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Dr Helmut Spitzer

Lecturer in Social Work, Carinthian University of Applied Sciences


Lecturer in Social Work, Carinthian University of Applied Sciences / School of Social Work, Austria



Hauptplatz 12,
A-9560 Feldkirchen,



Tel: 43 4276 90500 4219



Dr Spitzer has years of experience in different fields of educational and social work (care for the disabled, gerontological work, child and youth welfare, counselling and crisis intervention). His PhD thesis is in education: “Watoto wa mitaani” – Childhood, children’s rights and “street Children” in Tanzania. Results from a field study in Dar es Salaam.


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Social work with older people
  • The situation of older people in Africa with a special interest in the East African region
  • Challenges for social work professions 

Capacity Building Interests

  • Lecturing
  • Facilitating workshops and training sessions on working with and for older persons in Africa

Key methodological skills

Qualitative / participatory approaches


Current/planned research

Planning a research project on the situation of older people in Tanzania and the challenges that pose to social work professions.


Current engagement in capacity building

Networking with East African / Tanzanian researchers and practitioners re older persons and social work professions.

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