of her work is cross-disciplinary; she has developed socio-legal theoretical frameworks based on the concepts of membership, citizenship and vulnerability to investigate migrants’ rights and the tensions that exist between the realisation of their rights and the exercise of the government immigration power. She has conducted comparative socio-legal research in these areas and has undertaken funded empirical research in the field of migrants’ social rights, including migrants’ right to health care. For example, she was the principal investigator in a research project on ‘Women Asylum Seekers’ Access to Free NHS Maternity Care in Glasgow after a Negative Decision on their Asylum Claim’. The research was funded by and conducted in collaboration with the Scottish Refugee Council.

She was a visiting scholar at the University of Montreal and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

She teaches European Union Law, Human Rights Law and International Migration Law.

Research fellow at Bielefeld University, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG). MS in Clinical Psychology, MS in Philosophy of Science, PhD in Applied Psychology.  Psychotherapist. Main works include adaptation and standardization of intelligence tests, developmental scales and measurement devices; program and material production on child and adolescent development; youth work; psychocultural formation of agency (person in action), self (locus of experience), and individual (member of a society).Trainer and consultant to national and international civil society organizations. Currently working on (1) everyday reproduction of discrimination, othering, and exclusion, (2) national and transnational youth mobility, (3) home and diaspora in transnational context.

Prof. Dr. Esra Erdem is Professor for Social Economics at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin and Academic Director of the Master's Program Social Work as a Human Rights Profession.

She received a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Her primary research areas include Solidarity Economies, Commons, Urban Studies, Critical University Studies and Migration Studies.


Dr. Chrissie Gale received a doctorate and an MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol. She received her MA in Social Policy from the University of York. She is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde where for four years, she also led the international work for the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS). This post encompassed the management of a global portfolio of child protection programmes and development of knowledge exchange opportunities, including facilitation of several international Massive Open Online Courses. Chrissie has a career spanning more than 30 years in which she continues to promote child rights with specific reference to child protection, alternative care, and the protection of children on the move in an international context.  In addition to her work leading global research projects, Chrissie has lived and worked in many different regions of the world combining her professional expertise in the employ of international bodies and organisations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, UNWRA and Save the Children, with an academic career. This includes the provision of technical support to State, UN, and non-governmental bodies in the understanding and application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to inform the development of national child protection systems.  

As a social and cultural anthropologist Prof. Dr. Urmila Goel conducts ethnographic work primarily among people, who are marked as Indians in German speaking Europe. She is currently a guest professor at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Theoretically she is interested in particular in critical racism theory, postcolonial theory, gender and queer studies as well as in the interdependencies of these.

Habilitation in Cultural Anthropology; M.A. South Asian Area Studies; Ph.D. Economics; M.Sc. Economics and Econometrics

Website & Publications

What is interesting to know about her professional background?

Subjects of studies: Philosophy, German literature, Education at RUB (Bochum) and Philipps-University (Marburg), short stays in Great Britain and France included; PhD at Bielefeld University (“Psychische Krisen und Sozialer Raum” – a research on counselling).

For more than 20 years she was an active professional counsellor, doing teaching and research side-line.  Later on, in 2004, she decided to change priorities and was successful in applying at Alice Salomon Hochschule for the chair in Social philosophy and Ethics, which she held for more than 10 years, working on professional ethics and the philosophical backgrounds of social work. Towards the end of her professional career she was asked to build up the master program “Social work as a Human Rights Profession” – a task she really became interested in and identified with. In 2015 she retired, glad to hand over the program to Esra Erdem and Johanna Isensee, the current Program Director and Program Manager.

For further details on her activities at Alice Salomon Hochschule and  her publications (most of them – sorry – in German), please visit the ASH profile.

Since 2003 Bettina Hildebrand is the head of communications and spokesperson of the independent German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin 

She is a professional journalist with wide experience in print, radio and TV (ZDF, German public-service television broadcaster). She also worked several years as communications manager and spokesperson for the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf, Germany.


