Joachim K. Rennstich

Joachim K. Rennstich

Professor International Social Work and Research Methods

CVJM-Hochschule (YMCA University of Applied Sciences)


Prof. Dr. Joachim K. Rennstich is an expert in the areas of long-term globalization, international social work, and research methods. His research focuses on digital capitalism, the evolutionary development of globalization processes and the impact of technology on social systems and has published widely on these and other topics, combining nearly two decades of experience both inside and outside of academia. He was born and grew up in Asia, spent his youth in both, southern and northern Germany, and studied, worked, and lived in the United States throughout the first decade of the 2000s. Rennstich currently holds the International Social Work and Research Methods professorship at the CVJM-Hochschule in Kassel, Germany.

Outside of school, you can find him roaming the woods and fields in the rolling hills of North Hessia with his dog, Lizzy, capturing the world on his iPhone or enjoying the arts.

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  • Long-term Globalization
  • Digital Capitalism
  • International Development
  • Technology
  • Digitalization
  • Future Skills
  • Digital Literacy
  • Innovative Teaching Methods


  • PhD in Political Science, 2003

    Indiana University (Bloomington)

  • MA in Political Science, 2000

    Indiana University (Bloomington)

  • Diplom Sozialwirt (Pol/Econ/Law/Com), 1998

    Georgia-Augusta-Universität Göttingen

Recent Posts

Technology policy in the classroom (in German)

Description of development of my classroom policies for technology usage during class (in German). Includes a link to my German version of Cornell Notes templates.

Cornell Notes Templates, German Version

German version of Cornell Notes templates, including use description. A PDF version for easy print-out (A4 paaer size) and a MS Word template. Description in German.

JASP/JAGS Workshop

2019 workshop on statistical modeling (with JASP and R+JAGS)


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(2019). A global metamorphosis? A theory of evolution of a digital capitalism [Paper presentation]. MVE Tagung Darwinische Evolutionswissenschaften und Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften - Streiten sie noch? Oder lernen sie schon (voneinander)?, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany.

Conference Link

(2019). Der Einfluss der Digitalisierung auf Lehre und Ausbildungsprofile in der Sozialen Arbeit: Digitalkompetenz und Data Literacy als notwendige professionelle Kompetenzen für Soziale Arbeit [Paper presentation]. Workshop “Fachliche Praxis unter den Bedingungen von Digitalisierung - Zur Frage digitaler Transformation in Gesundheit, Pflege und Sozialer Arbeit”, Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Neue Tricks für alte Hunde? Informatisierung und Digitalisierung als Herausforderung des notwendigen Kompetenzspektrums in Lehrvermittlung und Forschung

Die steigenden Kompetenzanforderungen in professionellen Kontexten Sozialer Berufe stellt auch eine zunehmende Herausforderungen an …

Synthetic datasets for replication and teaching purposes

Presentation as part of workshop on teaching replication in social science methods courses.

Peer-Review als Methodik in der Lehre: Vorstellung einer Implementierung in Moodle

Workshop on peer-review as part of a blended-learning set-up




Description [in German] of the project “DigitalKompetenz” in cooperation with Caritas, Germany. OSF folder only for internal partners accessible.

MODEL - Combined Data-Collection and e-Learning Toolbox

Developing a common stakeholder-driven mobile data collection and -analysis platform for the World YMCA combined with a plug-and-play e-learning server.


One of the first funded Erasmus+ Horizon2020 projects, OnCreate (2014–1-DE01-KA203–000706) provided research on the exchange, implementation and evaluation of processual and contextual knowledge of online collaborative courses with focus on creation and innovation.

The Making of a Digital World

Develops a model of world system development as a complex adaptive social system. The model is then empirically tested focusing on the two core dimensions, the economic and political developmental processes.














Professor International Social Work and Research Methods

CVJM-Hochschule (YMCA University of Applied Sciences

Jan 2014 – Present Kassel, Germany
Responsibilities include:

  • Director BA Program Human Development
  • Methods
  • Internationalization
  • Moodle Learning Platform

Director of Studies

Christlich-Pädagogisches Institut

Sep 2012 – Dec 2013 Eppingen, Germany

Associate Partner, Political Consultancy

Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner

Sep 2011 – Sep 2012 Berlin, Germany

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Fordham University

Aug 2004 – Aug 2011 New York, NY, USA

Dean’s Appointment (Visiting Professor)

Temple University

Sep 2003 – May 2011 Philadelphia, PA, USA

Asociate Instructor

Indiana University

Jan 1999 – May 2003 Indiana, IN, USA
Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching Associate
  • Datalab
  • Research Associate
  • Lecturer


Rennstich & Oest

Jul 1991 – Jul 2003 Hamburg, Germany
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  • NDR
  • Airbus
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