Sarah-Lea Effert

After two years of working in international educational and cultural policy, I have brought with me many questions and issues that I want to study academically - yet I didn't want to go back into the ivory tower or within the boundaries of a single, narrowly defined discipline. Therefore, within the graduate programme, I am particularly looking forward to our interdisciplinary exchange and to furthering my education in participatory research approaches.

Important stages in the CV
Research focus
Research Projects at the Graduate Programme

Important stages in the CV

07/2018 - 03/2020

German Commission for UNESCO, initially as Junior Professional, from 01/2019 as Executive Assistant to the Secretary General

10/2016 - 06/2018

Master of Philosophy in Politics (Political Theory) at the University of Oxford
10/2016 - 06/2018 Co-Lead Project Soup (Oxford Hub), initiative for microfinancing dinners to support local projects of the urban community
09/2015 - 02/2016 Carlo Schmid Fellow at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York
04/2013 - 09/2014 District Ambassador for the Ostend in Frankfurt am Main (Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft)
09/2011 - 02/2015 Bachelor of Science in Management, Philosophy and Economics at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Research focus

  • Political Theory (Global Justice Theory, Republicanism, Feminist Theory)
  • Moral Psychology
  • Civic Education (Global Citizenship Education)


Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen
R12 T01 F08


  • Wiss. Mitarbeiterinnen/Mitarbeiter, Philosophie

The following publications are listed in the online university bibliography of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Further information may also be found on the person's personal web pages.

    Journal articles

  • Effert, Sarah-Lea; Vögele, Hannah
    Check your privilege check! : Eine solidarische Kritik des Privilegiendiskurses
    In: Zeitschrift Diskurs Vol. 7 (2022) pp. 40 - 67


  • Effert, Sarah-Lea (2021). Where are we at with global non-domination? The case for re-embracing civic virtue MANCEPT Workshops 18th Annual Conference. Panel: Where are we at with republicanism? 07.09.2021
  • Effert, Sarah-Lea (2021). „Warum überhaupt Social Citizen Science und Public Humanities?” Digital World-Café at the Forum Citizen Science of Bürger schaffen Wissen. 06.05.21

  • Effert, Sarah-Lea (2021). „It is 2030 and we have created cultures of care and creativity.” Contribution to ResiliArt: Create2030*IMAGINE! Debate by the German Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. 30/04/21

  • Effert, Sarah-Lea (2021). Global civic virtues: erroneous illusion or essential ingredient for global non-domination? Talk given at Geneva Graduate Conference for Political Philosophy on 01/02/2021

  • Effert, Sarah-Lea (2015). Freedom of choice what for? A feminist perspective on preferences and autonomy. Presentation at the 10. Gummersbacher Kolloquium on “dimensions of freedom”