1987 University degrees in philosophy, history and theology

2004/2005 Studies and graduation as Dipl. Fundraiser VMI, University of Fribourg/Switzerland


From 2006 to 2012 she regularly taught Iraqi security forces within the framework of the NATO Training Mission - Iraq on "Human Rights and Media." 

Her fields of expertise are Media/Journalism, Public Relations and Human Rights.

Dr. Samina Karim (UK) is an academic in the field of social work, and a specialist in working with children and families. Her expertise is centred around the topics of child abuse, historic abuse, children’s rights and power within social work practice. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Bradford and a programme director, and is involved in undertaking international research in order to examine the issue of child abuse in South Asia.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a PhD in Social Work from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Birmingham, UK.

2020–Present, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Potsdam

2019–Present, Adjunct Instructor, Alice Salomon University

2019–2020, Academy in Exile Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin

2018–Present, Adjunct Instructor, Freie Universität Berlin

2011–2017, Assistant Professor, Istanbul 29 Mayis University, Turkey

2005–2009, PhD in Linguistics, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2000–2005, Research Assistant, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

1999–2002, MS in Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

1995–1999, BA in Linguistics, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey


Research interests: syntax, morpho-syntax, diachronic syntax, language contact; clause combining, case, agreement, nominalizations, complex predicates, voice; Turkish, Balkan Turkic, Ottoman Turkish; linguistic rights, minority languages, language loss; critical thinking


Pia Kjellbom has a PhD in social work and is currently working as researcher and lecturer in welfare law at Linköping University in Norrköping, Sweden. Main interests are social work law, evictions, child evictions, housing and home especially for socially and economically vulnerable groups as well as human rights.

Prof. Dr. Swantje Köbsell is Professor for Disability Studies at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin.

Academic fields of interest: Disability Studies, Ableism, Disability Studies in Education, Disability Rights Movements, Disability and Human Rights, Intersectionality and Disability (i.e. gender & disability, forced/migration & disability, age & disability), Eugenics

Publications (selection)

  • „‘Disabled asylum seekers? … They don’t really exist’”. Zur Unsichtbarkeit behinderter Flüchtlinge im Hilfesystem und im behindertenpolitischen Diskurs, in: Westphal, Manuela/ Wansing, Gudrun (Hrsg.): Migration, Flucht und Behinderung: Herausforderungen für Politik, Bildung und psychosoziale Dienste, Wiesbaden, Springer VS 2018, S. 63-80.
  • Normalität, in: Ingeborg Hedderich, Gottfried Biewer, Judith Hollenweger, Reinhard Markowetz (Hrsg.): Handbuch Inklusion und Sonderpädagogik, Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt 2016, S. 402-405.
  • Mit Hirschberg, Marianne: Disability Studies, Diversity und Inklusion: in: Ingeborg Hedderich, Gottfried Biewer, Judith Hollenweger, Reinhard Markowetz (Hrsg.): Handbuch Inklusion und Sonderpädagogik, Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt 2016, S. 555-568.
  • Doing Dis_ability. Wie beeinträchtigte Menschen zu „Behinderten“ werden, in: Fereidooni, Karim/ Zeoli, Antonietta P. (Hrsg.) Managing Diversity. Die diversitätsbewusste Ausrichtung des Bildungs- und Kulturwesens, der Wirtschaft und Verwaltung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2016, S. 89-104.
  • Ableism– neue Qualität oder „alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen“?, in: Attia, Iman; Köbsell, Swantje; Prasad, Nivedita: Dominanzkultur reloaded: Neue Texte zu gesellschaftlichen Machtverhältnissen und ihren Wechselwirkungen, Bielefeld: transcript 2015, S. 21-34.
  • The Disability Rights Movement in Germany: History, development, present state, in: Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol 26 No 6 (2006),

