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Prof. Dr. habil. Nina Kolleck

Foto-Nina Kolleck

Department of Educational Research and Social Systems


Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room KL 23/113
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Appointments assigned as needed (telephone, online): sekkolleck@erzwiss.fu-berlin.de

Website by Max v. Eller-Eberstein: m.eberstein@fu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck studies the role of social networks and systems in education and is particularly interested in questions of collaboration, social relations, reforms, sustainability, innovations, trust and teacher motivation . She has developed a solid line of research dealing with methods of Social Network Analysis in education, public policy and teacher development. Publications in the top journals in her field include among others: Journal of Education Policy, Discourse, Journal of European Public Policy, Global Environmental Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Educational Administration, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft andZeitschrift für Pädagogik. 

In the last few years she was visiting professor at different international universities such as the University of California, Berkeley(USA), the University of British Columbia Vancouver(Canada), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem(Israel), etc.. In line with her research interests, she serves as an advisor, consultant and board member for several ministries (e.g. the German Ministry of Education and Research), different councils, foundations and political initiatives and was appointed directorate member of the commission for education management, education planning and educational law (KBBB) by the German Educational Research Association (DGfE). 

Having gained third party funding and scholarships from different institutions and funders she has currently secured funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Mercator Foundation, the German Ministry of Education and Research and the Joachim Herz Foundation. 

Professional Career

Since 2019 Nina is Professor at Leipzig University: https://www.sozphil.uni-leipzig.de/cm/powi/prof-dr-nina-kolleck/


Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University


Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley


Visiting Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

2014 - 2018

W1 Professor of Educational Research and Social Systems, Freie Universität Berlin


Head of a research group entitled “Positioning and Contribution of Foundations” (Positionierung und Beitrag von Stiftungen), Hertie School of Governance and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Research associate (postdoc), Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology


Visiting professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Sciences (parallel to activities at the Department of Education and Psychology)


Doctoral fellow under a German federal program for highly talented students, employee at Freie Universität Berlin, FFU

Additional Work Experience: ACSEA Formation (social pedagogic organization for groups including the illiterate in Normandy), GIZ Quito and Loja (Ecuador), GIZ Yaoundé (Cameroon), German Bundestag, Inwent (Capacity Building International)

Academic Career

2007–2010 (2009: maternity leave)

Doctoral study program, Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main

2001–2007 (2005–2007: maternity leave)

Study program at the University of Potsdam, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, in Quito, Ecuador, and at the Université de Caen, France

Professional Awards and Distinctions, Fellowships and Memberships (selection)

Award for Research Cooperation and Highest Excellence in Science (ARCHES 2018), Max Planck Society, Minerva Foundation together with Dr. Yemini (endowed with 200,000.00 EUR).

Scholarship for a visiting professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, 2018.

Scholarship for a visiting professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2017.

Prize of best teaching 2016

Scholarship for a research stay at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2016

Anonymous expert activities for organizations that provide aid and funding, including the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (within the scope of the P.R.I.M.E. – Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience – program)

Appointment as member of the selection panel for a German Academic Foundation (Vertrauensdozentin)

Mentor for student aid for a German federal program for highly talented students

Selected participant in the cross-university ProFiL program for developing leadership talent in research and academia at the universities in Berlin and Potsdam

Different scholarships and fellowships from foundations and DAAD

Member of the panel of experts to give expert opinions of master’s degree programs at ASH Berlin (Alice-Salomon Hochschule Berlin)

Member of the panel of judges for the competition organized by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and the BMBF to promote local education and competency networks for sustainability

Member of the German Association of Educational Science (DGfE)

Member of the German Association of Political Science (DVPW)

Teaching Activities at the Freie University Berlin

2016/17 Winter Term

  • Teaching Research Project: "What Motivates Future Teachers to Implement Differentiated Instruction Strategies? Motivation and Heterogeneity in the German School System" (12145), Please contact: sekkolleck@erzwiss.fu-berlin.de

