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Professor Florian Eßer


Professor of Education and Social Pedagogy research, University of Osnabrück, Germany

Email: florian.esser@uni-osnabrueck


Florian Eßer obtained his PhD in Hildesheim, Germany, in 2013 and received a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to work on his postdoc thesis (“Habilitation”) as visiting Scholar at the School of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK (2014-2015). From 2016 to 2017 he held the position of an interim professor for social work and social pedagogy at the University of Halle, Germany. His work links research in child and youth care with contemporary approaches in the interdisciplinary field of Childhood Studies. His latest research focused on the agency of children and young people in care and on participatory research with children in different fields of education.



Eßer, F. (2018): Touch in residential child care: Staff’s bodies and children’s agency. In: European Journal of Social Work, 21(2), 285-295.

Eßer, F. (2017): Enacting the overweight body. Children’s agency beyond the nature-culture divide. Childhood, 24(3), 286-299.

Eßer, F., Baader, M. S., Betz, T., & Hungerland, B. (Eds.). (2016). Reconceptualising Agency and Childhood. New perspectives in childhood studies. London: Routledge.


Children's agency, participatory research, child and youth care, residential care, child and youth work
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