Lydia Malmedie is a doctoral researcher at the Economics and Social Science Faculty at the University of Potsdam, Germany with a scholarship by the German research council (DFG). Her thesis is on the EU’s foreign policy with regard to human rights for LGBTI persons in Sub-Sahara Africa and she carried out field research in Kenya and Uganda. Previously, Lydia worked for a London Fostering Agency and at Europe’s largest human rights charity for equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK. She advised UK government and led on the highly sensitive primary school campaign ‘Celebrating Difference’. Invited by UNESCO, she contributed to the first ever international expert meeting on homophobia in education institutions. As an equality and diversity consultant, Lydia has worked with private and public sector organizations including SoundCloud and the German development cooperation (GIZ). She holds a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization and is the former president of the Alumni Association bringing together over 2,000 human rights experts, activists and professionals of EU funded Human Rights master programmes globally.

Christine Matt (M.A.) graduated with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Education from the Freie Universität Berlin after acquiring her B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the same university. In her M.A. thesis, she examined how students in different school settings perceive sexual and gender diversity, and also how they respond to it. From 2011-2017 she worked as a Project Coordinator, educator and curator at Berlin’s Youth Museum (Jugend Museum Berlin) with a focus on migration history and diversity. While there, Christine contributed to the award-winning model project on sexual and gender diversity entitled “ALL INCLUDED”, as well as the projects “VILLA GLOBAL” and “HEIMAT Berlin. Migration history for children”. Since 2017, she has been a Research Assistant at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Social Work). Her interests and expertise center around diversity-sensitive cultural education, diversity, migration and postcolonial theories. She is currently working on her PhD, and her research focuses on education and empowerment within the context of forced migration.


Dr. Ian Milligan is involved in international policy and practice development in the field of 'Alternative care' - children who are in foster, kinship or residential care. He is one of the authors of Moving Forward: Implementing the UN Guidelines on the Alternative Care of Children, published in 2013 and now translated into 6 languages including Russian and Chinese (Mandarin). Ian has provided consultancy, research, evaluation and training services in a number of countries. As International lead for CELCIS Ian is involved in building partnerships with UNICEF, NGOs and academic institutions to develop policy and increase the knowledge and skills of child welfare professionals across the world. Ian has acted as a consultant to the Scottish and UK governments.

Prof. Dr. Arnd Pollmann teaches as a professor for ethics and social philosophy at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. His research focus is on different fields of practical philosophy like ethics, moral, political, legal and social philosophy. He writes books on integrity and immorality, on human rights and human dignity and is among other things Co-editor of the Journal for Human Rights as well as of the philosophical online-magazine

PhD in Philosophy at University of Frankfurt/Main ("Integrität. Aufnahme einer sozialphilosophischen Personalie"); Habilitation in Philosophy at University of Magdeburg ("Menschenrechte und Menschenwürde")

Prof. Dr. Nivedita Prasad is a Professor for methods of Social Work and gender-specific Social Work at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She is the director of the German MA Program “Soziale Arbeit als Menschenrechtsprofession” and teaches courses on Human Rights based Social Work, Intersectional Critical Social Work and methods for structural change in Social Work. She was awarded the first Anne Klein Prize in 2012 for her ongoing dedication to the Human Rights of migrant women.

Neil Quinn (University of Strathclyde) is a Reader in Social Work and Social Policy, and Co-Director of the University's Centre for Health Policy. The Centre works across all faculties in collaboration with several local and international partners.

He has a specific interest in global public health and social welfare policy and has expertise in social work, health and human rights. His human rights work focuses on migration, mental health, homelessness and looked after children. He is leading a national research programme on the right to health for marginalised groups. He is engaged in a number of key national policy roles, including the Scottish National Action Plan (SNAP) human rights group on health and social care and in a range of high-profile international work as an advisor to the World Health Organisation on mental health rights, co-author of the UNCRC Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children Handbook and collaborations with Yale and New York University on health policy.  

He is committed to working in partnership with service users and communities and has 25 years’ experience in social work, community development and public health at a local, national and international level. He has led a major community development and health programme in one of Europe’s areas of highest deprivation, chaired the national Sanctuary programme working with asylum seekers and refugees and is on the steering group of People’s Health Movement Scotland. He is also a co-founder of the Declaration health and human rights arts festival.


