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Orkan Okan

Orkan Okan
Researcher HLCA-Project PMOplus

About Orkan Okan

Orkan`s professional background is based in pedagogy and educational science. He is a former primary school teacher for German language, mathematics, and social sciences and humanities for primary schools, including sociology, politics, history, geography and economy. He finished his studies in 2014 at the University of Duisburg-Essen with the degree 1. Staatsexamen. Since 2013, he is a member of the research team of the Centre for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence (CPI), which has moved to Bielefeld University in 2014.

Allocated in the Department of Socialisation Research, he is interested in research on educational and health related socialisation processes, health promotion and primary prevention in children and youth, health literacy and mental health literacy, as well as in inequality and disparities related research questions and methods of childhood studies. He is engaged in national and international communication, networking and transfer activities, collaborative inter-sectoral action, synergy and capacity building, identifying relevant partners, and working in partnership with other networks and organisations where appropriate. Another area he is committed to is the acquisition of research funding.

Within the Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HLCA) research consortium, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), he is working on health literacy theoretically and methodologically. He is also responsible for the project management of the HLCA.

Orkan is member of several networks, for example:
  • Global Working Group on Health Literacy (GWG-HL) at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)
  • Working together Internationally on Social development and Health in Every School and Family Network (WISHES)
  • Health Literacy Europe Network

Further information





Patricia Wahl (Graf), Alexandra Fretian and Ullrich Bauer talk about "Tabooing and stgmatization of mental illness" in the Jugendhilfereport 02.19

Evaluation of the IGEL program - results: Effectiveness of a school-based intervention to prevent child sexual abuse (Czerwinski et al.) Download

You can learn more about this joint research project at hlca-consortium.com!

New publications

International Handbook of health literacy
Handbuch Sozialisationsforschung
Präevention von sexueller Gewalt in der Primarstufe
Psychisch belastete Eltern in der sozialpädagogischen Familienhilfe
 Children in times of crisis

CPI Brief

The CPI-Brief briefly informs about selected aspects of our work. Please feel invited to read the latest CPI-Briefs!

08/2019: The practical phase of the IMPRES Project begins

07/2019: Annual Conference of the DGSMP and DGMS

06/2019: IMPRES-team in Canada

02/2019: Participation in the conference 40 years DISTINCTION On the relevance of Pierre Bourdieus theory in culture and inequality research, Vienna

You can catch up on previous issues of the CPI-Brief at the archive.