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Bronwen Deacon

Bronwen Deacon works in the research project Organisational Adaptivity in the German Higher Education Context (OrA) within the research programme “Knowledge & Society“. There she researches the digitalisation of higher education as a doctoral candidate and research assistant with a special focus on organisational aspects and leadership roles. Previously, she worked at HIIG as project manager for the essay competition “twentyforty“. She studied at the Universität of Arts Berlin (UdK) and at the Stockholm University (SU) and holds a bachelor and a masters degree in “Communication in Social and Economic Contexts” (GWK). Between her bachelor and master studies, she worked for one year as a strategist and innovation manager at the branding agency Brand Union (now Superunion).

During her Bachelor’s degree, she focused on strategic communication planning and behavioural psychology. During her Master’s degree, she focused on the future of political communication in the context of media change. In her master’s thesis “Knowledge & Politics”, an empirical study, she examined the source citations of selected politicians in their online communication (on Twitter) during the 2019 European election campaign in Germany. Bronwen is particularly interested in the changes in social structures and processes brought about by media change.

Bronwen Deacon | HIIG

Position

Researcher and project manager (on parental leave): Knowledge & Society

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Deacon, B., Laufer, M. & Schäfer, L. O. (2022). Infusing Educational Technologies in the Heart of the University – A Systematic Literature Review from an Organisational Perspective. British Journal of Educational Technology. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.13277 Publication details

Laufer, M., Leiser, A., Deacon, B., Perrin de Brichambaut, P., Fecher, B., Kobsoda, C., & Hesse, F. (2021). Digital higher education: A divider or bridge builder? Leadership perspectives on EdTech in a COVID-19 reality. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 18(51). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239‐021‐00287‐6 Publication details

Elsholz, U., Fecher, B., Deacon, B., Schäfer, L.O., & Laufer, M. (2021). Implikationen der Covid-19-Pandemie für digitale Lehre: Organisierte Freiheit als Veränderungsparadigma. MedienPädagogik: Zeitschrift für Theorie Und Praxis Der Medienbildung, 40(CoViD-19), 472-86. DOI: 10.21240/mpaed/40/2021.11.29.X Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Schütz, J., Rosenkranz, L., Deacon, B. & Elsholz, U. (2022). Never walk alone. Über das Verhältnis pädagogischer Professionalität und organisationaler Bedingungen an Hochschulen in Zeiten der Pandemie. In H. Angenent, J. Petri, & T. Zimenkova (Eds.), Hochschulen in der Pandemie: Impulse für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung von Studium und Lehre, In press. Bielefeld: transcript. Publication details

Laufer, M. Deacon, B. & Schäfer, L. O. (2022). The Power of Informal Networks: How Middle Management, Central Leadership and Trust can Impact Innovation at the University. In F. W. Hesse, C. Kobsda & C. Schemmann, Digital Transformation of Higher Education—Global Learning Report 2022. (pp. 21-23). Berlin: Global Learning Council (GLC), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V. (DAAD), Times Higher Education (THE). DOI: 10.21241/ssoar.79627 Publication details

Custer, S., Deacon, B., Herckis, L., Hesse, F. W., Hörig, M., Kercher, J., Knoth, A., Knüttgen, N., Kobsda, C., Leiser, A., Meyer-Guckel, V., Ndemo, B., Saxberg, B., Vignare, K. , & Willems, D. (2021). Global Learning Council (2021). Digital Transformation of Higher Education—Global Learning Report. In Friedrich W. Hesse, Christian Kobsda & Anne Leiser, Berlin:. DOI: 10.21241/ssoar.73580 Publication details

Fecher, B., Deacon, B., Ingen-Housz, T., Sokolovska, N. (Eds.) (2020). An Unlikely Experiment., Twentyfourty - Utopias for the Digital Society (pp. 9-15) Berlin: Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3678207 Publication details

Other publications

Deacon, B. & Leiser, A. (2022). Inequalities in higher education: A global perspective. Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) BLOG. Publication details

Deacon, B., Laufer, M. & Sokolovska, N. (2022). Sharing knowledge: Impact of Covid-19 on digital teaching. Digital society blog. Publication details

Deacon, B. & Timm, M. (2022). Possibilities for Change: Higher Education and Digitalisation. encore. The Annual Magazine on Internet and Society Research, 2021/2022, 120-127. Publication details

Deacon, B., Timm, M. (2021). Possibilities for Change – Higher Education and Digitalisation. Elephant In The Lab Blog Journal. Publication details

Deacon, B., & Timm, M. (2021). Possibilities for Change – Higher Education and Digitalisation. Digital society blog. Publication details

Fecher, B., & Deacon, B. (2021). Turning Scientists Into Novelists. encore. The Annual Magazine on Internet and Society Research. Publication details

Fecher, B., & Deacon, B. (2020). Leben, lieben, lernen – im Jahr 2040. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Laufer, M. & Deacon, B. (2020). The rapid digital turn: How are universities faring? Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Symposium. Digitale Kulturen der Lehre entwickeln.. University of Bamberg. Markusstr. 8a, 96047 Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany: 07.10.2022 Further information

