Katharina Silter

E-Mail: silter@respectresearchgroup.org

Katharina Silter pursues her PhD at the University of Hamburg in the field of education theory, special education. Her research focuses on experienced respect in persons with and without learning difficulties. She also investigates the effects of respect on mental health. She is funded by a scholarship from the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Katharina Silter received her Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Dortmund. She worked at the Faculty of Vocational Education and Education Training as a student assistant. Since 2012 Katharina Silter is a member of the Respect Research Group where she did her Master Thesis on the relation between experienced respect and anxious and depressive mood in persons with learning difficulties.

Since 2013 she is graduating with a scholarship provided by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. She focuses on experienced respect in people with and without learning difficulties. The objective is to develop a scale that taps experienced respect in integration settings.

Katharina Silter did an internship at the „Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft“ in Berlin, as well as social internships in Ecuador and India.

Since 2004 she is working as an editorial assistance for the Journal of Disability and International Development.

Between 2009 and 2011 she worked as student assistant in “Occupational Rehabilitation“ being involved in a research project about the reintegration of employees having a mental health problem into their workplace in civil service.



Online and practically oriented publications:


Lotte-Kaliski-Aword for the Master Thesis at the TU Dortmund (2012).


Scholarship of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (since 2013).

People with Learning Difficulties (so called Intellectual Disabilities) are still discriminated and excluded from participation in political and public discourse. Since 2009 the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is in force. The claim of full participation in all fields of everyday life is, thus, a legitimate claim of persons with Learning Difficulties. To meet the requirements to create a society where every member is equal, there is still a long way to go. I think that respect is a key factor for the equal and respectful integration of people with Learning Difficulties and other Disabilities into the society. It is not the people with disabilities having to change to fit in our society but the society as a whole has to find joint definitions of our future living together. For that, marginalised groups have to be taken into account and to participate equally in these redefinition processes. With my research

I would like to make a contribution to promote a respectful interaction between people with and without disabilities, to reach a society where everybody has its place within the community.
“We should make an effort to appreciate values that are different from our own” (Dillon 2007, p. 210).

glaeserKatharina Silter, M.A.