Brigitte Kürsteiner

Brigitte Kürsteiner
Pfistergasse 20
6003 Luzern

Funktionen an der PH Luzern

  • Director of Executive Department of International Relations, Mobility and Cooperations

Weitere Funktionen und Tätigkeiten

  • Lecturer
  • Project Manager
  • Research and Development

Arbeits- und Beratungsschwerpunkte / Expertise

  • Study abroad learning processes as global-topological spaces of learning
  • Coaching strategies for study abroad students
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • Transculturality
  • International Teacher Exchange
  • International Education
  • Research and Development
    • Fields:
      - Study abroad learning processes 
      - Education for Sustainable Development
      - International education
    • - Relational Internationalisation 
      - Socio-spatial learning
      - New Materialism/Posthumanism
      - Posthumanist Pedagogies
    • Main Methods:
      - Social Network Analysis
      - Experience Sampling Method
      - Qualitative Interviews (Grounded Theory, Focused Interviews, Photo-Interviews)
      - Cultural probes
      - Intensive and topological thinking
      - Smooth spaces

Aus- und Weiterbildung

  • 2015-2022
    Doctoral research studies at the University of Fribourg: Student learning abroad: a socio-material analysis of learning processes of teacher education students abroad
  • 2010 - 2014
    MAS Intercultural Communication, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
  • 1994 - 2000
    Master of Science in Geography, University of Berne, Switzerland

Berufliche Tätigkeiten

  • Director of department of international education
  • Head of research and development focus on global issues teaching
  • Lecturer in social geography, focus on Africa
  • Lecturer of modules on global issues teaching and education for sustainable development
  • Memer of Expert Group of International Higher Education, Swissuniversities
  • Member of International Relations of Universities of Teacher Education, Kammer PH
  • Member of Cluster of Cooperation East Afica and the Horn, Swissuniversities


Kürsteiner, B. & Rinaldi, S. (2019). Reconfiguration of Values : Posthumanist Approaches to Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education. VSH-Bulletin. 45(2), 24-32.

Kürsteiner, B. (2017). Internationalisierung in globalisierten Bildungsräumen: Mobilität im Lichte der Assemblage Theory. Journal für LehrerInnenbildung. 17(4), 8-16.

Kürsteiner, B. (2016). Educational Visions as Cultural Processes: Student Exchange as a Form of Sustainable Internationalization. Teacher Education in the 21st Century. (pp. 263-283). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Vogler, E., Rempfler, A. & Kürsteiner, B. (2020). Sustainable Cocoa Production. Teaching Material, Part 1. (S. 1-91). Luzern:

Kürsteiner, B., Vogler, E. & Rempfler, A. (2020). Sustainable Cocoa Production. Teaching Material, Part 2. (S. 92-125). Luzern:

Kürsteiner, B. & Rinaldi, S. (2018). Mutational learning – a posthumanist toolbox for designing teaching and learning for sustainable development in the XXIst century. A reader for students of global education, education for sustainable development and posthumanist pedagogies. Luzern:

Kürsteiner, B. & Rempfler, A. (2022). Lebenswelt, Schule, Wissenschaft: Ein transdisziplinäres und internationales Fachdidaktikprojekt. 5. Tagung Fachdidaktiken, swissuniversities, Locarno. 08.04.2022.

Rinaldi, S. & Kürsteiner, B. (2022). Relational Citizens-in-Becoming - Theoretical Considerations about the Concept of the «Environmental Citizen» from a Posthumanist Perspective. 11th World Environmental Education Congress. Building Bridges in Times of Climate Urgency, Prague. 14.03.2022 bis 18.03.2022.

Rinaldi, S. & Kürsteiner, B. (2019). Mobilities of Education in North-South Partnerships for Global Learning. 30th Annual European Association of International Education Conference, European Association of International Education, Genf. 11.09.2019 bis 14.10.2019.

Kürsteiner, B. & Rinaldi, S. (2019). Materialising Global Education: Using new materialist theory in research and practice. Angel Conference - Academic Network on Global Education and Learning 2019, University College London, Development Education Research Centre, London. 09.05.2019 bis 10.05.2019.

Kürsteiner, B. (2018). Posthuman pedagogy: Basics of a new critical approach to teaching and learning. III Ciclo de debates O Rural e o Urbano, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. 12.11.2018 bis 15.11.2018.

Kürsteiner, B. & Rinaldi, S. (2018). New theories for education for sustainable development: what can they deliver? 15-ième colloque international de l'Association Française d'Education Comparée et des Echanges, Association Française d'Education Comparée et des Echanges, Yaoundé, Cameroon. 01.11.2018 bis 02.11.2018.

Kürsteiner, B. (2017). Translokales sozial-räumliches Lernen als Zugang zur Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Bildung und Erziehung im Kontext globaler Transformationen, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth. 23.03.2017 bis 24.03.2017.

Kürsteiner, B. & Rinaldi, S. (2017). Translokales sozial-räumliches Lernen als Zugang zur Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft, Bayreuth, Deutschland. 23.03.2017 bis 24.03.2017.


SAS4SD brings together expertise from Swiss, Ghanaian, and Cameroonian institutions to collectively develop and implement science curricula that links theory to practice and raises awareness about the need for sustainable development.


Rising enhancement and political instrumentalisation of the dichotomies global-local and globalisation-nationalism necessitate a rethinking of concepts of global learning. How can global learning contribute to the challenge of socio-political reorientation?


Bildung ist heute zu einem hohen Grad globalisiert. Welchen Mehrwert generieren unter diesen Umständen Mobilitätsprogramme in der LehrerInnenbildung? Wie verändern sich die Perspektiven mobiler Studierender in Bezug auf globale Zusammenhänge?