Prof. Dr. Heike Radvan studied social work at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin. In 2009, she received her doctorate at the Free University of Berlin as an educationalist on "Pedagogical Action and Anti-Semitism". From 2002-2017 she worked for the Amadeu Antonio Foundation in the field of practice research and project development. Since 2011, she has been responsible for setting up and directing the "Gender and Right-Wing Extremist Section" of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation as well as for the foundation-related association "Lola for Democracy in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern".

In addition, she was responsible for the project conception and coordination of the exhibitions of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation "'Das hat's bei uns nicht gegeben!' Antisemitismus in der DDR" - "That did not exist with us!" Anti-Semitism in the GDR - (2007) and Germany after 1945: A society confronts antisemitism, racism and neo-nazism (2012).

Heike Radvan has been Professor of "Methods and Theories of Social Work" at the Brandenburg-Technische Universität in Cottbus since the summer semester 2017.

Main topics in research and teaching:

(gender-reflective) Right-wing extremism prevention,

Reconstructive Social Research,

Educational styles in the home care of the GDR,

Educational action and anti-Semitism,

Diversity in rural areas of the new federal states,

Intercultural education,

Community organizing,

Anti-Semitism in the GDR.

Iris Rajanayagam is a historian (MA Modern / Contemporary History, University of Cologne / Humboldt University Berlin / University of Dar es Salaam). She works on postcolonial theories, her focus particularly lying on colonial continuities in German and European migration, refugee and asylum policies, intersectionality as well as on theories and practice of antiracism and antidiscrimination. She is director of the non-profit organisation xart splitta and researcher and lecturer at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in the module: “Racism and Migration”. 

Iris Rajanayagam is also board member of the Migration Council Berlin (Migrationsrat Berlin), part of the Jury against Discriminatory Advertising of the Berlin Senate and co-founder of the radio show “Talking Feminisms” on  

From 2013 to 2016 she was part of the editing team of the magazine “Leben nach Migration” (Eng.: “Life after Migration”) of the Migrationsrat Berlin. 

Lotti Ryberg Welander is licentiate of law and PhD in Sociology of law. She has been teaching law in social work since 2000 and is focusing on the welfare aspects of legal regulation. Her main interests are migration, human rights and international and supranational regulation of labour law and social security. 

Fadi Saleh holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology from the University of Göttingen. His PhD project, titled “Queer Humanitarianism in the Time of War: The Global Emergence of Syrian LGBT Refugees,” maps out the various ways in which, over the years following the Syrian uprisings in March 2011, Syrian queer and trans* populations entered global political discourses around LGBT rights, migration, asylum, and humanitarianism. Fadi has taught courses in the fields of gender and queer studies, (queer) cultural anthropology, and literary and media studies. Outside of Academia, he has worked and continues to work with various LGBT organizations across the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as Europe, in a variety of research, advocacy, and training capacities.

At the core of her research interests are ethics and decision-making in social work, social work professional identity as well as research ethics. Currently, she is aiming to develop these topics in an international research group. Her research and teaching experience extend to gender as well as a social justice and inclusion take on different social groups. She is often engaged as a lecturer in an international arena (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, USA) as well as a contributor in international research (Austria, Germany, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sweden, etc.). She has experience as an editor, reviewer in 8 scientific journals, translator and thesis advisor.

Furthermore, she leads the Social Work Chapter of the Slovenian Sociological Association; she was a vice-chair of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA); and has been active in Eastern-European Sub-Regional Association of Schools of Social Work. Additionally, she co-founded the Society for Business Ethics and Ethical Leadership; and is also a member of a few ethical committees in various institutions (i.e. Slovenian Human Rights Ombudsman Office).

She is employed as an assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ljubljana, where she received her PhD. The doctoral thesis, which she partially developed as a Fulbright scholar (at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) was recognized as the most excellent research work in social sciences in 2013 with an award by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU).


