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Dr. Martina Koch

Dr. Martina Koch

Dr. Martina Koch

Undergraduate and postgraduate education and work experience


  • 2010-2014: Doctoral studies “Organisation and Culture” at the University of St. Gallen, Doctorate: Dr. rer. soc. in September 2014
  • 2012/2013: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Research Management at the University of Bern
  • 2001-2008: Masters in Sociology, German Language and Literature and Philosophy in Basel, Freiburg i.B. and Bologna; graduated (lic. phil.) in May 2008

Career milestones

  • Since September 2014: Research associate, Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban Development ISOS, School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Basel; working in research, education and training
  • April 2011 to August 2014: Research assistant for research and development, University Centre, School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, Olten; research assistant
  • October 2010 to February 2011: Research assistant at the Department of Sociology, University of St. Gallen: Collaboration in the international research project “In the service of public goods: actors, institutions, practices”, funded by SNF, DFG and FWF
  • February 2008 to November 2010: Research assistant at the Institute for Professional Research and Cooperative Knowledge in Education, School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland: Collaboration in the project “Interinstitutional cooperation in the Swiss Welfare State”, funded by the SNSF

Main focus

Martina Koch researches and publishes on the subject of construction of difference (processes of un/doing difference such as ethnicity, gender, the ability to work, competence in bringing up children, age, etc.) in the context of street level bureaucracy. She is also interested in the intervening/visiting role of social work and its organisational constitution.

She is co-editor of the series "Schriften zur Sozialen Frage" at Seismo (with Christoph Maeder, Eva Nadai and Jean-Pierre Tabin) and co-coordinator of the research committee "Social Problems" of the Swiss Society for Sociology (SGS) (with Felix Bühlmann), as well as a member of the expert commission "Research" of the Swiss Society for Social Work (SGSA).

Martina Koch is in charge of the BA 273 module "Integration and Participation" (with Esteban Piñeiro) and teaches methods of scientific work and writing in education (BA, MA) and continuing education (CAS). She also supports student projects (BA theses, portfolios, research workshops).

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