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Leonie Wetzel

Dipl. Päd./PhD Candidate

Activities within TRANSSOS:
Fellow Research Training Group
Working Group "Religion and Transnational Social Support"

Research Interests

  • Childhood, Children and Youth Services
  • Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • Biography and Coping Research
  • Religion (esp. Hinduism and Buddhism)
  • Gender and Concepts of Diversity
  • Qualitative Research (Grounded Theory and Ethnography)


  • Since 2011: Transnationality and Foster Care (Research Training Group "Transnational Social Support", funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG)


  • 06/2011 - 05/2014: PhD student and scholarship holder at the "Transnational Social Support" Research Training Group, University of Mainz, Institute of Education
  • 04/2010 - 03/2011: Research assistant at the "Transnational Social Support" Research Training Group, University of Mainz, Institute of Education
  • 09/2009 - 03/2010: Research assistant in organizing the 22nd DGfE congress, 2010 (German association for educational sciences) at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz
  • 03/2011: Obtained Diploma Degree in Educational Sciences at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz – main subject: social choices of children with migration history from the perspective of the Capability Approach  
  • 04/2009 - 03/2011: Studied Educational Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz
  • 07/2007 - 02/2009: Organized and ran a participation and exhibition project related to perceptions and future prospects of children and young people
  • 03/2007 - 02/2009: Management assistant at a Caritas association - consultant for public relations, further education und protection of children and young people
  • 10/2005 - 02/2007: Employee as contact person for receivers of statutory benefits
  • 09/2005: Obtained Diploma Degree in Social Economics (BA)
  • 10/2002 - 09/2005: Studied Social Economics at the Dual Academy Villingen-Schwenningen – key course elements in child and youth services and political participation of children
  • 09/2001 - 08/2002: Assistant for family and elderly care 


Leonie Wetzel