New professor at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences


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Dr. Benjamin Ewert (41 years) has been appointed professor at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences. He will take over the newly developed subject of "Health Policy and Health Professions" beginning on 15th October 2020.

Non-physician health care professions will receive a high degree of public attention, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on this, Benjamin Ewert would like to research opportunities, but also barriers, to a political upgrading of non-physician professions (such as nursing, midwives or physiotherapists) in the German healthcare system within the framework of his professorship. He is also interested in the political prerequisites for the implementation of integrated care concepts in which different health care professions and physicians work together as equals for the benefit of patients.

Benjamin Ewert studied political science and sociology at the Philipps University in Marburg and Charles University in Prague and received his doctorate at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen on the topic of patient orientation and participation in the health system. There he also participated in several EU research projects on comparative European social policy. After working as a research associate at the University Hospital of Bonn, the University of Education in Heidelberg and the Fern Universität in Hagen, Benjamin Ewert was most recently a senior lecturer at the University of Siegen. Among his most important publications are works dealing with social innovations in European cities and the use of insights from behavioural science ("nudging") in prevention and health promotion policymaking.