Dr Verena K. Brändle

Dr Verena K. Brändle

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Assistant Professor

Contact details

School of Government
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Brändle is a political scientist specialising in European politics. Her research focuses on the intersection of wider Democratic Theory, Social Media, Political Communication, Border and Migration Studies, with an interest in connecting her research to issues and applications in Computational Social Science Methods for qualitative research designs.


  • PhD, University of Copenhagen, 2017
  • MA in Contemporary European Studies, University of Bath, Sciences Po Paris, HU Berlin, FU Berlin, 2012
  • BA in Rhetoric (major) and Public Law (minor), University of Tübingen, 2010


Dr Brändle joined the Department in April 2023. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna. Prior to that she held Postdoctoral positions in several international research projects at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Siegen. 

In 2020 she was awarded a DFF-International Postdoctoral Grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark for a project entitled ‘Informing to dissuade: Governments’ digital information campaigns for migrants as bordering practices’. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute and a PhD Visiting Fellow at the Humboldt-University in Berlin.

Dr Brändle holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen (2017), an MA in European Politics from the University of Bath, Sciences Po Paris, Humboldt-University and Free University Berlin and a B.A. in Rhetoric and Public Law from the University of Tübingen. 

She speaks German (native language), Danish (advanced), French (intermediate) and Italian (Beginner).


Her research interests include the democratic implications of social media, digital migration studies, and questions of accountability and representation beyond the state. Currently she focuses on government communication to different target audiences in relation to questions of democratic representation, legitimation, and accountability. She is further interested in applying Computational Methods, especially for qualitative research designs.


Brändle, V.K. and Tolochko, P. (forthcoming), The ‘who is who’ of migration information campaigns on social media, Journal of Borderlands Studies. DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2023.2202210 

Brändle, V.K. and Eisele, O., (2023), A Thin Line: Governmental Border Communication in Times of European Crisis, Journal of Common Market Studies 61(3): 597–615. DOI: 10.1111/JCMS.13398 

Brändle, V.K., (2022), Well informed? EU governments’ digital information campaigns for (potential) migrants, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies [online first].DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2022.2046896. 

Brändle, V.K. (2022), “Claiming authority over ‘truths’ and ‘facts’: Information risk campaigns to prevent irregular migration”., In: Conrad, M., Hálfdánarson, G., Michailidou, A., Galpin, C. and Pyrhönen, N. (eds.) Europe in the Age of Post-Truth Politics. Palgrave, p. 151-176. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-13694-8_8. 

Brändle, V.K., Helles, R., and Jensen, K. B., (2022), “The communicative state of states”., In: K.B. Jensen and Helles, R. (eds.) Comparing communication systems – the internets of China, Europe, and the United States. Routledge, pp. 24-45. DOI: 10.4324/9781003057055-2. 

Eisele, O., Litvyak, O., Brändle, V.K., Balluff, P, Fischeneder, A., Sotirakou, C., Syed Ali, P., and Boomgaarden, H., (2022), An emotional rally: Exploring commenters’ responses to online news coverage of the COVID-19 crisis in Austria, Digital Journalism 10(6): 952-975.DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2021.2004552. 

Cinalli, M., Trenz, H.J., Brändle, V.K., Eisele, O. and Lahusen, C. (2021). Solidarity in the media and public contention over refugees in Europe. Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780367817169