Walter A. Lorenz completed a degree in Theology and Philosophy at the
University of Tübingen and then a postgraduate vocational qualification
in Social Work (M.Sc.) at the London School of Economics in 1976. In the
Seventies he worked as a social worker in London in the area of youth
work. From 1978 he was a lecturer in Social Work at the National
University of Ireland, University College Cork, where he was also
appointed Jean Monnet ‘Professor for European Social Policy’ in 1995.
Since 2001 he has been in charge of the degree course in Social Work at
the Faculty of Education at the Free University of Bozen - Bolzano and
has been Rector of that same institution since 2008.
He has been involved in various research projects at both a European and national level concerning social work and in particular in the development of European professional courses.