Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany

The Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF) is one of nine public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Surrounded by the North Sea to the west, the Baltic Sea to the east and the German-Danish border just seven kilometres to the north, the EUF is Germany’s northernmost university. Its peripheral anchoring in a unique historical, cultural and linguistic region with three regional/minority languages (Danish, Frisian and Low German) as well as its cross-border cooperation and international orientation is a point of pride. A thriving institution, the EUF boasts 6,256 students and 666 academic, administrative, and technical staff, all of whom contribute to its commitment to education and research.

Founded in 1946, the EUF originated as a teacher-training college. It became a university in 1994, and was renamed the Europa-Universität Flensburg in 2014. The EUF remains dedicated to its pedagogical portfolio, but at the same time, its agenda has expanded considerably in terms of Europeanization, internationalization, sustainability, and visibility. This can be seen in the two core research centres: the Center for Research on Education, Teaching, Schooling and Socialization (ZeBUSS) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (ICES). Furthermore, there will soon be a third research centre in transformation and sustainability studies. In addition to the BA- and MA- in Education, the EUF also offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in European Studies, European Cultures and Society, Transformation Studies, and Culture – Language – Media (all of which are offered in English or bilingually). 

The EUF is strongly committed to the objectives of equality, inclusion, and diversity, having attained the most balanced and equitable gender distribution among professors and researchers among German HEIs. Through its internationalisation and refugee integration activities, EUF is increasing both the international composition and the intercultural and multilingual competences of its students and staff. 

The Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF) embodies European values and emphasises equality, sustainability, and diversity. EUF fosters a balanced internationalisation process and collaboration with partner universities worldwide and invests in structures and resources to support linguistic outreach and intercultural awareness.


Sandra Frey

Sandra Frey has been part of the research and teaching staff of the Department of Philosophy at the Europa-University in Flensburg since 2018. She obtained her PhD from the Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg and has held various positions at the Philosophy Seminar at the Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg and the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, where she also studied philosophy, psychology, and political science. Her research focuses not only on didactics of philosophy, but also on philosophy of mind, philosophy of culture, inter-/transcultural education and the philosophy of Baruch de Spinoza. She recently reserved a grant (Lehrfond / teaching fund) from the EUF for her collaborative seminar with colleagues from University College South Denmark (UC SYD) on the topic “Minorities as windows to the world: Education and Diversity”. Within Project TRIP, she is part of the PR1 local team. 



Judith Hanke

Judith Hanke is a doctoral candidate in the Institute for Special Education, in the Department of Inclusion and Development Support. She specializes in reading support, encompassing digitalization, formative assessment, inclusion, and reading strategies. Currently, she is engaged in a study for the DaF-L (digital supportive diagnostics integrated into everyday life - reading in inclusive education) project. This study involves testing digitally developed reading packages through an ABA-study conducted at elementary schools. In addition to her primary focus, Judith Hanke possesses expertise and holds a keen interest in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), choice boards, double didactics, and blended learning. She is a member of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR), the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Steering Committee of the EUF International Staff Network. She is part of the local team for PR1 at the EUF. 


Carlotta Kühnemund

Carlotta Kühnemund has been a staff member of the Quality Management (QM) Department at the Europa-Universität Flensburg since September 2018. She has previously held the position of a research assistant in the programme coordination of Erasmus Mundus Master EMMIR at the University of Oldenburg. She graduated from a social sciences study program at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. During her studies, she spent intensive research and study periods abroad in Portugal and Sweden. She is the Project Coordinator of TRIP at the EUF, providing her expertise in an organizational capacity for PR1, PR2, and PR3. She is also the Quality Management contact for PR3.




Katherine Rheinländer

Kathrin Rheinländer is academic manager and head of Continuing Professional Education (ZWW) at the Europa-Universität Flensburg and at the Universität Vechta in Germany. She holds a PhD (summa cum) in Educational Sciences from TU Braunschweig and habilitated at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. The main fields of her work and research are teacher education research, higher education research, higher education didactics, teacher education, and teacher training. She initiated the “ReflActive Teaching” certificate at the EUF and she is also a founding member of the International Staff Network’s Steering Committee. She is part of the local team for PR1 at the EUF. 



