Prof. Susanne Elsen
Susanne Elsen studied Social Pedagogy, Educational Sciences, Sociology and Economics. She holds a doctorate from the University of Trier and a habilitation from the Technical University of Dresden. She gained professional experience in the fields of soft tourism development and sustainable urban and regional development. She is engaged in research and development in the fields of community-based labour market policy and solidarity-based economy. In 1999, Susanne Elsen became Dean of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Since 2010 she is Professor of Social Sciences at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano where she is currently the president of the degree courses in Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
Prof. Luca Fazzi
Luca Fazzi is full professor of Sociology and president of the degree course in Social Work at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento. He also works as contract professor for the Faculty of Education at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano. In addition to his research interests in the areas of welfare arrangements, local social policy making, and social innovation in and through social enterprises and third sector organisations, he extensively works on social work practice and social work education having his contributions published in high ranking international social work journals.
Prof. Yuri Kazepov
Yuri Kazepov is professor of International Urban Sociology and Compared Welfare Systems at the University of Vienna (Austria). He is a founding member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) and past-president of RC21 of the International Sociological Association. His fields of interest are urban governance, citizenship and urban quality of life, social policies in comparative perspective. On these issues, he has been carrying out comparative research and evaluation activities for the European Commission and many National Agencies. Among his publications we have (2005) Cities of Europe. Changing contexts, local arrangements and the challenge to social cohesion, Blackwell (ed.); (2010) Rescaling social policies towards multilevel governance in Europe, Ashgate (ed.); (2018) Western Capitalism in Transition. Global changes local challenges, Manchester University Press: Manchester (editor with A. Andreotti and D. Benassi).
Prof. Walter Lorenz
Walter Lorenz was professor of social work at University College, Cork in Ireland (1978-2001) and at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano (2001-2017) where he served also two terms as Rector. He is currently contract professor at Charles University Prague. A native of Germany, he qualified as a social worker at the London School of Economics and practised for 8 years in East London. His research interests cover current and historical aspects of European social work and social policy. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Ghent and Aalborg.
Prof. Sabine Stövesand
Sabine Stövesand is Professor of Social Work at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She works on social work theories and methods, with a particular focus on community work, on the politics of social work, and on gender and diversity issues. She is founder of “StoP – Stadtteile ohne Partnergewalt” and long-time board member and former president of the German Society for Social Work (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziale Arbeit).