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TRANSSOS – The Research Center for Transnational Social Support

Due to increasing border crossing of people, social relations, and organizations nation states and their key institutions are being transformed, as these social flows transcend national borders and connect formerly different social worlds together. Social work and other support systems are highly influenced by these border crossing developments. However, so far social work is just beginning to systematically reflect and study them.

The Research Center for Transnational Social Support (TRANSSOS) responds to these challenges and aims at the transnational opening and development of social work and related fields. It offers an institutional framework for the systematic advancement of transnational social work. It is structured by four programme areas:

TRANSSOS is located at the Institute of Education at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Institute of Social Work and Organization Studies at the University of Hildesheim, both Germany.

TRANSSOS has an international and interdisciplinary orientation. International cooperation is of special importance to us.

For a brief overview please download the flyer.



International Conference: Transnationalisation and Knowledge

We are pleased to announce the international conference on “Transnationalisation and Knowledge - The Ubiquity of Translation and the Crisis it Faces”, which will take place at the University of Trier (Germany) from October 12-14,...Read more


New Special Interest Group Transnational Social Work (TRANSOW) within ESWRA

Transnational social work significantly challenges social work research. It raises the question of how transnational phenomena and processes can be captured empirically. It requires a reflexive turn with regard to concepts,...Read more