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Matthias D. Witte

Professor of Educational Science

Activities within TRANSSOS:
Member Research Training Group
Editor in Chief of TSR
Working Group "Youth and Transnationality"

Institutional Website:
Institute of Education, Mainz University

Research Interests

  • Child and Youth Welfare
  • Transnational Social Support
  • Youth, Transnationalization and Globalization
  • Social Work with the Body and Physical Movements
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Science


  • Since October 2012: Professor for Educational Science with an emphasis on Social Pedagogy, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany; member of the Research Training Group “Transnational Social Support” (2nd funding period) at the Universities of Mainz and Hildesheim, both Germany
  • 2010 – 2012: Professor for Adventure Pedagogy and Youth Studies, Philipps University Marburg, Germany; director of the programmes “Pedagogy of Adventure and Experience” and  “Transcultural European Outdoor Studies” (Erasmus-Mundus Master)
  • 2008 – 2010: Visiting professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for Anthropology and Sociology of Sports, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
  • 2008: PhD (Dr. phil) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany; title of the dissertation: “Jugendliche in intensivpädagogischen Auslandsprojekten” [Young people on intensive educational projects abroad]
  • 2005 – 2008: research fellow (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Institute of Pedagogy, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 2003 – 2005: Scholarship-holder as a doctoral student within the Research Training Group “Jugendhilfe im Wandel” (Changes in Youth Welfare) at the Universities of Bielefeld and Dortmund, both Germany
  • 2002 – 2003: research fellow (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Department of Pedagogy, University of Bielefeld


Matthias D. Witte
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Institute of Education
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
55099 Mainz, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 6131 39-22542
Fax: +49 (0) 6131 39-25995