The research network FIRE (Female International REsearch)

The research network FIRE (Female International REsearch) aims to consolidate existing contacts and to draw on the research competencies and resources of DHBW and its African partner universities to facilitate cooperative and interdisciplinary research through structured exchanges. FIRE includes female researchers from early stage researcher (Master) to professorship.



  •  Researchers from early stage (Master / PhD) to professorships
  •  Interdisciplinary and international, DHBW-wide and partner universities in southern Africa and East Africa
  •  A network to increase the number of female researchers and their scientific output


Botho University (Botho)

Dr Ivy Rose Mathew

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academics and Quality

E-learning, Educational Technology, Internationalisation in HE, Quality in
Higher Education


Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS)

Prof Dr Penine Uwimbabazi

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics

Public Policy Analysis, Conflict Transformation, Social Integration and


Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)

Institute of Finance Management (IFM)

Prof Dr (habil) Anna Treydte

Deputy-Director of The African Center for Research, Agriculture and
Advancement in Teaching Excellence and Sustainability – CREATES

Biodiversity Conservation, Agro-ecological Questions, Human-wildlife

Prof. Dr. Hulda Swai

Director of The African Center for Research, Agriculture and Advancement
in Teaching Excellence and Sustainability – CREATES

Nanotechnology and nanoscience

Prof Dr Grace
Verdiana Masanja

Fluid Dynamics, Modelling Diseases Transmission Dynamics,
Modelling Engineering

Dr Zanifa Omary –IFM

Security in Electronic Medical Records, Digital Learning

South Africa

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

Central University of Technology (CUT)

Durban University of Technology (DUT)

University of Venda (Univen)

University of Witwatersrand (WITS)

Dr Cynthia Dube

Tourism development, sustainable tourism, ecotourism

Mandisa silo – CPUT

Acting Manager of Center for Tourism Research in Africa – Cetra

Regional tourism integration, tourism planning and policy

Prof Dr
Muthoni Masinde – CUT

Head of IT Department

Application of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things in Predicting
Climatic Variabilities such as Droughts

Prof Sibusiso Moyo

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & Commitment

Policy and Strategies for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Support in HE, Mathematical Modelling & Data Analytics for Cost Drivers and Sustainability
of Higher Education

Dr Linda Zikhona
Linganiso – DUT

Director Research and Postgraduate Support

Industrial waste to building materials

Dr Thembisile Gloria
Mkhise – DUT

Forecasting and Estimation of Biogas Generation from Wastewater
Treatment Plants

Prof Dr
Vhonani Netshandama
— Univen

Director Community Engagement

Decolonising Research Methodologies in Indingenous Knowledge Systems
(IKS), Community health, Nursing and Public health, Participatory Methodologies, Social Entrepreneurship Development, Inclusive Innovation Education

Dr Poppy Masinga
South African College of
Applied Sciences (SACAP)

Head of Faculty of Social and Community Development
Social Development, Social Policy, Programme Design & Management;
Immigration & Diversity Approaches;
Youth Development; Intervention Research



Prof. Dr. Doris Ternes

Head of ZHL (Internal Learning & Teaching Training) at CAS

Higher Education Research, Academic Development, Teaching and Learning, Organizational development, Agile Organisation

DHBW Heidenheim


Prof. Dr.
Andrea Helmer-Denzel

Degree Department Head Case Management in Social and Healthcare,
Social Work with Elderly People/Citizen Engagement
Equality Officer DHBW Heidenheim,
Member of the Local Senate and Local Board of the University

Volunteering, Elderly People

Brigitte Ilg, MA

Head of International Office

Head of Competence Centre for Intercultural Competence

Prof. Dr. Sabine Möbs

Head of AR Laboratory & Digital Learning Laboratory, UX Laboratory
Member DHBW Senate, Member CAS Council,
Head of Local Research Commission

UX in Engineering & IT, Digital Learning, AR-Learning, Digital Literacy
Africa-EU Research Collaboration

DHBW Heilbronn


Prof. Dr. Yvonne Zajontz

Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer, DHBW

Urban Agglomeration Studies, Creative Cities, Equality Marketing

DHBW Karlsruhe


Prof. Dr. Kay Berkling

Member DHBW Senate
Games, Gamification with applications that make the world a better place

DHBW Lörrach


Prof. Dr. Wendy Fehlner

Sustainable Tourism, Curriculum Development, Tourism in Higher Education
in Africa
Equality Officer DHBW Lörrach

DHBW Ravensburg


Prof. Dr. Conny Mayer-Bonde

Dean of Studies at the Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy;
Member DHBW Senate
Interface of tourism, government and politics; Bureaucracy and regulation in the service industry; Integration of refugees and migrants in the service industry

DHBW Stuttgart


Katrin Heeskens, MA

Open Education in Nursing
Study Manager Applied Nursing Science

Prof. Dr. Carmen Winter

E-learning, Design Thinking, New Computer Science Technologies,
Digital Approaches in all Areas, Digital Literacy

Prof. Dr. Katja Stamer (Horb)

Head of Business Engineering
Horb-Campus Coordinator of Programs Abroad

Leadership, Digitalization, HR

DHBW Villingen-Schwenningen


Prof. Dr. Karin Sauer

Violence Prevention, De-colonial perspectives of Social Work, Discrimination-sensitive / Trauma-sensitive Social Work, Critical Whiteness

Prof. Dr. Daniela Steenkamp

Human rights education 2.0, child poverty in rural areas

Prof. Dr. Anja Teubert

Degree Department Head Social Work with People with Disability

Social Space-Orientated Social Work, Sexual Violence Prevention

For whom

Research partners

  • with our dual partners from business, technology, social affairs and health
  • in other partner colleges, universities and research institutions
  • at home and abroad

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  • Attractive German-African female researchers network
  • A stable network of partners for cooperative PhDs and Master's projects (DHBW)
  • Involvement in international, cooperative research
  • Visualization of research cooperation between German and African researchers (equality) at the DHBW and the African partner universities
  • Establishing structures for the development of joint research projects
  • Knowledge transfer of the research results into society

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  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • IT & Leadership
  • Digital Learning
  • Augmented Reality Learning
  • Open Education in Nursing
  • Social work intervention for the elderly
  • Involvement of Volunteering in Social Work
  • Critical Whiteness
  • Violence Prevention
  • Human Rights Development 2.0

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  • Creative Cities
  • Resilienz im Tourismus
  • Sustainable Tourism


  • DHBW and partner universities strategically positioned internationally
  • Expansion into an even more efficient and cosmopolitan university
  • Strengthening international awareness and competitiveness as a primary research partner for cooperative and applied research
  • Graduates are optimally prepared for international research tasks in companies, organizations and research institutions
  • DHBW - The university for excellent female researchers in applied and cooperative research

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