Frank Hirtz

Position Title
Senior Lecturer SOE Emeritus

Community and Regional Development


Research Interests:
Anthropology / Sociology of Law, Minority Administration
Methods of Social Research, Field Research, Evaluation Research, Applied Research, Action Research, Participatory Research and Ethics of Research
(Comparative) Social Policy, Social Welfare, and Community Studies
Social Theory, Social History and History of Social Theory
Sociology of Development, Rural Sociology
Geographical specialization: Western Europe (Germany, Portugal); Southeast Asia (Philippines); Southern Africa (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa)

Courses Taught

Social Theory and Community Change (CRD 154)

Theories in Organizational Change (CRD 164)

Community Development: Program Management (CRD 242)

Select Publications

Hirtz, Frank. 1998. "The Discourse That Silences: Beneficiaries' Ambivalence Towards Redistributive Land Reform in the Philippines." Development and Change 29(2):247-75.

Hirtz, Frank. (1995). Managing insecurity: state social policy and family networks in the rural Philippines / Frank Hirtz. Saarbrucken: Verlag fur Entwicklungspolitik Breitenbach.


Ph.D., Sociology. University of Bielefeld, 1990.


LL.M. University of Bielefeld, 1979

M.A., Sociology. University of Bielfeld, 1976.