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Dr. Christoph Mattes

Dr. Christoph Mattes

Dr. Christoph Mattes

Undergraduate and postgraduate education and work experience


  • 1993 - 1998: Studied social work at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg im Breisgau, specialising in rehabilitation and assistance for delinquents
  • 1998 - 2001: Studied business administration at the Administration and Business Academy in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 2002 - 2003: Postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Free University of Berlin, Department of Educational Sciences, field of work social pedagogy
  • 2007: PhD submitted with the title: First courted - then punished. A criticism of the treatment of consumer indebtedness by social work. Viva on 13.02.2007

Career milestones

  • 1996 - 2009: Social worker at the Wilhelm Oberle Foundation in Staufen, Germany
  • 2005 - 2015: Research associate in various organisational units of the School of Social Work of the FHNW, most recently at the Institute for Social Planning and Urban Development.
  • Since 2015: Lecturer at the Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development at the School of Social Work, FHNW
  • 2016 - 2018: MAS Consulting, Supervision and Coaching in Organisations. ZHAW Institute for Applied Psychology, Zurich

Main focus

  • Debt, debt counselling and debt prevention
  • Advising, supervision and coaching
  • Poverty, life situations and social inequality
  • Social planning and social policy

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