Fields of activities:
|» Philosophy |
» Media and socio-cultural communication
» Computer sciences
|» Business and Management |
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Education (incl. persons with learning disabilities)
» Health sciences
» Social work
Brief description of your activity focus
Research of adopted technology in social work, health & care, innovation, new application areas, social service needs, ethical, legal & social issues.
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
The ubiquitous influence of digital technologies on organisational processes and the interaction between
professionals and clients has, by now, also become an ever increasing occurrence in the social sector. Distinct
impact and benefits of digital technologies are, however, not yet fully understood. The Research Centre ‘Digital
Technologies and Social Services’ (DiTeS) at TH Köln is looking into such phenomena of digitisation,
informatisation and mediatisiation in the diverse field of social services. The newly gained insights, questions and
challenges are furthermore brought into the academic, policy and public discourse.
Our research topics include
- investigating the effect of digital technology towards work and organisational processes as well as client and
actor behaviour in social service contexts,
- user-centred elicitation of requirements and needs within the social sector,
- the design of application scenarios, implementation and management strategies for new technologies in various
fields of social services.
In covering such complex topics, DiTeS benefits from its broad and excellent interdisciplinary expertise, including
legal and technical aspects of data protection and information security, taking into account ethical implications
of digital technologies and educational practices, and the design of advice and care settings tailored to users‘
needs and economic efficiency.
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
The formation of the Research Centre DiTeS is funded from January 2016 for two years under the programme FH
STRUKTUR of the Ministry of Innovation, Higher Education and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia
and by TH Köln/University of Applied Sciences.
DiTeS is actively seeking further cooperation and technology partners to conceptualise, test and research innovative
services in the fields of social work, health and care – supported by our interdisciplinary research and development team.
These could be research cooperations, the scientific support of exemplary or pilot implementation projects, evaluation, or
the joint work on funding proposals.