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


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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.

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(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.



Daten-Ethik-Praxis (book project)

Textbook with additional interactive digital/blended-learning units for integration into LMS systems.

Digitale Schule (book/research project)

Research study with Maik Wunder on effects of Corona-crisis on teachers’ attitude towards digitalization in schools.

Research Hackathon (book/research project)

Textbook that allows users to plan for and run research hackathons in a variety of settings.

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.


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.














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
  • Mövenpick Silberkugel (Hamburg)