Out of Pure Curiosity: Sabrina Lisi
Sabrina Lisi

Ms. Lisi, what are you currently working on?

On my future — and on my past. I'm also working a bit on my present. I would like to use some of the research results on equal opportunities and incorporate them into the education system (eg. schools) — so that's my current project.

What are you currently learning, that you couldn't do that well before?

To confidently carry myself through a predominantly male domain.

Which great thinkers would you have loved to work with? Or with whom would you like to work in the future?

I would absolutely have loved to sit with Simone De Beauvoir in the Cafè de Flore and endlessly smoked cigarettes and thought of clever things.
In the here and now I would like to sit with the researcher on resilience Michael Ungar and think of clever things. Less of the smoking, because I don't actually smoke.

If you weren't an academic, what would you be?

A psychotherapist. Or a theatre director.

What advice would you give your past self, who was just starting to study?

„Chill di Läbe“.
That is swiss-german slang, if you will, that means something like "Carpe Diem". I almost rushed through my studies and would therefore recommend to take ones time. It is probalby for that reason significant reflection processes only began after I was done with my studies.

What do you do to empty your mind? What do you do in your free time?

Probably rather typical for today's Zeitgeist: I meditate quite often and practice the very slow Yin Yoga.
What inspires me is theatre. I am involved in both acting and directing and mainly work with adolescents. After rehearsals I usually feel quite energised and happy.

Is writing books still relevant?

Nope. At least not within the field of research and especially not for dissertations. A professor once said to me, when I asked him if he would be a reviewer for my dissertation: "Oh, a monograph... yeah. I don't really consider those anymore."
Even though the research community tends to focus more on articles I found the process of keeping an enitre book in mind while writing and organising my arguments challenging but helpful. It allowed me or even forced me to maintain a certain depth of content and not to cut myself short. Not all articles by far succeed in this.

Sabrina Lisi is a psychologist, educator and has a PhD in educational sciences. Since 2013 she has been researching on resilience within adolescence and educational systems. Her research is inspired both by her work as a lecturer on educational psychology within teacher training and her work as a school teacher where she teaches the subjects psychology and pedagogy. This combination, she argues, adds a practical dimension to her theoretical view on equality in education.
Sabrina Lisi: Akademische Resilienz. Welche Erkenntnisse lassen sich aus der Analyse schulischer Selbstkonzeptprozesse für eine gerechtere Verteilung von Bildungschancen gewinnen?