Board of Directors
Prof. Dr. Birgit Werner
is professor at the Institute for Special Needs Education. She specialises in the education of individuals with learning difficulties. Her research focuses, amongst other things, on the diagnosis and development of writing and mathematics skills in the case of social disadvantage and disability, and on the theoretical foundations for educational services aimed at developing skills and providing basic education.
PD Dr. Friedhelm Pfeiffer
is deputy head of the research department "Labour Markets and Social Insurance", ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research. In addition, Friedhelm Pfeiffer is a lecturer at the University of Mannheim, Department of Economics. Since 2009, Friedhelm Pfeiffer is a member of the section Economics of Education of the German Economic Association, since 2010 a member of the Mannheim Advisory Council on Education. In his research, Friedhelm Pfeiffer examines human capital formation over the life cycle, intergration in labor markets and the efficiency of education and labour market policies.
Dr. Christina West
is a research coordinator and director project coordinator of the Real-World Laboratory: Asylum Seekers "Urban Office – Sustainable Urban Development in a Knowledge Society" at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. West completed her transdisciplinary PhD in urban development at the University of Mannheim and in Barcelona. At the Chair of Economic Geography of the University of Mannheim, West has been a senior researcher in the fields of urbanism, utopia and heterotopia, value orientation, migration, research and transformation. West was stand-in professor for geography didactics at the University of Koblenz-Landau and in 2014 was a visiting scholar and coordinator for the "Urban Innovations" programme for the EU Academic Programme in Hong Kong. West's current research is focused on "Transversal Urbanism".
Dr. Georg Mildenberger
is Head of Research at Heidelberg University's Centre for Social Investment (CSI). Dr. Mildenberger's research interests lie in the fields of civic society and civic engagement. He is particularly interested in their contribution to social innovations. Mildenberger is also interested in methodologies which enable the effectiveness of non-profit organisations to be measured, and in the interdependence between various operational logics and sectoral actors.