  • Teaching Research Project: "Increasing Educational Success Through Cooperation? Trust, Motivation and Networks in Educational Landscapes" (12146), Please contact: sekkolleck@erzwiss.fu-berlin.de

  • Lecture: "Introduction to Education" (12003), Monday 10-12, Room L202 (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)
  • Colloquium (12802), Freitag 10-12, Please contact: sekkolleck@erzwiss.fu-berlin.de

2016 Summer Term

  • Lecture "Methods of Social Research" (12068), Tuesday 10-13, Room K 23/11 (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)
  • Colloquium (12808), Friday 10-12, Please contact: sekkolleck@erzwiss.fu-berlin.de

2015/16 Winter Term

  • Colloquium (12801), Friday, 10a.m.-12a.m., Room JK 25/208

    Please contact: sekkolleck@campus.fu-berlin.de

  • Lecture "Developments in Educational System and Educational Research" (12101), Monday 12a.m.-14p.m., Room K 24/21

  • Teaching Research Project "Educational Cooperation and Networks: New Chances for Educationally Disadvantaged?" (12156)

  • Teaching Research Project "Social Networks in Educational Research" (12157)

2015 Summer Term

  • Course "Understanding Educational Processes“ (12402), Friday, 8a.m.-10a.m., room KL25/134
  • Course "Understanding Educational Processes“ (12403), Friday,10a.m.-12p.m.,room KL 25/134

2014/15 Winter Term

  • Course: "Educational Action" (12301), Monday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., room JK 31/227
  • Course: "Educational Action" (12303), Tuesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., room JK 31/228
  • Teaching Research Project: "International Organizations and Multilateral Conventions in Education"
  • Course: "Social Network Analysis and Theory"

Topics of Completed Seminars and Lectures:

Developments in Educational Systems and Education Research

Social Network Analysis

Scholarly Work, Research Methods

Sustainable Development

Organizational Studies and Public Administration

International and Comparative Politics

Current Projects

CONNECT: Connections and Levels of Influence of Treaty Secretariats in International Environmental and Disability Policy-Making over Time

Duration: 10/2017-09/2020

Funded by: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Project Budget: approx. 400,000.00 Euro

CONNECT seeks to systematically analyze the influence of international treaty secretariats over time. Using a mixed methods research design, the project aims to investigate two research questions:

How do international treaty secretariats exert influence on the processes, discourses and outcomes of multilateral negotiations over time and across issue areas? To what extent does the secretariats’ social embeddedness in issue-specific information flows explain this influence?

Altogether, CONNECT pursues four central objectives that are closely interlinked and address essential advances concerning the empirical, methodological and theoretical state of the art:

  1. to empirically reassess the influence of international treaty secretariats over time by drawing back on actor-based stochastic network analysis ,
  2. to compare the influence of treaty secretariats in different areas (climate change, biodiversity and disability policy),
  3. to combine findings from SNA with qualitative insights gathered with DA in order to identify central determinants of secretariat influence, and
  4. to theoretically reconceptualize the relationship between the embeddedness (i.e., the relative position or nodality) of international treaty secretariats and their influence on policy outputs using social network theory

The project seeks to contribute to these research aims by reconceptualizing the influence of international treaty secretariats in relational terms and by empirically testing hypotheses derived from social network theory as well as from the first project phase (namely our project ENVIPA).

NetKuB: Netzwerke Kultureller Bildung K2

Duration: 01/2018 - 12/2022

Funded by: German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck

Project Budget: approx. 820,000.00 Euro at FU Berlin (for the whole period of five years)

Research Goals:

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Educational Cooperation in the Ruhr Area (Real Laboratory RuhrFutur)

Grant number: A 16015, Principal Investigator

Duration: 06/2015-12/2017

Funded by: RuhrFutur gGmbH

Project Budget: approx. 400,000.00 Euro

Universities’ Role in Promoting Sustainable Education – Integrating Theory, Research and Good Practice

Duration: 2017

Funded by: CIC

Project Partners: Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck, Freie Universität Berlin and Dr. Dorit Kerret, Tel Aviv University.

