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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology
Academic council for a limited period

Dr. Nikias Obitz

Focus of work

  • Participation in child and youth services
  • Children's rights and child protection
  • Qualitative and reconstructive social research
  • Participatory and qualitative research with children (action research)
  • Childhood research and childhood in Latin America/Colombia
  • Social inclusion in health and education
  • Poverty research, inequality research
  • Agency research
  • Practical experience in child and youth welfare

More information

since 01/09/2021

  • Temporary Assistant Professor, Institute for Social Pedagogy, Adult Education and Early Childhood Education (ISEP), Faculty 12 Educational Science, Psychology and Educational Research, TU Dortmund University of Technology

07/2021

  • Completion of PhD at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg Faculty I - Educational and Social Sciences "Self-organization of socially disadvantaged children and adolescents in Colombia: possibilities and perspectives of participation"

10/2018 - 08/2021

  • Research assistant at TU Dortmund University Faculty of Education, Sociology and Psychology, Institute for Social Pedagogy, Adult Education and Early Childhood Pedagogy

07/2015 - 09/2018

  • Associate member of the doctoral program "Cultures of Participation" Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

10/2014 - 09/2018

  • Doctoral Fellow of the Hans Böckler Foundation with the topic "Self-organization of socially disadvantaged children and youth in Colombia: possibilities and perspectives of participation" More information: here.

03/2014 - 08/2014

  • Research assistant at HAWK Hildesheim in the externally funded project "Participation through Empowerment" Head: Prof. Dr. Hermes

03/2008 - 06/2010

  • Master studies - Social Inclusion: Health and Education Ev. University of Applied Sciences Bochum R-W-L

03/2001 - 06/2006

  • Diploma Studies - Social Work / Social Pedagogy, Ev. University of Applied Sciences Bochum R-W-L

08/2006 - 07/2013

  • Katholische Jugendfürsorge Jugendhilfeverbund in Freising - social worker, social pedagogic family help - management of the practice model in the youth help independent living group/partially supervised living group for adolescents - social worker,management of all-day care, secondary school in Freising

06/2005 - 05/2006

  • State recognition, Dipl.-Soz.-Arb. / Dipl.-Soz.-Päd, school social work at the comprehensive school in Witten,district government Arnsberg
  • 06/2020- 07/2021 Scientific support of the research project DEMENZ DINGE in the Department of Design at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.
  • 03/2014 - 08/2014 Research assistant at the HAWK University of Applied Sciences Hildesheim in the third-party funded project "Participation through Empowerment", Head: Prof. Dr. Hermes

TU Dortmund Faculty of Education, Sociology and Psychology, since WiSe 2018/2019

MA Study LABG

  • Teaching research project 1+2 and 3

BA study Educational Science, elective subject Social Pedagogy

  • Specialization: Professionalism and competence to act

BA Study LABG

  • Conceptual challenges of early childhood

since 2019 Evangelische Hochschule Bochum: University of Applied Siences since SoSe 2019

BA Social Work Module 4.1

  • Seminar title: Participation in child and youth welfare services

Münster University of Applied Siences SoSe 2016

BA Social Work

  • Seminar title: He who says A must also say B - Of actors and participation in youth welfare services.

Rezensionen

  • 2018: Heiko Löwenstein, Mustafa Emirbayer (Hrsg.): Netzwerke, Kultur und Agency. Problemlösungen in relationaler Methodologie und Sozialtheorie, Beltz Juventa (Weinheim und Basel), 2017
  • 2018: Carsten Schröder (Hrsg.): Emotionen und professionelles Handeln in der
    Sozialen Arbeit - Eine Ethnographie der Emotionsarbeit im Handlungsfeld der Heimerziehung, Springer 2017
  • 2017: Silke Jakob (Hrsg.): Engagierte Jugendliche in der Gesellschaft - Bürgerschaft und Engagement in einer globalisierten Welt, Buderich Verlag, 2017
  • 2015: Wouter Vandenhole, Ellen Desment, Didier Reynaert, Sara Lembrechts (Hrsg.):Routledge International Handbook of Childrens Rights Studies. Routledge 2015
  • 2014: Christine Moritz (Hrsg.): Transkription von Videodaten in der Qualitativen Sozialforschung. Multidisziplinäre Annäherungen an einen komplexen Datentypus. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH (Wiesbaden) 2013
  • 2013: Wolf Rainer Wendt (Hrsg.): Zuwendung zum Menschen in der Sozialen Arbeit. Festschrift für Albert Mühlum. Lippe-Verlag (Lage) 2013.264 Seiten.
     

Zeitschrift und Bucheinträge

  • 2022: Silke Jakob, Nikias Obitz (Hrsg.) Sammelband Solidarität und Krise, Buderich Verlag
  • 2018: Hilse-Carstensen, Meusel, Zimmermann (Hrsg.) Sammelband „Freiwilliges Engagement und Soziale Inklusion Perspektiven eines gesellschaftlichen Phänomens in Wissenschaft und Praxis“, Praxisbeispiel „Soziale Inklusion von sozial benachteiligten Kindern und Jugendlichen in einer Selbstorganisation in Kolumbien- Citizenship von Kindersoldat*innen“
     

Beiträge in Periodika

  • 2014: „Was bedeutet für mich Glück?" in AMOS. Heft 1/2014. Seite 7–8
  • 2014: „Benposta - „Der gute Ort " - eine Republik von Kindern in Kolumbien in AMOS. Heft 1/2014. Seite 13

 

Invitations to speak (selection)

  • 06/2018 Giessen Graduate Center of Social, Economic and Legal Sciences of the GGS Workshop: Participation from the Actors Perspective at the Justus - Liebig University in Giessen, "Political Participation from Children in Colombia".
  • 03/2016 CSW Youth Forum 2016 UN Headquater New York, "Self organization of socially underprivileged children in Colombia".
  • 12/2014 "Symposium on the Prevention of violence against children" in cooperation with Bilgi University in Istanbul and District National Education Directorate, "Self Organization of socially underprivileged children in Colombia"
  • 06/2014 HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim, Holzminden, Göttingen Faculty of Social Work and Health "Children's Republic of Benposta in Colombia - (more) participation of children and adolescents?".
  • 05/2013 Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, BA Social Work Seminar input on the topic: "Participation of children and adolescents in Colombia - utopia or reality?"
  • 06/2013 DGSA Doctoral Colloquium EVH Bochum, "Self-help organizations of socially disadvantaged children and adolescents in Colombia and South Africa: possibilities of children's rights in everyday life".
  • 06/2013 Summer-School at the University of Applied Science St-Pölten, Austria PhD program "International Doctoral Studies in Social Work (INDOSOW), Self-help organizations of socially disadvantaged children and young people in Colombia and South Africa: possibilities of children's rights in everyday life
  • 05/2013 M.A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights at the Freie Universität Berlin Children's Republic BENPOSTA from Colombia.
  • 02/2013 2nd International Conference on Global Business Environment (ICGBE-2013) Role of Education and Technology, Bangkok, www.ifrnd.org, Self-help organizations of socially disadvantaged children and young people in Colombia and South Africa: possibilities of children's rights in everyday life.

(Poster) presentations

  • 12/2016 PhD student day of Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg "Self-help organizations of socially disadvantaged children and young people in Colombia: possibilities and perspectives of participation"
  • 10/2015 PhD Student Day of Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg "Self-organization of socially disadvantaged children and youth in Colombia: possibilities and perspectives of participation"
  • 10/2014 PhD Student Day of Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg "Self-organization of socially disadvantaged children and youth in Colombia: possibilities and perspectives of participation"
  • 06/2013 International Conference on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice EVH Bochum Bochum, Self-help organizations of socially disadvantaged children and adolescents in Colombia and South Africa: possibilities of children's rights in everyday life.
  • 04/2013 DGSA Annual Conference FH Frankfurt am Main, Perceiving, Analyzing, Intervening. Accesses to social realities, Your own shares in the systemic approach- mechanisms of action of SPFH/FH in the field of tension of financing models and dependencies of different actors in youth welfare.

2015

  • Participatory Social Research: A Systematic Introduction, KHSB in Berlin, directed by Prof. Dr. Michael Wright.
  • German Professional Association for Social Work (DBSH)

  • German Society for Social Work (DGSA)

  • German Society for Educational Sciences (DGFE)

  • German Society for Sociology (Sociology of Childhood) (DGS)

  • Paulo Freire Cooperation e.V.-Scientific Society-

  • Ruhr-University Bochum -Institute for Social Movements e.V.

  • German Korczak Society e.V.