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Prof. Dr. Elena Wilhelm

Prof. Dr. Elena Wilhelm

Prof. Dr. Elena Wilhelm

ZHAW President's Office
Higher Education Development
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 72 38

Personal profile

Management role

Director of Department, Higher Education Development

Position at the ZHAW

Head of Higher Education Development

Expertise and research interests

Architectural sociology
Educational historiography
Higher education development and management
History and theories of social work
History of Social Work
Project and research management
Qualitative research methods, ethnography, hermeneutics
Research of Social Work
Social theories
Theories of power
Theories of professions
Theories of Social Work

Educational background

Executive MBA University of Zurich.
2002-2004: Doctorate. University of Jena, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Dr. phil. I).
1988-1994: Licentiate and Diploma Studies (lic. phil. I and dipl. Social Work) (Social Work, Ethnology, Communication Studies). University of Fribourg.

Professional milestones

Since April 2013: Head of Higher Education Development, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
2009-2013: Head of the interdisciplinary focus in the building as a system, Head of Euresearch Regional Office in Lucerne, Head of Research and Development Support, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
2002-2009: Professor, Co-Leader Master’s Degree Programme, Coordinator R&D, Member of the University Management. School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.
2000-2002: Head of the Social Education Research Unit. Institute of Education, University of Zurich.
1997-2001: Lecturer/Professor. University of Applied Sciences Solothurn Northwestern Switzerland.
1995-1998: Research Associate. Institute of Education, University of Zurich, Department of Social Education.

Membership of networks


Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts