University of Hamburg

Universität Hamburg is the largest and most diverse research and educational institution in northern Germany. As one of the country’s largest universities, it offers a diverse range of taught programmes coupled with excellent research. Universität Hamburg offers approximately 170 degree programmes in the following six faculties : Faculty of Law ; Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences ; Faculty of Medicine ; Faculty of Education, Psychology and Human Movement ; Faculty of Humanities ; Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences.

The AGILE project will be carried out by the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Hamburg, which have a long experience in international cooperation in the fields of linguistic and cultural diversity, sustainable development and teacher education. More specifically, the theme aggregating the research in the Faculty of Education is “dealing with diversity”, a theme that encompasses several issues related to this call and this specific project : linguistic and intercultural competences as transversal skills in teacher education, inclusion, transfer between research and outreaching initiatives, and sustainability in teacher education.

Regarding the staff involved in the Project :

  • Prof. Dr. Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer (ORCID 0000-0002-7371-3293) is a full professor in the Faculty of Education.
  • Prof. Dr. Kristin Bührig ( is a full professor at the Faculty of Humanities.
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Schroeder (Orcid 0000-0002-4885-3526), is a full professor at the Faculty of Education.
  • Lisa Marie Brinkmann (Orcid 0000-0003-3217-7399) is a research assistant at the Faculty of Education.
  • Franziska Gerwers (Orcid 0000-0003-2190-8790) is a research assistant at the Faculty of Education.

Our team has been involved in several national, European and international projects on issues related to social issues such as German as a Second Language, the articulation of formal and informal learning, the promotion of linguistic and cultural diversity, the integration of minority and minoritised ethnic, cultural, and linguistic groups, and sustainable development.

Within the Erasmus Plus project CoMMITTEd (“CoMMiTTEd - Covid, Migrants and Minorities in Teacher Education”), coordinated by Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer, her team created a databank of Fake News with pedagogical purposes, namely dismantling fake news related to migrants and refugees. She is also the coordinator of the German project “ProCONCEPT - Proof of concept : crisscrossing migrant families and teachers perspectives on co-education and integration through plurilingual and intercultural dialogues. She is part of the Brazilian research group “NEPESUL”, which tackles the challenges of integrating refugees in HE in Brazil, in connection with Sergio Vieira de Mello research associations (supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR).

In addition to the acquisition of German as a second language, Kristin Bührig takes part on the network "Postmigrant Family Cultures", in Hamburg.

Joachim Schroeder has conducted numerous research projects on the reaction of education systems to refugee immigration, many practical projects and evaluations on refugee-sensitive teaching and school development. He is the speaker of the Cooperative PhD Program “Ignored Topics of Refugee Research”, between the Faculty of Education at the University of Hamburg and several other German universities.

Our team coordinates WorkPackage 2 (Landscape analysis of Higher Education crisis support mechanisms for refugee students”) and collaborates strongly and directly in the development of the project’s other products.

Contact :

Prof. Dr. Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer :