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Vice Rector of Science and Society

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Prof. Dr. Alexandra Kaasch

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Kaasch

Vice-rector for Science and Society

+49 521 106-12488
UHG U7-204


Strategy and Aims

Universities are workshops where the future is being built. Here, students and staff practise new approaches that they then bring into society at large as lived practice. Bielefeld University sees itself as a testing ground for new ideas, new practices, and new directions.

The leading challenges facing society, including climate change, global crises, radicalisation, and declining social cohesion, are important points of orientation in determining the university’s thematic focus. In developing Bielefeld University’s profile, the overarching topics that span across the university, including diversity, equality, sustainability, culture, and transfer, should increasingly be integrated with and strength education, research, and campus life and culture. After all, education can only live up to its true value in the context of responsible action.

We want to prepare our students and apprentices for this kind of education. Our staff ought to be able to participate in and benefit from the continuing development of our university. We rely on continuous self-reflection and effective communication based on clear understanding of shared expectations and competencies.


Portrait of Alexandra Kaasch. She is standing on the large university lawn, with the main university building visible behind her.
© Universität Bielefeld / M. Adamski

Alexandra Kaasch has been Vice Rector of Science and Society at Bielefeld University since October 2021. As Professor of German and Transnational Social Policy (and previously Junior Professor of Transnational Social Policy), she has been researching and teaching as part of Bielefeld’s Faculty of Sociology since 2014.

After completing a Studium Generale (Leibniz-Kolleg, Tübingen), and earning a Diploma in Political Science (Freie University Berlin and Philipps-University Marburg) and an M.A. in European Social Security (KU Leuven, Belgium), Alexandra Kaasch completed her Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield, UK. She then worked a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bremen for several years and as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield.

Alexandra Kaasch conducts research on global and comparative social policy. She works interdisciplinarily, leveraging approaches from social policy research, international relations, international law, and global health policy. She is currently Principal Investigator in the Research Training Group World Politics and in the Bremen Collaborative Research Centre 1342 on Global Dynamics of Social Policy.

For more information please visit Alexandra Kaasch’s profile page.



Marie Fischer

Advisor to the Vice-Rector for Science and Society

+49 521 106-4169
UHG C3-110

Dipl. M.A. Christiane König

Advisor to the Vice-Rector for Science and Society

+49 521 106-4874
UHG V9-105

Julia Tissen

Secretary's office Prorectorate for Science and Society

+49 521 106-3994
UHG U7-223

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