Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Felder

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Professorship for Inclusive Education and Disability Research at the Faculty of Philosophy and Education and Center for Teacher Education

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Curriculum Vitae: 


born 1976 in Zug, Switzerland
1992-1997 Training as a primary school teacher
1997-2000 Worked as a primary school teacher
2000-2005 Studied special education, business administration and film studies at the University of Zurich
2000-2005 Employee in a residential group for people with disabilities and teacher for reading and writing courses for people with cognitive impairments
2006 Project manager at the University of Applied Sciences for Special Needs Education (HfH), Zurich
2006-2016 Head of the Department of Society and Disability at the Paulus Academy in Zurich
2007-2010 Research Assistant at the Graduate Program for Interdisciplinary Ethics Research, Ethics Center of the University of Zurich
2009 Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University College London
2010 Doctorate in Special Education and Philosophy, University of Zurich
2012-2016 Senior Assistant, Department of Education, University of Zurich, Chair of Special Education, Education and Inclusion
2016-2017 Visiting Research Fellow, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2017-2018 Visiting Research Fellow Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs, School of Education, University of Birmingham
2019 Deputy Chair of the Department of Special Education, Education and Integration, University of Zurich
2019 Substitute Professor for the Foundations of Special Needs Education, University of Koblenz-Landau
2018-2020 Honorary Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Birmingham
since September 2020 Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Research at the Institute of Education at the University of Vienna


Research areas:

* Theoretical and ethical-normative foundations of inclusion pedagogy
* Ethical-normative discourse research in inclusion education, in particular with regard to inclusion, justice, recognition, human well-being and disability
* Scientific-theoretical questions of inclusion education

"On the one hand, my research helps us to understand exactly what we mean when we call for inclusion or equal opportunities. And on the other hand, it shows us why it is important to act on these motives." (Franziska Felder)