The following projects have been successfully completed:

COST Action "Social services, welfare state and places"

2012-2016, the Social Security focus group of the Social Work division was the Swiss participant in the COST Action "Social Services, Welfare State and Places". The COST Action is a European network that was financially supported by the EU as part of the European COST programme (European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research). 

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COST Action "Offender Supervision in Europe"

The Social Work division has represented Switzerland in the COST Action "Offender Supervision in Europe" (for information on the European COST action programme, see: In total, 20 European countries were participating in this COST Action.

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Weber, Jonas & Nett, Jachen C.: Country Report for Switzerland (PDF)

TAO - Third Age Online

The Wikipedia online encyclopaedia does not have a sufficient number of loyal, long-term authors. Many elderly people (60+) would have the specialised knowledge and the time to write for Wikipedia: could this represent a promising combination? In a project undertaken by Bern University of Applied Sciences, we looked at how elderly people as well as Wikipedia might benefit from such cooperation. Wikimedia Switzerland and Wikimedia Germany also took part in the TAO (Third Age Online) research project. The factors that attract elderly people to Wikipedia and also those that keep them from active participation were investigated in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. Also examined was how the access of elderly persons to online communities (e.g. Facebook or Wikipedia) could be promoted. 

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Child Protection Systems: an International Comparison of Good Practice

In a research project undertaken by the Social Work division, the child protection systems of the UK, Australia, Finland, Sweden and Germany were characterised and analysed with regard to positive and negative experiences. The international research team used this basis to develop recommendations for Switzerland, which were discussed by an interdisciplinary Swiss panel of experts and evaluated for their feasibility.

On 9 October 2014, the following project results were published in the British Journal of Social Work.

Project partners:

  • Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V.
  • Lunds universitet
  • Queen’s University Belfast- School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • University of South Australia

Further information (German)