The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) was founded in 1743 and is now one of the largest research universities in Germany with 39,780 students. The five faculties cover the entire spectrum of modern academic disciplines – from humanities, social sciences and theology to medicine, law, economics, sciences and engineering. One of FAU’s defining features is its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, which frequently go beyond the boundaries of individual subjects. In the spirit of the University’s motto ‘Advance through Networks’, the faculties and departments work together to create a virtually unparalleled range of interdisciplinary degree programmes. Cultural values, religions and human rights in general and migration in specific represent an outstanding research focus of the FAU.
Stefan Kordel is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Geography at FAU. He is responsible for WP2 and coordinates project activities in Germany together with local partner TAT. His research focuses on social geographical questions related to tourism and migration, applying and developing qualitative methods in rural areas, e.g., Bavaria, the Spanish Mediterranean coast, and Latin America. Stefan has experience with research on immigration and integration in rural areas and related question of development within various national and international networks and projects.
Tobias Weidinger is a Research Associate at the Institute of Geography at FAU. His research focuses on diverse forms of rural immigration. Currently he is working on the settlement and integration of asylum seekers and refugees in rural Germany and on the aspects of housing and mobility.