Prof. Dr. Andrea Schmelz

Fields of Teaching and Research

  • International Social Work, Social Development and Global Challenges (Migration, Climate change, populations in vulnerable situations, human rights etc.)
  • Development Politics and Practices, Civil Society
  • Social Work with Migrants and Refugees, Migration Governance and Politics
  • Diversity, Gender and Intersectionality
  • Transnational Social Work, Social Networks and Families
  • Citizenship Education, Global Education
  • Political Social Work
  • Peacebuilding, Memory Politics and Practices
  • Biographical Research, Oral History

University Activities

Director of International Relations, Department of Social Work and Health

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Andrea Schmelz holds a professorship in International Social Work and Global Development at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. After her studies in Political Science, Sociology and Modern History and her Ph.D. at Berlin Humboldt University, she has been working for more than two decades in politics and civil society engagement in the fields of migration, education and social issues as well as in international relations and international development cooperation.

Professional Memberships

  • German Association of Social Work
  • International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • European Social Work Research Association
  • German Association of Political Science
  • Network Forced Migration Studies
  • Bavarian Refugee Council
  • Network Migration in Europa