The Research Cluster

The LOSWAC research cluster consists of eight members. Since this project is initiated by a collaboration of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), the German Jordanian University (GJU), the Lebanese University (LU), and Yarmouk University in Jordan (YU), there are two members of each university included in the research cluster: one professor and one researcher student.

German Jordanian University (GJU)

Prof. Dr. Christine Hildebrandt (Supervising Professor, GJU)

  • Head of Social Work Department, SAHL, GJU
  • Professor for Social Work and Social Pedagogy
  • Doctor of Philosophy – University of Marburg, Germany
  • Instructor of Social Sciences and Sociology - Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Instructor of Social Sciences, Social Work and Health – Frankfurt University

Expertise: Theories, concepts and methods of Social Work; intercultural communication and transnational virtual counselling & supervision.

Da’ad Nazzal (research assistant; GJU)

  • German Instructor and interpreter
  • Research assistant at the Social Work Department, SAHL, GJU.

Expertise: language acquisition; intercultural communication; education and youth training; migration and refugee studies; political and democratic processes in Europe and in the MENA region.

Yarmouk University (YU)

Prof. Dr. Ayat J.J. Nashwan (Supervising Professor, YU )

  • Director of Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Forced Migration Studies Center
  • Associate Professor at the Sociology and Social Work Department
  • Member of Yarmouk University Questionnaires Design for Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of various Sociology Department committees e.g. Social Committee, Quality Assurance Committee…etc.
  • Member of Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty of Arts, Yarmouk University

Expertise: Social Work polices; field of Syrian refugee youth in Jordan (esp. early marriages; humanitarian access (pathways for refugees from transit to safe havens)

Mustafa Abu Serdaneh (research assistant, YU) [until October2019]

  • Mental health psycho social support (MHPSS) projects manager
  • social psychologist

Expertise: Mental health and psychosocial field; field training with youth refugees in Jordan; host communities and the sustainable development goals 

Fida'a Hussein (research assistant, YU) [from October 2019]

  • Community interpreter and translator in a mental health project for refugees

Expertise: Community interpreting, sociology of translation, refugees studies, and mental health programmes in Jordan

Lebanese University (LU):

Prof. Dr. Rania Mansour (Supervising Professor, LU ):

  • Chief of Social Work Department, Lebanese University
  • Instructor at Haigazian University, Lebanon
  • Lead Trainer, SMART Center for Media Advocacy and Training
  • Coordinator, Social Work Department, National Association for Social Care and Vocational Training
  • Vice President of UPEL association (Union pour la Protection de l’Enfance au Liban)
  • Secretary of Social Work Arab Association (SWA)

Expertise: Social intervention with individuals and families; field training with individuals, families, groups and communities; psychosocial support; case management; crisis intervention

Aimée Ghanem (researcher assistant, LU )

  • Instructor and field trainer in Social Work: group and community intervention
  • Monitoring and Evaluation consultant
  • Part time lecturer at Lebanese University

Expertise: Youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes; child protection programmes; advocacy and social development; citizenship and environment

University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS)

Prof. Dr. Ralf Roßkopf (Supervisor Professor, FHWS) [until Aug. 2019]

  • Head of project
  • Professor for Law, Fundamentals of Law and Social Work in the Migration Society

Expertise: Migration and Refugee Law; International and Human Rights Law; Constitutional and Public Law; Social Law

Prof. Dr. Hannah Reich (Supervisor Professor, FHWS) [from Aug. 2019]

  • Head of project
  • Professor for Artistic and Movement oriented Methods in Social Work; Radicalization Prevention, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding;

Expertise: Inclusive Societies, Social Cohesion and Social Change; Peace Education Practice and Research; Interactive Theatre and Conflict Transformation; Experienced based and participatory Learning processes; Personal Development, Stress and Conflict Management

Stefanie Witter (research assistant; FHWS)

  • Research assistant at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, FHWS

Expertise: Resettlement process to the European Union; migration studies, social development and transitional justice in Southern Africa; Culture of Remembrance