M.A. Nina Brandau

Research ProfileBrandau

  • School development and organisational structures in educational institutions
  • Datafication and digitalization of education and school organisation
  • Participatory design of socio-technical environments and Design-Based Research
  • Cultural transfers and networks

Contact Information

2382, H1
Visiting address
Building H1
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg
Postal address
Postfach 70 08 22
22008 Hamburg


  • since May 2021: Research assistant at Helmut Schmidt University in the dtec-project „Smart Schools – SMASCH“, project lead: Prof. Dr. Sigrid Hartong (Professorship for Transformation of Governance in Education and Society)
  • 11/2019 – 04/2021: Education Policy Officer, Bitkom e.V.
  • 2017 – 2019: Study of „Euroculture: Society, Politics and Culture in a Global Context“ (M.A.) at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Main focus: Cultural transfers and German-Scandinavian networks, national minorities, European public sphere; Master thesis: „Cultural Transfers between German and Swedish Theatre in the early 20th Century. The Reception and Function of German Theatre in Sweden“.
  • 2016-2017: Student assistant at a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Cologne
  • 2015-2016: Erasmus study abroad at Uppsala University, Sweden. Main focus: Language sociology and liguistics.
  • 2013-2017: Study of Mediaculture und Scandinavian Studies (B.A.) at University of Cologne. Main focus: media and cultural theories, Scandinavian literature of the 20th century; Bachelor thesis: „The German theatre in Sweden. Max Reinhardt’s guest plays in Stockholm, 1911-1920“.


Project Smart Schools (SMASCH).” (since January 2021)

OPAL research project (duration 48 months) to accompany and support schools in the development of sustainable, pedagogically meaningful and demand-oriented digitalization concepts that have an appropriate and target-adequate effect in the medium and long term.
Funded by the Center for Digitalization and Technology Research of the German Armed Forces (dtec.bw).

Cafantaris, Karola; Brandau, Nina & Hartong, Sigrid (2023) Suchbewegungen und Ansätze nachhaltiger digitaler Schulentwicklung am Beispiel des Projekts ‚Smarte Schulen‘ (SMASCH). In: MedienPädagogik: Zeitschrift für Theorie Und Praxis Der Medienbildung 52 (gerecht – digital – nachhaltig): 129-48. Link.

Brandau, Nina & Alirezabeigi, Samira (2022) Critical and participatory design in-between the tensions of daily schooling: working towards sustainable and reflective digital school development. In: Learning, Media and Technology. Link.

Cafantaris, Karola & Brandau, Nina (2023) What is ‚sustainable‘ digital school development? SIIVE Jahreskonferenz 2023, Berlin, 09.03.2023.

Brandau, Nina (2022) Using Critical and Participatory Design for sustainable and reflective digital school development? SMASCH in-between the tensions of daily schooling. Network meeting of the Technical Democracy Network as part of the Australian Association for Education Research Annual Conference, Adelaide, 01.12.22.

Junne, Barbara & Brandau, Nina (2022) Nachhaltige Digitalisierung in Schulen aus Sicht der Forschung. Herausforderungen und Chancen. 12th local education conference in Sasel/Wellingsbüttel „Unser Stadtteil smart – Sasel und Wellingsbüttel im digitalen Zeitalter”, online, 06.10.22.

Cafantaris, Karola & Brandau, Nina (2022) Suchbewegungen und Ansätze nachhaltiger digitaler Schulentwicklung am Beispiel des Projekts ‚Smarte Schulen‘ (SMASCH). Contribution in the context of the conference „Gerecht, digital, nachhaltig! Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Lehr- und Lernprozesse in der digitalen Welt“, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 20.05.2022.

Brandau, Nina (2021) Critical design as a tool for comparative school development research? Developing sustainable digitisation strategies in Germany and Belgium. Contribution to the winter school „International and comparative education science goes digital?! (Pandemische) Herausforderungen und (neue) Möglichkeiten der Digitalisierung für die (Nachwuchs-)Forschung“, Commission for Comparative and International Educational Science at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft, online, 9.-10.12.2021.

Brandau, Nina (2019) Cultural Transfers between German and Swedish Theatre in the early 20th Century. Contribution in the context of the 4th U4 Network Workshop „Concepts and Tools in Cultural Transfer. Research Case: Travel Writing“, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 16.-17.05.2019.

Brandau, Nina (2018) Region vs. Nation – Regional actors‘ voice in the public debate on the reintroduction of border controls between Denmark and Germany. Paper presentation in the context of the Euroculture Intensive Programme „Where is Europe“, Jagiellonen University Krakow, 24.-30.06.2018.


Letzte Änderung: 20. March 2023