Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy


As one of few research locations in Germany, the Leuphana University is currently establishing a polyvalent-geared research focus in social pedagogy. At the Institute, we conduct basic and applied research on both field-oriented and training-oriented topics. The professorships assigned to this focus at the Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy take an interdisciplinary and socio-scientific perspective, which ties on numerous internationally relevant research topics like child welfare/child protection; diversity (gender, generational, ethnic); (forced) migration; social work education; trust and client-provider-relationship; and social inequality. Research is characterized by the employment of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods-approaches. Decisive aspects of the institute´s research are its anchoring to the essential reference disciplines of social pedagogy (educational science, psychology and sociology), and  its interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. All research topics are geared around the overarching theme "social pedagogy in diverse societies". For additional information about the individual research of our institute members, please refer to the respective profiles.


Full-time degree programmes in social pedagogy at Leuphana College and Graduate School:

Part-time degree and certificate programmes in social pedagogy at Leuphana Professional School:

Doctoral Programme

At Leuphana University, you have the option to receive a PhD in social pedagogy that is embraced by the doctoral degree: Doctorate in Philosophy (Dr. phil.). Leuphana’s doctoral programme serves you with a respective Doctoral Research Group on Social Pedagogy/Social Work.

For more information on Leu­pha­na’s doctoral programme, please visit: