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Research interests:

  • Return Migration, Transnationalisation and Development
  • Social Networks, Social Capital and Social Support
  • International Development Co-Operation, Poverty Reduction and NGOs
  • Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Qualitative Social Research (esp. Social Network Analysis, Narrative Interview, Grounded Theory)

Research projects:

since 2015: Home – The place to be?: The Meaning of the Local, the Co-Presence and the Family in Return Visits

2008-2014: TransREmigration. A Transnational Social Work Perspective on Return Migration
(PhD thesis, Institute of Education, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany)

2007-2008: Transnational Project Collaborations and Partnership Relations from NGOs in the German-Kenyan Development Cooperation (Diploma thesis, Institute of Education, University of Trier/Germany)

Vita

Professional Experience

since 08/2015: Postdoctoral researcher in the research training group on “Transnational Social Support”, founded by the German Research Foundation, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany

04/2014-08/2015: Lecturer and Researcher, Institute of Education, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany

10/2011-08/2015: Manager of TRANSSOS – The Research Center for Transnational Social Support and Managing Editor of Transnational Social Review - A Social Work Journal (TSR), Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany

05/2011-09/2011 Research assistant in the context of the „Research Cluster Transnational Social Support“, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany

08/2008-09/2011: PhD-scholarship holder and doctoral researcher in the research training group “Transnational Social Support”, founded by the German Research Foundation, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany

Education

12/2014 PhD at the Institute of Education, Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany (Dr. phil.)

04/2002-07/2008 Studies in educational sciences, Focus: Social Work, University of Trier/Germany (Diploma, Dipl.-Päd.)

Memberships

GERA – The German Educational Research Association/DGfE – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft

ESWRA – The European Social Work Research Association

TRANSSOS – Research Center for Transnational Social Support

ASAUK – African Studies Association of the UK

INSNA – International Network for Social Network Analysis

RNNR –  Research Network Network Research

IUAES  –  International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

Reviewer for

Journal of Sociology/Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ZfS)

Transnational Social Review - A Social Work Journal (TSR)

6th European Conference for Social Work Research 2016 (ECSWR)

Social Networks. An International Journal of Structural Analysis

Functions

Representative of the academic mid- level faculty in the leading committee at the Institute of Education at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (since 08/2014)

Contact

Claudia Olivier
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Institute of Education
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
55099 Mainz, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 6131 3930341
Fax: +49 (0) 6131 3930329

Email: olivier@uni-mainz.de