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Irina Gewinner

Irina Gewinner

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Social Sciences
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E03 45-010
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9683
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39683

Dr. Irina Gewinner is operational head of the Project EUROSTUDENT VII Luxembourg and is responsible for a census of students enrolled in Luxembourgish higher education institutions. Together with the team around Prof. Andreas Hadjar, she analyses students' study and living conditions, international mobility and educational trajectories. Irina obtained her PhD from the Leibniz Universität Hannover, and certificate in didactics from the University of Bamberg, Germany.

She works comparatively using mixed-methods of social research. Her interests lie at the interface between sociology, business studies and cultural studies. This includes education and leadership formation, career choices and social inequalities, as well as migration and mobility. In her research, she considers individual family structures, organisational gender cultures and geographical contexts.  

Last updated on: Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Research projects

2019 – 2021 „EUROSTUDENT VII“ (EU)

Coordination and implementation of the project

2019 – 2021 “Mobility of highly skilled”

Analysis of patterns of migration and integration/acculturation of highly skilled individuals from the former USSR

2019 – 2020 “Kulturen und Leistungen im Studium (KuL)” (PI)

Coordination of the project “Cultures and Performance during studies”; workshops + guidance for prospective students with refugee and migration background (DAAD, 11.250 EUR)

2018 – 2020 “Career choices in the Context of Gender, Culture and Migration” (PI)

Coordination of the project, data collection and evaluation (Leibniz Universität Hannover, 1.000 EUR)

2016  – 2021 “Academic Life Courses in Gender Research in Germany” (PI)

Coordination of the project, data collection and evaluation

2016 – 2017 “Reciprocal Integration: New arrived refugees meet native-born population in Hanover” (co-PI)

Coordination of the project, project design, data collection and evaluation (City and Region of Hanover, 10.000 EUR)


Professional memberships

  • International Sociological Association (ISA) RC23 + RC34
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) – Sektion Soziologische Netzwerkforschung
  • Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung (GfHf)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Gender and Education (GeA)
  • Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI)
  • LuxERA


Administrative tasks

2018 – 2020 Deputy Equal Rights Officer, Faculty of Humanities, Leibniz Universität Hannover

2017 – 2019 Member of Faculty board, Faculty of Humanities, Leibniz Universität Hannover

2018 Member of Scientific Board of the MA program “International Sociology”, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

2017 Member of the committee for exam issues for social sciences at BA level, Institute of Sociology, Leibniz Universität Hannover

2015 – 2017 Committee for study affairs in teaching at grammar schools, Leibniz Universität Hannover


Conference organization

2018 RC23 Debates between Early Career and Experienced Researchers, XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto

2017 International workshop “The Fertility of Migrants and Minorities” in Hanover

2017 Workshop “Reciprocal Integration” for the representatives of the City and Region Hanover, Leibniz Universität Hannover

2008 16th Annual Transitions In Youth international workshop (TIY) in Bamberg

Last updated on: 12 Feb 2020