Category Archives: Research

Conference “Health in Diversity, Diversity in Health?”

From March 12th-14th, 2019, the 2nd South-East African and European Conference on Refugees and Forced Migrants: Health in Diversity, Diversity in Health? that I co-organized with Dr. Sellah Lusweti from Pwani University took place in Kilifi, Kenya.

The conference presented African and European perspectives on diversity and health, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach (political science, law, economics, sociology, anthropology, medicine) in order to offer a broad analysis of different health and diversity-related issues. We will be publishing the conference papers in a edited volume with Springer VS at the beginning of next year.

In the meantime, please check out the anthology for the last refugee and migration conference in 2016 that I co-edited with Prof. Ulrich Becker and Prof. Elisabeth Wacker. The book, titled Refugees and Forced Migrants in Africa and the EU: Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Challenges and Solutions, is available following this link or can be accessed via SpringerLink.

Contribution to “EUreka!” Research Blog!

I’m very happy that I was asked to contribute to EUreka!, the research blog on the EU and the European Parliament elections launched by the Eurac Research Institute for Comparative Federalism.

I wrote a blogpost on political participation as a fundamental right, explaining voting rights exclusion and recent developments regarding persons with disability in Germany. My article is available following this link.

Workshop on diversity in modern societies!

From February 20-22, 2019, the Max Planck Fellow Group “Dis[cover]ability and Indicators for Inclusion” and the Chair of Sociology of Diversity at TUM held a workshop on diversity in modern socities at Ringberg Castle, a Conference Site owned by the Max Planck Society.

Prof. Günther Pallaver from the University of Innsbruck and Prof. Max Haller from the University of Graz joined us for two days of discussing diversity issues and the latest findings from our research projects.

You can find the program here

In-House Seminar at Eurac Research!

On July 20th, 2018 I was invited to present my research in the Eurac Institute For Comparative Federalism‘s In-House Seminar!

I was a guest researcher at the Institute from May to August 2018, and the In-House Seminar provided me with a great opportunity to share some preliminary findings with an expert audience.

Thanks to the researchers who came to spend their Friday with me, and for the fruitful discussion and food for thought!

Planet Science Talks at UniBZ!

On May 17th, 2018, I participated in the “Planet Science Talks” Series organized by the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano and by the Südstern Planet Science Network as part of the Studium Generale offered by the university.

My presentation gave a broad introduction to the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in South Tyrol and Bavaria, and I was able to connect with public officials working on the subject as well as with representatives of self-representation organizations after the talk. I’d like to thank Planet Science and the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano for this valuable opportunity to share and discuss my research!

Guest Researcher at EURAC!

I’m delighted to announce that I will be a guest researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism, EURAC Research (Bozen/Bolzano, Italy) from May until August 2018.

I will be conducting field work for my research project on the political participation of persons with disabilities at the regional level, and I’m looking forward to discuss my findings with the experts at EURAC Research!

Presentation at the 2018 “Buddies for Refugees” Kick-Off!

On March 22th, 2018 I gave a presentation at the kick-off event for the 2018 “Buddies for Refugees” program at TUM. I had already taken part in the first program in 2015, so I was very happy to be invited back for another talk, focusing on the political and societal events that took place in the three years since my first presentation in the buddy program.

More information on “Buddies for Refugees” can be found here.

Photo credit: Junge Akademie / Dennis Rivera

New publication!

The article I’ve written together with my former Max Planck colleague, Dr. Laura Dobusch, has now been published by the Zeitschrift für Führung und Personalmanagement in der Gesundheitswirtschaft.

Our paper talks about the challenges posed to health care systems by migratory movements and increasingly diverse societies, and looks at how diversity management practices may be helpful in dealing with these issues. The full issue of the ZFPG can be found here.

New Publication!

I’m very happy to announce that my paper “A Common Commitment: Civil Society and European Solidarity in the ‘Refugee Crisis'” has just been published in a volume edited by Timofey Agarin and Nevena Nancheva titled A European Crisis: Perspectives on Refugees, Solidarity and Europe (Ibidem Press, 2018).

The book analyzes the links between refugee migration and the perception of Europe in crisis, by looking at the construction of crisis narratives and the erosion of European core-concepts like solidarity. My article can be found here. The edited volume is available for purchase in all online bookstores, e.g. here.