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 with his dog Ava in the rolling hills of North Hessia, capturing the world on his iPhone and Fuji X-E4 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


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(2023). Learning hybrid by doing hybrid: Teaching critical digital skills in a safe learning space. M. Arnold (Ed.), The handbook of applied teaching and learning in social work management education: Theories, methods, and practices in higher education. Springer International..

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(2022). Fragen zur Transformation des Sozialen und des Sozialstaates — mit welchen Auswirkungen auf Adressat:innen und Professionelle ist zu rechnen?. W. Hosemann & S. Barra (Hrsg.), Soziale Arbeit digital: Von der Webseite bis zur Demokratie. Beltz Juventa..

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(2022). Unmaking of a digital world? Major power rivalry and global system evolution [Paper presentation]. 5th European Conference on Technology Assessment (TA), July 25-27, Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Daten-Ethik-Praxis (book project)
Textbook coauthored with Vera Taube with additional interactive digital/blended-learning units for integration into learning management systems (LMS).
Daten-Ethik-Praxis (book project)
Digitale Schule (book/research project)
Research study with Maik Wunder on effects of Corona-crisis on teachers’ attitude towards digitalization in schools.
Digitale Schule (book/research project)
Research Hackathon (book/research project)
Textbook that allows users to plan for and run research hackathons in a variety of settings.
Research Hackathon (book/research project)
MODE - Combined Data-Collection and e-Learning Toolbox
Developing a common stakeholder-driven mobile data collection and -analysis platform combined with a plug-and-play e-learning server.
MODE - Combined Data-Collection and e-Learning Toolbox
Description [in German] of the project “DigitalKompetenz” in cooperation with Caritas, Germany. OSF folder only for internal partners accessible.
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.
The Making of a Digital World








Professor International Social Work and Research Methods
Jan 2014 – Present Kassel, Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Director BA Program Human Development
  • Methods
  • Internationalization
  • Moodle Learning Platform
Team Member
Mar 2021 – Oct 2021 Ebersbach, Germany
Director of Studies
Christlich-Pädagogisches Institut
Oct 2012 – Dec 2013 Eppingen, Germany
Associate Partner, Political Consultancy
Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner
Sep 2011 – Sep 2012 Berlin, Germany
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Aug 2004 – Aug 2011 New York, NY, USA
Dean’s Appointment (Visiting Professor)
Sep 2003 – May 2011 Philadelphia, PA, USA
Asociate Instructor
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
  • Mövenpick Silberkugel (Hamburg)