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Kathrin Klein-Zimmer


Activities within TRANSSOS:
Fellow Research Training Group
Section Editor "Book Review" of TSR

Working Group "Transnational Knowledge"
Working Group "Youth and Transnationality"



Research Interests

  • Youth and Transnational Research
  • Migration Research and Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Biography/Ethnography)


  • Since 2013: Boundary Work in Pedagogical Institutions for Young Adults
  • Since 2013: Trans/Knowledge. Translation of Knowledge in Transnational Contexts (founded by the German Research Foundation)
  • 2008 - 2012: Cross-Border Practices and Belongings of Young Adults of Indian Origin. NegotiatingSecond Generationness in Germany. (Institute of Educational Sciences/DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1474, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, PhD-Project)
  • 2005-2009: Cultural Capital during Migration. Towards the relevance of education titles and residence permits for the status passage into the labour market (founded by Volkswagen Foundation, Germany)


  • Since 11/2010: Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of Mainz
  • 2012: PhD degree, title: TRANSformation. Life Worlds of Young Adults in the Context of Generation and Migration. An Ethnographical and Biographical Study.
  • 2010 - 2012: PhD study and lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of Mainz
  • 2008 - 2010: PhD study and scholarship holder at the Research Training Group "Transnational Social Support", University of Mainz, Institute of Education
  • 2006 - 2008: Master degree in "Education and Social Work" at the University of Siegen - title of the master thesis: Relevance of Social Networks as a Resource within the Educational Life Course of Second Generation Indian Migrants
  • 2008: Research visit at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • 2006-2008: Research assistant in the project "Cultural Capital During Migration" (VW Foundation, Germany), member of the study group at the University of Siegen, Department of Sociology
  • 2006: Research visit - ethnographical field work in West-Bengal, India
  • 2001 - 2006: Degree in Educational Science and Social Work, University of Siegen - title of the thesis: Life Worlds of Children in an Indian Tribal Community, the Santals: an ethnographic field work