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Research interests

Dr Frauke Behrendt's research contributes to the understanding of both the design process and the user experience of emerging/innovative mobile and digital technologies.

Her findings have impact in the areas of media, mobility, sustainability, interaction design, sound studies, intelligent transport and smart cities. Behrendt's results and insights translate into policy, design and teaching.

Research interests

Dr Frauke Behrendt is a Principal Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Brighton and Deputy Head of School for Research and Enterprise in the School of Media. She is also the founding director of the Centre for Digital Media Cultures. Behrendt let the EPSRC-funded research project ‘Smart e-bikes – understanding how commuters and communities engage with electrically-assisted cycling’, the 'Intelligent Transport Solutions for Social Inclusion' project, and the research on the NetPark project.

Dr Behrendt is a Fellow of Theatrum Mundi and was on the on the Steering Committee of the EU COST IC0601 Action on Sonic Interaction Design (SID). For this, she co-curated an exhibition on ‘Sonic Interaction Design’ at the Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine in Oslo (29 May 2011 - 21 August 2011) in connection with NIME 2011.  She was on the Steering Committee of the International Workshop of Mobile Music Technology.

Previously, Dr Behrendt held positions as Research Fellow at the Cultures of the Digital Economy Institute (CoDE), Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, at the University of Sussex and as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Digital+Media MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design (US).

Supervisory Interests

My supervisory interests cover the broad areas of digital and data culture, mobility and transport, sustainability and environment, culture and heritage, sound and multi-sensory media. I have expertise in supervising theory and practice-based PhDs, and also interdicsiplinary work, including media and communication studies, social science, art and HCI, plus involvment of external partners/stakeholders. My methods expertise covers qualitative and mixed methods including interviews, focus groups, case studies, ethnographic approaches, hard- and software development for data capture, critical discourse analysis, sonic approaches, interventions and experiments, NVIVO. I am currently supervising six PhD students inlcuding SEAHA and SCDTP-funded projects, and have served as internal and external examiner on PhDs. 


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Mobile Media
  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • Interactive Media
  • Data
  • Digital
  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • Mobilities
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Intelligent Transport
  • Smart Mobility
  • Mobility
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • NX Arts in general
  • Digital Art
  • Creative Industries
  • Interactive Art and Media
  • Heritage
  • M Music
  • Sound Studies
  • G Geography (General)
  • Human Geography
  • Transport Geography
  • Media Geography
  • Sustainability

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Projects 2017 2021

Research Output 2006 2019

Cycling the Smart and Sustainable City: Analyzing EC Policy Documents on Internet of Things, Mobility and Transport, and Smart Cities

Behrendt, F., 1 Feb 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 3, 30 p., 763.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Railroad cars
Internet of things
Smart city

Ljudkonst i rörelse

Translated title of the contribution: Sound Art in Motion Behrendt, F., 2019, Ljudkonst. Stjerna, A. & Engström, A. (eds.). OEI Editör, p. 181-202

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Cars vs Bikes: Intelligent Transport in EC Policy Documents

Behrendt, F., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

European Community
Railroad cars


Behrendt, F., 8 Nov 2018, The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies. Bull, M. (ed.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

urban planning
group size
research practice

Author Commentary: Mobile Music Technology: From Innovation to Ubiquitous Use

Behrendt, F., 16 Mar 2017, A NIME Reader: Fifteen Years of New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Alexander, R. J. & Lyons, M. J. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 261-265 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch


Activities 2013 2018

  • 5 Event
  • 3 External funding peer-review

Drones for Heritage Communication andAudience Development: SEAHA PhD Studentship

Frauke Behrendt (Participant), Patricia Prieto Blanco (Participant), Jaime Kaminski (Participant)
Dec 2018Sep 2022

Activity: EventsEvent

3D 5G Immersive Audio for Urban OutdoorHeritage Contexts. SEAHA PhD studentship

Frauke Behrendt (Participant), Maria Papadomanolaki (Participant)
Oct 2018Sep 2022

Activity: EventsEvent

Datafication of Cycling: SCDTP PhD studentship

Frauke Behrendt (Participant), Lesley Murray (Participant), Philip Haynes (Participant)
Sep 2017Sep 2020

Activity: EventsEvent

Noise after finitude: What is the art and political agency of noise post the finitude of the phenomenal? PhD studentship

Frauke Behrendt (Participant), L Pendrell (Participant), Stephen Mallinder (Participant)

Activity: EventsEvent