In cooperation with researchers from Tel Aviv University and Freie Universität Berlin we will further develop existing research and practice into an interdisciplinary working group of researchers, sustainability managers and administrative staff of both Universities in all aspects of this field and to submit joint research proposals for conducting the research with special focus on the model of Green Campus.

Behind the Scenes (grant number KO 4997/1-1)

within the DFG Research Unit International Public Administration (grant number FOR 1745), Principal Investigator

Duration: 2014-2017 (First funding period of the Research Unit: 36 months)

Funded by: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Project Budget (first funding period for the whole Research Unit): appr. 3 Mio. Euro

Project Budget (research grant for the first funding period at the FU Berlin): 361,311.00 Euro

Project description:

The project “Behind the Scenes” of the DFG-Research Unit “International Public Administration” explores how and to what extent international public administrations (IPAs) interact with (non-)state actors of various levels during and in-between major international conferences.

Since autumn 2015, the project is affiliated with the Earth System Governance Project. The Earth System Governance Project is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. Its international research program takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance systems to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of our planet. The normative context of its research is sustainable development: Earth system governance is not only seen as a question of governance effectiveness, but also as a challenge for political legitimacy and social justice.

The project "Behind the Scenes" seeks to identify to what extent and under which conditions convention secretariats can act as partially autonomous actors. By exploring the mechanisms that enhance an administrative actor’s ability to communicate and interact with other actors, the project contributes to a better understanding of the working of IPAs at the intersection of public administration and transnational organizations in issue-specific negotiations (e.g., Gender, Climate Education).

Theoretically, the project draws on hypotheses and concepts developed in accounts of IPA activity rooted in principal-agent theory, sociological institutionalism, and organizational theory. Our study will put assumed causal mechanisms to an empirical test and thus contribute to further theory building. From a methodological point of view, the project seeks to develop a new approach to measure the interaction between different actors at the international level. Using SNA as our main methodological approach, we go beyond previous research in this area. In order to achieve the highest possible accuracy, we will develop a multi-tiered approach, drawing not only on measures of Social Network Analysis (SNA) but also on hierarchical cluster analysis of the matrix of Euclidean and correlational distance measures, fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA), regression analysis and analysis of Twitter data.

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Completed Projects

Zukunftsstadt Gelsenkirchen

Duration: 2015-2016, Principal Investigator

Funded by: German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project Budget: 30,000.00 Euro

Joint Initiative of Citiy of Gelsenkirchen, Prof. Dr. Gerhard de Haan, Prof. Dr. Inka Bormann and Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck

Internationale Verhandlungen im Bildungsbereich: Eine Mixed Methods-Studie zur Analyse latenten Einflusses

Duration: 2015, Principal Investigator

Forschungsförderung, Professorinnenprogramm der Freien Universität Berlin

Project Budget: 30,000.00 Euro

Internationale Konventionen im Bildungsbereich

Duration: 2015, Principal Investigator

Funded by: Center for Research Strategy

Project Budget: 9,800.00 Euro

Research Group „Positions and Contribution of Foundations“

Funded by: VolkswagenStiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Project Partners: Hertie School of Governance and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Advocacy by Foundations

Duration: Oktober 2013 – Dezember 2014

Funded by: Stiftung Mercator

Qualitätssicherung in der Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung (QuaSi BNE)

Logo QuaSi BNE

Duration: 01. Juni 2010 — 31. Dezember 2013

Funded by: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Meta-Analyse – Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien in Politik und Wirtschaft

Duration: 01. September 2008 – 30. November 2010

Funded by: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Project Partners: Freie Universität Berlin, Adelphi Research gGmbH und Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW) gGmbH

Guest Professorship

Duration: 17. Juni 2011 – 31. März 2012

Funded by: Berliner Programm zur Förderung der Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre

PhD Scholarship

Duration: 01. Oktober 2007 – 31. Juli 2010

Funded by: Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation