Petra J. Brzank, DrPH, MPH, is a sociologist with a doctoral degree in health science and has been a professor of sociology and social research methods at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences since 2016. She is also an executive member of the board of the Institute for Social Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences and Healthcare Research (ISRV) at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.
Career: Research assistant at the Institute for Health Sciences at Technische Universität Berlin, where she carried out accompanying research on S.I.G.N.A.L., the first model project for improving health care provision for women affected by violence at Charité Berlin (2000–2007), as well as at Fulda University of Applied Sciences (2007–2012), where her roles included being a member of the working group for health protection in cases of interpersonal violence. She completed her doctorate on the behaviour of women affected by violence when seeking help and was a guest researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the Gender Violence and Health Centre, which was founded by Charlotte Watts (2012–2013). Co-founder and contributor to the Büro für medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe (office for medical assistance for refugees) in Berlin (1995–2002). Her main focuses are violence and health, especially as regards women; social health determinants; and gender-sensitive research methods.
Aaron Korn, M. A. Sociology, has been employed as a research assistant in the ELSA-VG sub-project at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences since October 2022. His thematic focus includes qualitative social research methods and intersectional gender research.
Mara Pfeifer, BA Social Work, has been studying Cultural Studies as a second degree at the University of Leipzig since 2020. She works as a research assistant in the ELSA-VG project, focusing on the living conditions of women* with a history of flight and migration.
Nele Schneider is an undergraduate student of cultural studies at Leipzig University. She is a student assistant on the ELSA-VG project with a focus on women in violent relationships.