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Barbara Waldis

Full professor UAS
Education Sozialanthropologin, Prof. Dr.phil.

Barbara Waldis has been a professor at the School of Social Work of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis since 2008. She is an anthropologist and obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Fribourg.

Her professional career includes research grants at the EHESS in Paris, at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, as well as Visiting Fellowships at the Mauritius Institute of Education, at the Université de La Réunion and at the Max-Planck-Institut für Ethnologische Forschung in Halle (Saale, Germany). Her thematic expertise is based on several SNSF-funded projects on bi-national families in Switzerland, Tunisia and Bulgaria and on post-colonial education policies in Mauritius and La Réunion. 

As a professor at the HES-SO Valais-Wallis, she conducted research projects on art and social work, digitisation and social work, as well as on senior citizen support in northern Macedonian, Kosovar and Serbian families in the Valais.

Thanks to her jobs and the resulting teaching at the Seminar of Social Anthropology at the University of Fribourg, the Institute of Ethnology at the University of Neuchâtel and the Social Work Department at the HES-SO, Barbara Waldis has a diversified, thematic and methodologically sound teaching practice at BA, MA and postgraduate levels. During six years, she led the scientific commission of the Swiss Anthropological Society. As coordinator of the scientific commission of the school of social work of the HES-SO, she has increased her experience in research management and has developed an important knowledge of social work research at the Swiss and international level. 

Barbara Waldis is appointed full professor of social work (50%) as of 1 February 2022. In this function she will be in charge of the new Transdisciplinary Institute of Social Work at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Neuchâtel. She keeps the responsibility of the module master thesis in Social Work at the HES-SO and the BA International Social Work module.