Franziska is an ESRC Future Research Leader Early Career Research Fellow in the Centre for Evidence-Based Interventions and an Extraordinary Professor at Optentia Research Unit, North-West University, South Africa. Her focus is on risk and protective factors of physical, emotional and sexual child and adolescent abuse in vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa and on the development and testing of global child abuse measures. In 2016 she won the ISPCAN C. Henry Kempe Award for outstanding young professional in the field of child abuse and neglect.
Franziska holds a DPhil in Social Interventions (University of Oxford), an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Interventions (University of Oxford) and a BA in Social Work (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen). From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a post-doctoral research officer with Prof Lucie Cluver on the Young Carers Studies, a collaboration between Oxford University, South African universities, the South African Government and various NGOs and international organisations.
Before joining the Department, Franziska worked as a child protection social worker for a local authority in Wales. She is a registered social worker with the HCPC and is an elected councilor of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).
Franziska is willing to co-supervise DPhil students, who have similar research interests, together with Profs Lucie Cluver and Frances Gardner.
Franziska is grateful to the ESRC and DSPI for funding her DPhil and post-doctoral work.
Funding news (December 2019): The first national study of child abuse and neglect in Australia: prevalence, health outcomes, and burden of disease.
Funder: Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council, Project Grant, 2019-2023.
Funded amount: $2,311,217.00.
Chief Investigators: Dr Rosana Pacella (University of Chichester), Professor Michael Dunne (QUT), Professor Ben Mathews (QUT), Associate Professor James Scott (UQ), Professor David Finkelhor (University of New Hampshire), Dr Franziska Meinck (University of Oxford), Professor Daryl Higgins (Australian Catholic University), Dr Holly Erskine (UQ), and Dr Hannah Thomas (Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research).