Len Ole Schäfer, Bronwen Deacon, Melissa Laufer

Leadership in Digital Change: An exploration of organizational trust and innovation in universities
44th Annual EAIR Forum 2022. Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST), Malta. Online, Online, Malta: 06.09.2022 Further information

Melissa Laufer, Bronwen Deacon, & Len Ole Schäfer

Organizational conditions and dynamics of digital teaching [Case study].
Academic Practice and Technology (APT): Shaping academic practice through diversity and flexibility. UCL, LSE, Imperial College London, Kingston University & Queen Mary University London. Online, Online, UK: 01.07.2022 Further information

Len Ole Schäfer, Bronwen Deacon, & Melissa Laufer

Qualität in der digitalen Lehre – Eine Untersuchung von Einflussfaktoren
Tagung der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung 2021. Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung. Online, Siegen, Germany: 16.09.2021 Further information

Moritz Timm, Bronwen Deacon, Melissa Laufer, Len Ole Schäfer

Enge und lose Kopplungen in der Hochschule – Die COVID-19 Pandemie und digitale Lehre
Soziologische Betrachtungen zur Digitalisierung der Lehre (in der COVID-19-Pandemie). DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation. Online, Frankfurt am Main, Germany: 10.09.2021 Further information

Bronwen Deacon, Len Ole Schäfer, Moritz Timm, Melissa Laufer

The Rapid Digital Turn: An Exploration into the Tight and Loose Coupling of University Structures [paper presentation]
43rd Annual EAIR Forum 2021: Transformation Fast and Slow: Quality, Trust and Digitalisation in Higher Education.. Humboldt University of Berlin. Online, Berlin, Germany: 10.09.2021 Further information

Bronwen Deacon, Len Ole Schäfer & Melissa Laufer

Re-imagining higher education: Shifting gears and shifting visions
UNIVERSITY:FUTURE FESTIVAL - LEARNING, SYSTEMS AND THE NEW NORMAL. Hochschulforum Digitalisierung. Online, Berlin, Germany: 08.10.2020 Further information

Anne Leiser, Melissa Laufer, Bronwen Deacon, Christian Kobsda

Lehren in der Krise, Lernen aus der Krise? Erfolg & Verstetigung digitaler Lehr- und Lerninnovationen
UNIVERSITY:FUTURE FESTIVAL - LEARNING, SYSTEMS AND THE NEW NORMAL. Hochschulforum Digitalisierung. Online, Berlin, Germany: 07.10.2020 Further information

Melissa Laufer, Bronwen Deacon, Len Ole Schäfer

Panels

Inequalities in higher education: A global perspective
University:Future Festival 2021 - Open for Discussion. Hochschulforum Digitalisierung & Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre. Online, Berlin, Germany: 11.11.2021 Further information

Anne Leiser, Bronwen Deacon, P. Fredman, P. Ogan, B. Moder-Mercer & Grabill

Digital higher education – A divider or bridge builder? Leadership perspectives on digital learning for collaboration
CHER 33rd Annual Conference Promoting Closer Relations and Scholarly Dialogues Between European and Asian Higher Education Researchers. University of Hong Kong; CHER Board of Governors. Online, Hong Kong, HKSAR: 01.09.2021 Further information

Bronwen Deacon, Anne Leiser, Erle Lim Chuen Hian & Ilka Parchmann

Projects of a Digital Future – interventions and talk
Berlin Sci-Fi Film Fest. Berlin Sci-Fi FilmFest. Babylon Cinema, Berlin, Germany: 30.11.2019 Further information

Bronwen Deacon

Moderation of workshops and panels

Utopian science fiction writing: build your own future AI world
Annual Conference: KI-Camp 2021. Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI). Online, Berlin, Germany: 16.03.2021 Further information

Bronwen Deacon, Isabella Hermann

Organisation of events

The Rapid Digital Turn: An Exploration into the Tight and Loose Coupling of University Structures
Understanding Digital Transformations of Higher Education Teaching and Learning in the Nordics and Beyond. From 30.03.2021 to 31.07.2021. Online, Online, Online. Co-Organised by: Universities of Agder (Norway) Aarhus (Denmark) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) (International) Further information

Melissa Laufer, Bronwen Deacon

twentyforty talks - Auf einen Drink mit Dirk Baecker
with attending Vip: Dirk Baecker. 15.04.2020. Stream, Berlin, Germany (National) Further information

Bronwen Deacon, Benedikt Fecher

Participation as expert

Stakeholder-Dialog – Ethik der Digitalisierung
Stakeholder-Dialog – Ethik der Digitalisierung Stakeholder-Dialog – Ethik der Digitalisierung Berkman Klein Center, Digital Asia Hub. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany: 06.10.2021 Further information

Vincent Hofmann, Freya Hewett, Georg von Richthofen, Adrian Kopps, Bronwen Deacon, Matthias C. Kettemann, Wolfgang Schulz