Short CV/Education and training

  • 1977 – 1980
    University of Cooperative Education D-Villingen Schwenningen, Social Work

  • 1982 – 1994
    University education: University of Zürich, Switzerland, Educational Sciences, Social Pedagogics, Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Studies

  • 1994
    PhD in Social Pedagogics

  • 1994 – 1998
    University of Applied Sciences CH-Solothurn, Professor FHS, Director of practical training and member of the school board

  • 2000 – 2007
    University of Applied Sciences, CH-St. Gallen, researcher and lecturer

  • Since 2006
    University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Professor FHS, researcher and lecutrer

  • 2010
    University of Siegen, Germany, Research Institut for the Humanites and Social Sciences, visiting Professor, Diesterweg Fellowship

Selected publications

  • Click here to read a recent publication in EJSW called "Generating productive citizens or supporting the weak? Ambivalences and contradictions in working with young welfare recipients".

  • Hauss, Gisela (2015). "Wir sind hier keine Phantasiefirma". Eingliederung zwischen Betrieb, Amt und Beratung." In: Geisen, Thomas/Ottersbach, Markus (Hg.). Arbeit, Migration und Soziale Arbeit. Prozesse der Marginalisierung in modernen Arbeitsgesellschaften. Wiesbaden: Springer.

  • Hauss, Gisela (2014). Selective Welfare: Paradigmatic Twists in Social Work Practice. In: Special issue: journal Druzboslovne razprave. (76). S. 7-20.

  • Hauss, Gisela (2014). "She's a migrant, she's got children, and she's a single mother". Welfare Programmes as Sites for the (Re)Commodification of Mothers. In: Harrikari, Timo/Pirkko-Liisa, Rauhala/Virokannas, Elina (Hg.). Social Change and Social Work. The Changing Societal Conditions of Social Work in Time, Place and Space. Farnham/Burlington: Ashgate. S. 121-139.

  • Hauss, Gisela/Ziegler, Béatrice/Cagnazzo, Karin/Gallati, Mischa (2012). Eingriffe ins Leben. Fürsorge und Eugenik in zwei Schweizer Städten (1920-1950). Zürich: Chronos Verlag.

  • Hauss, Gisela/Ziegler, Béatrice (Hg.) (2010). Helfen, Erziehen, Verwalten. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sozialen Arbeit in St. Gallen. Zürich: Seismo Verlag.

  • Hauss, Gisela/Schulte, Dagmar (Hg.) (2009). Amid Social Contradictions. Towards a History of Social Work in Europe. Opladen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Publishers.

  • Hauss, Gisela/Ziegler, Béatrice (2009). Sterilisationen bei Armen und Unmündigen. Eine Untersuchung der Vormundschaftspraxis in den Städten St. Gallen und Bern. In: Wecker, Regina/Braunschweig, Sabine/Imboden, Gabriela/Küchenhoff, Bernhard/Ritter, Hans Jakob (Hg.). Wie nationalsozialistisch ist die Eugenik?/What is National Socialist about Eugenics? Beitrag zur Geschichte der Eugenik im 20. Jahrhundert/Contributions to the History of Eugenics in the 20th Century. Köln: Böhlau Verlag. S. 75-92.

  • Hauss, Gisela/Ziegler, Béatrice (2008). City Welfare in the Sway of Eugenics: A Swiss Case Study. In: British Journal of Social Work. 38. Jg. (4). S. 751-771. doi 10.1093/bjsw/bcn019.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Research Network "Placing Children in Care: Child Welfare in Switzerland (1940 – 1990)" (leading house FHNW, Gisela Hauss). Conducted within the Swiss National Science Foundation Programme Sinergia (2014 – 2017).

  • Research Project "Profitable Investments: Promoting Gender Equality through Social Investment and Activation Measures?" (Eva Nadai & Gisela Hauss). Conducted within the Swiss National Science Foundation Programme No.60 on Gender Equality (NFP 60) (2011 – 2013)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Social Work Research Association – ESWRA, since 2014

  • Academic Advisory Councel – Alice Salomon Archive Berlin, since 2012

  • The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation (ATGender), 2010 – 2014

  • Swiss Social Work Society (SGSA) Founding member, board member, member, since 2006

  • Swiss Journal of Social Work, editorial, since 2006

Additional qualifications

  • Coach/ Mediator (Supervisorin IAP), Institut für Angewandte Psychologie (IAP) Zürich


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