Mezzanine of the Nuremberg train station, one person sleeping in a sleeping bag

Homelessness in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

Homelessness remains a serious societal problem and a professional field of social work, even in a rich country such as Germany. As part of the current educational research project, students of social work will investigate the living environments of people without their own homes, as well as the professional support services offered to those affected.

Funding period: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018
Project duration: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020

On the one hand, students of social work will explore the real-life living conditions and everyday life of people without a home of their own who are living on the streets and in shelters, and ask how those affected evaluate and experience their situation themselves and what significance offers of homelessness assistance have for them. On the other hand, students will examine the support structures offered and ask how different offers of help are structured and organised and what motives social workers and other professionals attribute to their work.

The questions raised by the educational research project will be addressed with the help of qualitative and quantitative research methods (including guideline-based interviews, participant observations, standardised questionnaires).

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The educational research project is supported with funds from the programme Educational Research – Explorative Learning. The Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture, Science and Arts provides the funds to implement the development concept of the Nuremberg Institute of Technology.

Further information can be found on the project page on