Our current team is composed of Tetiana Havlin, Valentyna Bohatyrets and Stefan Kurtzner

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kutzner

Stefan Kutzner is sociology professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Siegen, focusing on social policies, welfare state, social structure analysis, employment, poverty and social inequality. Additionally, he is a frequent research fellow and guest lecturer at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where he was previously employed for more than 16 years.

Currently his research and writing are dedicated to youth unemployment in the EU, marriage migration from Turkey to Germany and comparative analysis of social policies in the European Union. Currently he is engaged in the national project dedicated to the youth transition to the labor market. He is a member of the editorial board of Social Sense (Sozialer Sinn). He has authored books Losers of Professional Training: Case Studies of Isolated Youth in the Process of Transition from Training to Labor Market (2018), Poverty despite of Work (2009), Working poor in Switzerland (2004).

After studying sociology with political science and philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt, he received his PhD (1996) and postdoctoral (2004) degrees from the same university.


Dr. Valentyna Bohatyrets

Valentyna Bohatyrets is researcher and lecturer, Deputy Head of Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Translation Studies at the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine.

Her specialization lies in political and translation studies, including policy of multiculturalism, ethnic and political management, digital and cultural diplomacy. Additionally, she works as an Associate Professor at Regional Centre for Re-training of Employees of Public Authorities, Officials of Civil Service and Local Government.

Currently her research and writing are devoted to EU integration, branding and cultural diplomacy, and cross-border cooperation. She is an author to a number of peer-reviewed articles dedicated to the issues of cultural and digital diplomacy, national branding and security: Ukrainian Institute as a strategic narrative of Ukraine’s positive image making (2018), Cultural Diplomacy as a vital tool of building international bridges and interactions (2017), Tolerance as the core-concept of the national reconciliation (2017).

Currently she is the member of the editorial board of the Journal of Historical and Political Issues of Contemporary World, Ukraine-Romania-Moldova: Historical, Political, and Cultural Relations in the Context of Modern European Processes, Modern Historical and Political Issues.

She obtained her MA degree in English Studies with distinction and her PhD in Political Science from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.

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Dr. Tetiana Havlin

Tetiana Havlin is sociologist, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sociology of the University of Siegen with a focus on European sociology, social structure analysis, social inequalities and sociology of migration.

Currently her research and writing are devoted to migration and integration in the EU, protest and social movements. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles dedicated to migration developments in the EU as well as European protest movements: Society on the Move – Research-based Teaching in the Field of Sociology of Migration (2019), Shift in Social Orders – Shift in Gender Roles? Migration Experience and Gender Roles (2015), Myths and Values of the European Union in Ukraine (2015). Currently I am co-editing a special issue on Family and the Media for The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics.

She has built her international academic network though membership in EUROSCI Network, by participating at the International summer schools at University of A Coruna in Spain and in the multiple international conferences across Europe, by teaching at different European and American universities, e.g. University of Iasi, Romanian, University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and University of Düsseldorf, Germany. Her teaching record of the last 10 years includes over 100 teaching hours.

She obtained BA and MA degrees with excellence from Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University and PhD degree from Karazin Kharkov National University in Ukraine.