Dr. Annika Staaf is responsible for module A3 International Law of the Master program SWHR.

She is assistant professor in social work with a speciality of Legal Science. Her research interest concerns mainly Constitutional law, administrative Law and Human Rights. Her PhD thesis described the rule of law in facilities providing involuntarily care and treatment for drug addicts in accordance with a Swedish legislation, The Care of Alcoholics and Drug abusers special provisions Act.

Dr. Ingo Stamm is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, since 2015. He finished his PhD on social security and human rights in Finland and Germany at the University of Siegen, Germany, in 2014. In his dissertation he examined the human right to social security in Germany and Finland. He is also holding a master's degree in social work from the Alice Salomon University Berlin (German MA program “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession”). Additionally, he has 10 years of practical experience as a social worker in the fields of family care, child protection, and youth work.

Research and teaching

His research focuses on ecosocial work, sustainability and unemployment policies as well as on social work ethics and social economy. He has long-standing experience in cross-national, comparative research.

His main fields of teaching are human rights and social work, ethics, unemployment policies and poverty, ecosocial work and sustainability as well as qualitative research methods. Apart from teaching at JYU and ASH Berlin, he is a guest lecturer at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the University of Gävle, Sweden.


Irena Šumi, Ph.D. is an Anthropologist, specializing in anthropology of ethnicity, nationalism and boundaries; racisms and antisemitism; the Holocaust and survivors from Slovenia; Slovenian Jewry; Native American political history of the 20th century; postcolony and postsocialism studies.

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Dr. Ronny Tikkanen is a a professional social worker and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work at the University of Gothenburg where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching areas dealing with research methods and gender and sexuality. He is course coordinator for courses at the advanced level and teach about sexuality, prevention and human rights and he has completed several large surveys in the area of sexuality and hiv-prevention. He is also a member of the executive committee of the EASSW (European Association of Schools of Social Work).


Prof. Dr. Rocío Elizabeth Vera-Santos is since 2019 visiting professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences and research associate at the Free University of Berlin.

She received her PhD in Sociology from the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin). She worked as Assistant Professor of Sociology and researcher at the Institute for Latin American Studies at FU Berlin. She has also worked at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and at FLACSO Ecuador.

Her book 'Dinámicas de la Negritud y Africanidad, Construcciones de la Afrodescendencia en Ecuador' received the Isabel Tobar Guarderas Prize in 2016 for best book at a national level in social sciences in Ecuador. She recently co-authored the book 'Entre el Atlántico y el Pacífico Negro. Afrodescendencia y regímenes de desigualdad en Sudámerica', this book received the LASA Iberoamericano Book Award 2021. Her video project 'Narratives of Uprooting' received the Audience Award in the video competition for the 70th anniversary of the internationalization of FU Berlin in 2018.

She specializes in Gender Studies, ethnicity, African-descent, social inequality, migration, racism, anti-discrimination, and human rights.

Knut Vesterdal is an Associate Professor in Social Studies Education at NTNU.

Reasearch and Fields of Interest:

  • Social studies- and history education
  • Human rights and Human rights rducation (HRE)
  • Genocide: agents, mechanisms and conditions
  • Political theory, international politics and humanitarian intervention

Relevant Publications:

Ph.D. dissertation: "The roles of human rights education in Norway. A qualitative study of purposes and approaches in policy and in upper secondary schools"

Vesterdal, Knut. (2016): Human Rights Education Through the Lens of Violation: Developing Critical,  Active Citizenship or Constructing National Identity?. Crossing Borders. Combining Human Rights Education and History Education.

Vesterdal, Knut. (2011): "Prisoner no.424: Josef Grabowski" ("Fange nr.424: Josef Grabowski.") Historieformidling - fra teori til praksis (English translation of the article). In C. Lenz & T.R. Nilssen (Eds.), Fortiden i nåtiden - Nye veier i formidlingen av andre verdenskrigs historie (pp.163- 187). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Vesterdal, Knut. (2007): Conclusion: Building Liberal Democracy in Croation. Democratic Transition in Croation: Value- transformation, Education, and Media.

