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Gitte Miller Balslev is associated professor in Educational Innovation at Science Education and Communication - FNUG - Departement of Mathematics and Computer Science at SDU, University of Southern Denmark. She has experience with research management as former head of the research center CESE - Center of Excellence in Science Education at University College Copenhagen.

Gitte holds a PhD in collaborative innovation in public sector education from Roskilde University, Denmark, and develops her research around STEM-related educational innovation on educational change through national reforms, educational leadership in reform realization, collaborative innovation and educational ecosystems from a network perspective - The NetEduProject. The NetEduProject is a cross-national research and development project across 15 nations investigating the potential of educational networks. In relation to an educational network perspective, research interest is also cast into understanding specific educational ecosystems around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) networks.

Building on long practical experience and strong bonds to the Danish public educational system, Gitte builds on Engaged Scholarship (Van de Ven 2007) and forms research projects as collaborative endeavors between multiple practitioners, professions and researchers. Gitte has built up social capital in the areas of education, innovation and organization by facilitated major changes stretching from institutional to municipal and national level.

At SDU Gitte also works with developing university teaching with connection to the UN goals of sustainability and has developed new master programs on pedagogical change management in and around public schooling. Furtheremore Gitte is associated at Center for Primary and Lower Secondary Education Research, SDU investigating organization and leadership of Eco-schools in relation to green societal transition.

Education/Academic qualification

Research management, Research Management Cource 35, CBS Executive Fonden

18. Sept 202326. Jan 2024

Award Date: 26. Jan 2024

Qualification for Associat Professor, University of Southern Denmark

2. Dec 201924. Jul 2020

Award Date: 24. Jul 2020

PhD - InnovatiPublic Sector - Education, PhD, Transformation and Education, Innovation, learning and collaboration, Roskilde University

1. Aug 20091. Aug 2012

Award Date: 22. Mar 2013

Cultural Communication, Masters, Cultural analysis of the Internet and how it influences our ways of thinking and learning, University of Southern Denmark

1. Sept 199830. Aug 2001

Award Date: 24. Jan 2001

Physical Education, Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, University of Copenhagen

1. Sept 199230. Jun 1995

Award Date: 30. Jun 1995

Masters of Public Management (commensed), University of Southern Denmark

1. Feb 2017 → …

External positions

Associate Professor, educational innovation, University og Southern Denmark

1. Oct 2021 → …

Head of CESE, Center of Excellence in Science Education, Københavns Professionshøjskole

1. Sept 20211. Mar 2024

Research fellow at Centre for Primary and Lower Secondary Education Research

1. Feb 202131. Aug 2021

Affiliated Lecturer, University of Southern Denmark

1. Sept 20201. Sept 2021

Postdoc, University of Southern Denmark

1. Aug 201730. Aug 2020

Developmental Consultant, Svendborg Kommune

1. Aug 201430. Jun 2017

Chief consultant, Center for Offentlige Kompetenceudvikling

5. Jan 201330. Jun 2014

PhD Scholar, Roskilde University

1. Aug 20091. Aug 2012

Organizational consultant, MillerQuest

14. Jan 2005 → …

Developmental manager, Ungdomsskoleforeningen

1. Aug 200130. Dec 2005

Research areas

  • Educational Organisation and Management
  • Collaborative Educational Networks
  • Leadership
  • Educational Climate
  • Educational Culture
  • Networks
  • Social Networks
  • STEM didaktik


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