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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


Researcher and project manager: Knowledge & Society

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Deacon, B., Timm, M. (2021). Possibilities for Change – Higher Education and Digitalisation. Elephant in the Lab. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5113453 Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

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

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


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