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Prof. Darja Zaviršek, PhD. is sociologist, professor and chair of the „Department of Social Justice and Inclusion - Disability studies, gender and ethnicity" at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work and the honorable professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Since 2008 she is the president of the Eastern European Sub-Regional Association of the Schools of Social Work, at the IASSW and the board member of the IASSW. She was the co-founder and chair of the Indosow- International Doctoral Studies in Social Work, 2009-2014. She is the national representative in the Academic Network of European Disability Experts ANED at the level of the European Commission, EU. She supported the development of social work education in several Eastern European countries (Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo) and was recurrent visiting professor at different universities: Central European University (2005-2015, Gender Programme); University of Banja Luka (2000-2007, Dept of Social Work); University of Kiev Mohlya, Kiev, Ukraine (1997- 2010, Dept of Social Work); Tbilisi State University (2010-2015; doctoral studies Gender Programme); Univ. of Zuyd, Maastricht (1998-2011; international master programme). Currently she teaches at the Master Programme of the University of Applied Science Alice Salomon Berlin, "Social Work as a Human Rights Profession".

Areas of research: gender, disability, ethnicity studies, history of social work, violence. From 2012 – 2015 she served as the board member of the European Social Work Research Assitoation – ESWRA and in 2015, she was the organising Chair of the 5th European Social Work Research Conference in Ljubljana. In 2016 she was the International Hokenstad Lecturer at the anual CSWE conference. In 2017 her article "The humanitarian crisis of migration versus the crisis of humanitarianism: current dimensions and challenges for social work practice" became awarded as the International Social Work Article in the Social Work Education International Journal. She wrote, edited and co-edited 17 books in Slovenian and English language and wrote over hundreds of scientific and professional articles.

Selected books:

Darja Zaviršek (2000), Disability as a Cultural Trauma. Ljubljana cf.

Darja Zaviršek (2005), "With Diploma it was Easier to Work!" The 50th Anniversary of social work education in Slovenia. FSD, Ljubljana.

Shula Ramon and Darja Zaviršek eds (2009), Critical Edge Issues in Social Work and Social Policy. Comparative Research Perspective. Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana.

Darja Zaviršek & Birgit Rommelspacher & Silvia Staub Bernascone eds.(2010), Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work. International Perspective. Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana.

Darja Zaviršek (2012), From Blood to Care: Social Parenthood in Global World. [Od krvi do skrbi: socialno starševstvo v globalnem svetu] Aristej, Maribor. (in Slovenian language);

Darja Zaviršek, Ana Marija Sobočan eds (2012), Rainbow Families Go to School: Perspectives of Children, Parents and Teachers FSD, Ljubljana.

Dr. Sezai Ozan Zeybek received his PhD in Geography from The Open University in UK. He worked as an Associate Professor at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.

Dr. Zeybek works on more-than-human collectives and ecologies, state violence, militarism and different constructions of manhood. His recent publications include a study of stray dogs in Istanbul, livestock killings in the Kurdish region of Turkey during the forced displacement of the Kurdish population in the 1990s or the criminalisation of goats during the appropriation of forests in the early Republican period of Turkey. He teaches on how agriculture, financial capital and human health relate to each other or how human’s treatment of animals has been affected by the energy systems humans could extract.

He also writes children’s stories.

Research interests

Cluster A
Postcolonial studies
Spatial-temporal formations of modernity

Cluster B
Land dispossessions
More-than- human collectives 
Animal Studies
Ecological Movements

Cluster C
Masculinity Studies & Militarism
Fatherhood & Parenting

Selected Articles

Citizenship and Objection to Military Service in Turkey In: Handbook of Citizenship, eds. Engin Isin and Jack Harrington, London: Routledge, 2014 [co-author Hilâl Alkan Zeybek]