Marie-Christine Vierbuchen

Marie-Christine Vierbuchen has been Professor for Special Education in the field of Learning at the Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF) since 2021. Currently, she is speaker of the Institute for Special Education at the EUF, member of the board of directors of ZeBUSS and in other scientific advisory boards. She focuses on the diagnosis of and support for learning difficulties, school-based inclusion, and teacher education for inclusion. Furthermore, she is interested in the contexts of ESD and digitalization in inclusive settings (e. g. DAAD project SEN-T3 with Iraqi universities, DYSMATE with Norway). She is involved in the Association for Special Education (vds, Verband Sonderpädagogik) Schleswig-Holstein as a speaker for teacher training and further education. She is also a lecturer at the Heilpädagogische Akademie in Cologne and active at the University of Oldenburg (C3L) in advanced training in special education. She is part of the local team for PR1 at the EUF. 



Michelle Witen

Michelle Witen is Junior Professor of English and Irish Literature in the Department of English at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. She obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, her MA and BA from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and she has also worked at the University of Basel as a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow. She is the author of James Joyce and Absolute Music, and has published widely on James Joyce, Modernism, literature and music, the nonhuman, Victorian literature, Lewis Carroll, and children’s literature. She is the Co-Chair of the EUF International Staff Network, a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies as well as the postcolonial and gender networks. Since September 2023, she is also the Director of the EUF Centre for Irish Studies. She is the Project Leader of PR1 of TRIP and also participates in PR3. 


Hedwig Wagner

Hedwig Wagner holds a professorship for European Media Studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF), Germany, since 2016. At the EUF, she has been a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (ICES) since 2018, a member of the ICES directory board from 2018 to 2022, and Head of German Studies Institute since 2023. Her main research foci are: Geo-Media; European Media Studies; Memory Studies: European discourses of commemoration; Interculturality in Academia and Gender and Media. She was also the German lead of the Erasmus+ Project: CODES: Communication, Cultural Diversity and Solidarity from 09/01/17 - 09/01/21 on discourses of interculturality and its construction in the professional field. Her most recent publication is the co-edited collection Media Discourse of Commemoration - The Centenary of World War One in Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2022). She is part of the local team for PR1 at the EUF. 


Stephanie Stiegel

Stephanie Stiegel is Junior Professor of Ecology & Sustainability at the Institute of Biology and its Didactics at Europa-Universität Flensburg. Her current projects include application-oriented research on agroforestry systems and the establishment of a teaching-learning laboratory for interdisciplinary and transformative education for sustainable development. For her doctorate in natural sciences, she conducted research on microclimatic effects on Central European deciduous tree species in the forest and their interaction with herbivory at the University of Hildesheim. She is a trained biologist in the fields of botany, nature conservation and tropical/subtropical crop production with a diploma from the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. Her teaching activities at the university include ecological topics (restoration ecology and ecosystem management) and education for sustainable development, including playful methods such as digital Educational Escape Rooms for sustainability teaching. She has also completed further training as a consultant for global learning. She will participate as institutional coordinator/mentor for the topic Environment in PR2 of the TRIP project. 


Tania Meyer

Tania Meyer is Professor of Theatre in Education and Head of the Department at the Institute for Aesthetic-Cultural Education at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. She has also worked at the University of Potsdam, where she did her PhD, and the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg on areas pertaining to gender and race. Her teaching and research focus is on postdramatic and performative strategies and concepts in contemporary theatre and theatre in education. Cultural Studies/Visual Studies, with focus on theatre and discrimination, is also an important part of her portfolio. She has worked in projects at different theatres in Germany and in Delhi/India. She will participate in PR2 of TRIP on the topic Gender. 


Pascal Delhom

Dr. Pascal Delhom is an academic counsellor and lecturer in the Philosophy Department at EUF. He studied French literature and philosophy in Geneva, came to Germany on a scholarship for two years at the beginning of 1989, and has stayed. During his doctorate he taught French and worked as a news translator and speaker at Deutsche Welle. After completing the doctorate at the University of Bochum on Emmanuel Levinas, he taught philosophy as a lecturer at the University of Lüneburg. A project position on peace research brought him to Vechta for a year, and since October 2004 he has been working at Europa Universität Flensburg. In 2023 he completed his habilitation. Within Project TRIP, he is taking part in PR2, focusing on gender.


Inken Carstensen-Egwuom

Inken Carstensen-Egwuom is a feminist geographer working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. Her most recent work engages with approaches to reparatory justice in the context of enslavement and colonialism, and with colonial legacies in European harbor cities and related (sugar) plantation economies. Based on her teaching practice in courses on Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development in teacher education, she deals with curriculum development as well as research on these educational fields. Furthermore, she has researched and published on intersectionality and transnational migration. She is an active member of the “Flensburg Postkolonial” Network as well as the EUF’s gender network. She is involved in developing the teaching materials on “Race” in PR2 and will participate as institutional coordinator/mentor for the topic “Race”.