Research & Training

research program

The research programme is structured by three levels on which transitions are formed across the different life ages: discourses, institutions and individuals. These levels provide different entries into the analysis of the production and formation of transitions. In a way they serve as different foci of research. At the same time not only the different levels as such but how transitions are formed in an interplay between these levels. Phd students choose conduct empirical research on one of these levels, the postdoc project aims at integration of data analysis on all thee levels. All together the research training group provides a space in which different approaches can be related to each other.

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Projects

The research programme of Doing Transitions is constituted by the Phd and Postdoc projects of the research fellows. While PHD projects address primarily one life age and one level of formation and production of transitions, the Postdoc project aims at a more integrative perspective.

wdt_ID Titel Autor*in
1 „I would not have been able to talk like this earlier“ – reconstructing the way of speaking about experiences of sexual abuse in childhood and youth as biographical transitions Dipl.-Päd. Andrea Pohling 
2 Doing “Youth Initiations” - The Social Constitution and Arrangement of a Transition(-ritual) Dipl.-Päd. Julia Prescher 
3 Passing the high school diploma in adulthood in the context of biographical transition practices Noreen Eberle, M.A. 
4 „Governance und Übergänge in die stationäre Pflege – Eine international vergleichende Studie zur Steuerung und Regulierung von Übergängen in die stationäre Pflege im höheren Alter zwischen Milwaukee (Wisconsin) und Frankfurt (Hessen)“ Miriam Lehnert, M.A. 
5 "I am still on it, finding myself politically left" - A biographical study on politicisation in the the adolescence Jessica Lütgens, M.A. 
6 Growing up in an individualized society – modern childhood as a space of possibilities in the dialectical understanding of socialization and individuation Deborah Nägler, M.A. 
7 Der Übergang vom Mitarbeiter zur Führungskraft: Eine Analyse aus erziehungswissenschaftlicher Perspektive Simone Anton, M.A. 
8 The relevance of socio-pedagogical support for the creation and formation of transitions in the context of unequal educational background Heidi Hirschfeld, M.A. 
9 Die richtige Hilfe!? Passungsverhältnisse aus der Perspektive junger Menschen im Jugendjobcenter Dipl.-Sozialwiss. Bianca Lenz 
10 Doing Retiring - The Social Practices of Transiting into Retirement and the Distribution of Transitional Risks Anna Wanka 
Training Programme

The overarching of the research training group is establishing a research and training platform for young researchers who are interested in the formation and production of transitions in the life course. Doing Transitions is conceived as a cross-cutting and transdisciplinary thematic perspective. The training programme consists of five competence areas, some elements are compulsory while others can be chosen according to own needs and interest. Apart from supporting the research fellows with regard to their Phd and Postdoc projects it is also meant to assist them in their career planning. A key principle is cooperation with infrastructures and programmes existing already at the two universities, such as the Goethe Graduate Academy GRADE, the Graduate Academy of the University of Tübingen, the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), the DFG-funded graduate school LEAD (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development) as well as the networks „QualiNet WiSO“ and „QuantiNet WISO“ of the faculty for economics and social sciences of the University of Tübingen.