Fraudulent” Citizens Of A Small Town: Occidentalism in Turkey

Antipode, Volume 44, Issue 4, 2012

Small Towns in Turkey: Footnotes in Somebody Else’s History

Journal of Historical Sociology, Volume 24, Issue 1, 2011

Geçmişle Yüzleşmek: Türkiye’de ve Almanya’da Hafıza Siyaseti [Politics of Remembering: A Comparison of Germany and Turkey], Cogito, Issue 90, 2018

Ekolojinin Politikası: Yeni Sınırlar, Yeni Aktörler [The Politics of Ecology: New Borders, New Actors], Toplum ve Bilim, Issue 138/139, 2016

Biyo-Politika, Güvenlik ve Anti-Piyasalar: Türkiye'de Endüstriyel Hayvancılığın Seyri [Biopolitics, Security, and Anti-Markets: Industrial Cattle Breeding in Turkey],Toplum ve Bilim, Issue 138/139, 2016

Fenni Ormancılığın Keçiler ve Köylülerle İmtihanı: Sömürge İmparatorluklarından Ulus Devletlere Orman Koruma [Scientific Forestry and Criminalised Goats: The Pursuit of Forest Preservation from Colonial Empires to Nation States], Toplum ve Bilim, Issue 137, 2016

İstanbul'un Yuttukları ve Kustukları: Köpekler ve Nesneler Üzerinden Bir İstanbul Tahlili [The Metropolis of Stray Dogs and Discarded Materials: Rescaling the City and Its Ecology], book chapter in Yeni İstanbul Çalışmaları, eds. Ayfer Bartu and Cenk Özbay, Istanbul: Metis Yayınları, 2014

Avrupa Düşüncesinin Talî Unsurları: Kölelik ve Sömürgecilik [Slavery and Colonialism in the European Enlightment], İnsan & Toplum3(6), 2013

"Bu Bebeğin Annesi Nerede?" Cinsiyet, Babalık ve Armağan İlişkileri [“Where is The Mother of This Baby?” Gender, Fatherhood and Gift Relations], Toplum ve Bilim, Issue 126,2013


International ACTIVITIES

The International Office offers  several activities, programs and projects in which you are warmly welcome to participate and mingle with other ASH-students.


We regularly organize German classes for beginners at the start of each new academic year. Even though our program is completely held and guided in English, we invite all our students to take the chance and learn a little bit more about Berlin and Germany.


The Education Roaming (eduroam) grants internet connectivity to all ASH students, teachers and staff both within the university as well as in other participating institutions, for example at other university campuses and libraries such as the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin).

Please click here for further instructions for registration according to your operating system (Windows, Mac OS X, Android or Iphone/Ipad). Should you face any difficulties, the staff of  the Computer Center of the ASH in Rooms 218 and 219 will gladly assist you.


No matter if you are vegan, vegetarian or just want to have a cup of coffee, studierendenWERK Berlin offers a variety of affordable canteens and cafeterias for students all over Berlin, and at ASH. Don't forget your student-ID for your student discount!

Be part of the university and utilize the various possibilities on further training, recreation as well as the in-house  students initiatives. 


Finding an appropriate accommodation ! The International Office provides you with a brief introduction on housing as well as a few facts on living in Berlin.

Kindly note that any application for a student dorm­­­ before to the admission to the MA-SWHR program may not be considered by the studierendenWerk


Are you looking for a way on how to balance student life and family life?  Do you wish to know more about alice barrier-free and its policy? Do you urgently need a special counselling due to fear of speaking, personal crises, or find personal difficulties in your studies in general? Feel free to reach out to us, and we will be happy to help or find you a contact person.


Although our university does not offer any financial support for graduate students yet, we, however, provide you with a distinctive compilation on institutions offering scholarships in our download section.

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Empowerment and Awareness

The Empowerment, Awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of ASH Berlin (EmpA) aims to improve the study conditions of international students, students with a refugee background and students of color through various offers such as PowerExperts, an expert Forum for international and BIPoC students to present their researches, or PowerTalk, where students can arrange individual and confidential talks with the EmpA team. You can find more information about EmpA and their offers here.


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