Welcome to the Center of Competence for Social Intervention Research


Conference "Researching Social Interventions - Intervening Through Social Research" November 1st, 2019

Registration: 15.08.2019 - 15.10.2019

Contact: jahrestagung-komsi(at)fb4.fra-uas.remove-this.de



The Center of Competence for Social Intervention Research (KomSI) aims to develop social intervention research methodologically and theoretically and to strengthen its standing in the scientific community. KomSI investigates social challenges such as poverty, the situation of unemployed, marginalized and homeless persons, migrants and refugees, violence, criminality and radicalization, as well as interventions addressing these problems.

KomSI focuses on three main research areas: (1) the critical research of institutions of social work, (2) research of interactions between social work professionals and clients, and (3) profession research.

KomSI uses an interdisciplinary mode of research, e.g. integrating social-political, legal, economic and psychological approaches, and the conducted research is characterized by a diversity of methodologies. Special focus is placed on applied research and participatory approaches. The researchers have a high level of expertise in the field of intersectionality.


The Center of Competence:
Social Intervention Research

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Nibelungenplatz 1
60318 Frankfurt

10th Floor (Rooms 1020-1023)

Tel.: +49 69 1533-2887


Contact Methods Lab

Dr. Katrin U. Zaborowski

Center of Competence:
Social Intervention Research

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Nibelungenplatz 1
60318 Frankfurt

10th Floor, Room 1022

Tel.: +49 69 1533-3822



Prof. Dr. Julia Bernstein
Discrimination and Inclusion in the Immigration Society

Prof. Dr. Sarah Elsuni
Legislation of Social Work

Prof. Dr. Nicole Göler von Ravensburg
Social Economics

Prof Dr. Kerima Kostka
Child and Youth Welfare Services

Prof. Dr. Christian Kolbe
Local Welfare Policy and Poverty Prevention

Prof. Dr. Michaela Köttig (Speaker)
Communication, Communication Techniques and Conflict Resolution

Prof. Dr. phil. Michael Märtens
Advisor, intervention methods and intervention research

Prof. Dr. Stephanie Mehl
Clinical Psychology

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Oberlies
Legislation of Social Work

Prof. Dr. Claus Reis
Organisation of Social Work

Prof. Dr. Lotte Rose
Pedagogics of Child and Youth Work

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Schrader
Social Work with people in Precarious Life Situations

Prof. Dr. Larissa von Schwanenflügel
Child and Youth Work, Youth Education and Participation

Prof. Dr. Stefan Timmermanns
Sexual Education and Diversity in Social Work

Prof. Dr. Ute Zillig
Child and Youth Welfare with a special focus on Trauma Pedagogics

Methods Lab

An important part of KomSi is the Methods Lab, which advises researchers (students and teaching staff alike) in the realization of research activities in the field of social intervention research and supports them technically.

Support and assistance is offered in the following areas:

  • Development of research designs
  • Conception of empirical work
  • Advice on the collection and analysis of empirical data
  • Applying for research funding and conducting research projects

The discussion and development of research methods is supported by lectures, methodological workshops and seminars. The Methods Lab offers a stimulating research environment and also supports research-based learning in undergraduate and postgraduate social work programs.


The Center of Competence is intended as a place of exchange and networking between researchers, students, practice partners, social policy actors and the public. The main objective is the mutual transfer of research ideas and results into:

  • Research and Education through projects of research-based learning, advice on empirical work, the training of student assistants and participation in curricular discussions;
  • Science through the implementation of research projects, lectures, workshops and conferences as well as the support of scientific publications in the field of social intervention research;
  • Social Work practice through identifying areas in need of research, exchange and cooperation with social work practitioners in participatory and user-controlled intervention research.
  • The general public through discussion of research findings in social media and press releases as well as public lectures.
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