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Mareike Brehmer

PhD Research Fellow

C4115 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad )
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I started my work as a PhD Research Fellow at UiA in 2019, having graduated from the University of Kiel (Germany) with a Master of Arts in Education and International Comparative Sociology. 

My research aims to identify factors which influence adolescent bystanders' judgments in situations of discriminatory peer behaviour on the individual and intergroup level. The findings of my research will contribute to resource-oriented pedagogy and the connection between disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and education.

Research interests

Democracy and participation in schools

Theory of Planned Behaviour

Social Cognitive Theory

Intergroup relations

Quantitative methods


Courses and teaching

PED148-2  Individ og samfunn (Autumn 2020)

PED240     Democracy and Education - Course responsible (Autumn 2021)

PED432     Democracy and Education - Course responsible (Autumn 2021)

Work experience

since 2019: PhD Research Fellow, University of Agder

2018 - 2019: Social and Asylum Process Counselor, German Red Cross

2017 - 2018: Teacher, "German B1+ (for the job)" for adult immigrants, DAA  Kiel

2014 - 2018: Student Assistant, Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN, Kiel)


Adolescents’ bystander intentions in situations of verbal abuse among peers in the school environment

This interdisciplinary Ph. D. project transfers social psychological theories into the educational context. Applying quantitative studies at Southern Norwegian lower secondary schools, it examines the predictability of adolescents' various intentions to intervene in a hypothetical situation of verbal abuse among peers via the constructs known from the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen) and Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura). The studies to be conducted will examine a) how attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control predict various subtypes of bystander behaviour, b) how victimisation is related to bullying sensitivity, moral disengagement, and defender self-efficacy and their prediction of bystander intentions, and c) how intergroup relations moderate the previously mentioned effects. Overall, the research projects aims at contributing further knowledge to the role of bystanders in bullying situations to inform resource-oriented practical pedagogical work by teachers and other practitioners.

Project on ResearchGate

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