About the Editors

Thomas Geisen

Thomas Geisen is Professor of Workplace Integration and Disability Management at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, School of Social Work. He holds de-grees in social work (Catholic University of Applied Sciences for Social Work, Saarbrücken, Germany), sociology (University of Trier, Germany) and political sciences (MA, Guildhall Univer-sity, London), and received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Basel, Switzerland. His main fields of interest and research are workplace integration, disability management and migration. Recent research includes: "Aging workforce and low-skilled work" (2015-2017, ongo-ing); "Life-strategies of migrant families in marginalized quarters" (2012-2015, completed), "De-mographic change and private sector disability management in Australia, Canada, China and Switzerland: A comparative study" (2013-2015, completed), "The separation of parents and chil-dren in transnational families" (2010-2013, completed), in which he has widely published. Recent publications include "Migration, Minderheiten und Demokratie" (2016, ed. with Philipp Eigenmann and Tobias Studer); "Work, Migration, and Social Work" (2015, ed. with Markus Ottersbach); "Mi-gration, Familie und Gesellschaft" (2014, ed. with Tobias Studer and Erol Yildiz), "Migration, Familie und soziale Lage. Beiträge zu Bildung, Gender und Care" (2013, ed. with Tobias Studer and Erol Yildiz), "Soziale Arbeit und Demokratie" (2013, ed. with Fabian Kessl, Thomas Olk and Stefan Schnurr); "International Handbook of Migration, Minorities, and Education. Understanding Cultural and Social Differences in Processes of Learning" (2012, ed. with Zvi Bekerman); "Arbeit in der Moderne" (2012); "Disability Management and Workplace Integration" (2011, ed. with Hen-ry Harder).

Patricia Cox

Pat Cox is Reader in Social Work and Social Justice in the School of Social Work, Care & Community, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. Pat Cox's research, publications and teaching are influenced by her study of English, Sociology, German and Social Work. Her publications and research examine experiences and issues in the lives of children, young people and their families, with a particular focus on their experiences of migration. She has a range of peer-reviewed publications and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. Her current research explores the sexual and reproductive health issues of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children & adolescents.  Recent research includes: an international longitudinal review of social work research studies (in the English and German languages) into migration; refugee and asylum-seeking families' experiences of child safeguarding systems; evaluation of a housing project for homeless young people; research into the provision of institutional and fostering care in Moldova. She has co-researched with young people in local community settings; explored awareness of environmental concerns in social work education courses in the UK; the application of somatic movement education for qualifying social workers and the body as an absent presence in social work education and practice. Earlier research includes working with survivors of child sexual abuse and their safe carers; research into the views of parents and carers involved in safeguarding procedures and a Knowledge Review for SCIE on child wellbeing and parental mental health.  

Together with Thomas Geisen and Zvi Bekerman she is Co-Editor of the book series ‘Migration, Minorities and Modernity’ (Springer Publications). She has established strong links with colleagues within and across mainland Europe and beyond, who share her research interests in migration and mobilities.

Zvi Bekerman

Zvi Bekerman teaches anthropology of education at the School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a faculty member at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. He is also an Associate Fellow at The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for The Advancement of Peace. His main interests are in the study of cultural, ethnic and national identity, including identity processes and negotiation during intercultural encounters and in formal/informal learning contexts. He is particularly interested in how concepts such as culture and identity intersect with issues of social justice, intercultural and peace education, and citizenship education. His recent work has examined the intersection between civic and religious epistemologies in educational contexts. In addition to publishing multiple papers in a variety of academic refereed journals, Bekerman was the founding editor of the refereed journal Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal. Among his most recent books: Bekerman, Z., & Zembylas, M. (2018). Psychologized language in education: Denaturalizing a regime of truth, Palgrave Macmillan – Springer; Bekerman, Zvi (2016),  The Promise of Integrated and Multicultural Bilingual Education: Inclusive Palestinian-Arab and Jewish Schools in Israel, Oxford University Press;  Bekerman, Z. & Michalinos, Z. (2012), Teaching Contested Narratives Identity, Memory and Reconciliation in Peace Education and Beyond. London, Cambridge University Press; C. McGlynn, M. Zembylas, & Z. Bekerman (Eds.) (2013) Integrated Education in Conflicted Societies, Palgrave, Mcmillan; and Bekerman, Z. & Geisen, T. (Eds. 2012) International Handbook of Migration, Minorities and Education Understanding Cultural and Social Differences in Processes of Learning. New York: Springer.