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Nina Bonderup Dohn

Chair of Humanities
Department for Design, Media and Educational Science


MA, Ph.D, Dr.phil Nina Bonderup Dohn is Professor in Learning and ICT at the Department of Design and Communication at SDU.

Professor Nina Bonderup Dohn holds a dr.phil. in educational philosophy with the dissertation Epistemological concerns – querying the learning field from a philosophical point of view, defended on 21.9.2017 at the SDU, Kolding.

She is Head of the Center for Learning Computational Thinking, an interdisciplinary center involving researchers from the Faculty of Humanities (Department of Design and Communication and Department for the Study of Culture), the Faculty of Science (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science) and the Faculty of Engineering (Maersk-McKinney Moller Institute). She also leads the research program Learning, Design and Digitalization at the Department of Design and Communication. She currently (2020-2024) holds a research grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark for the project Designing for Situated Computational Thinking with Computational Things which involves researchers from three Danish universities and four international ones (in Great Britain, Australia, and the Netherlands). She recently finalized another project, Designing for Situated Knowledge in a World of Change, also financed by Independent Research Fund Denmark

Professor Nina Bonderup Dohn is regularly invited as Visiting Researcher to top international universities, including twice at University of California, Berkeley (2000-2001 and 2009-2010), and three times at University of Sydney (2013-2014, 2016, 2018). She has an extensive international network and has participated in several international research teams. Since 2015, she has been part of the Steering Committee for the biannual International Networked Learning Conference. Since 2018, she is Senior Coordinator of the Special Interest Group on Educational Theory in EARLI (European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction).

Her education reflects her commitment to interdisciplinary studies. She holds a PhD in learning theory from Aalborg University (2005) and an MA in philosophy (major subject) and physics (minor subject), Aarhus University (1998).

In 2004, she was awarded the Teaching Prize for the Faculty of Humanities, upon nomination from her students.

Her research field bridges between epistemology, learning theory, and cognitive theory, and does so both philosophically and in terms of the development and testing of concrete designs for learning in practice, with a special focus on the role of ICT. Interdisciplinarity is key in her work, including the metaphilosophical explication of the roles philosophy can have in relation to other disciplines. Her research centers on questions such as what human knowledge is, how it is developed, how one can facilitate others’ in developing knowledge, and what roles technology can play.

For more information about Professor Nina Bonderup Dohn, please refer to the SDU Research Portal.