Associate Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr Sigrid Quack

Fellows Unit 3

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 196
47059 Duisburg

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-137
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: quack@spam


Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack is Associate Senior Fellow in Research Unit 3 'Global Governance Revisited'. Before that she already joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow from April to September 2016.

Research Project at the Centre

Contested Authority in Transnational Governance: The Epistemic, Organizational and Institutional Dimensions

Drawing on pragmatist traditions in the sociology of knowledge and organizations, the project will develop a theoretical framework for the study of the epistemic, organizational and institutional dimensions of authority in transnational governance. This framework will then serve to empirically analyze processes of contestation and learning between different organizations within a set of governance fields. In a further step, the project will develop a research design to study the role of international NGOs as brokers and intermediaries in processes of contestation and learning across different governance fields. The overall aim is to contribute to a better understanding of why certain organizations and/or fields develop along more inclusive or exclusive trajectories in terms of participation and to what effect cross-border contestation and learning by NGOs leads to more or less similarity between governance fields.

Research Interests

  • Transnational Governance, Expertise and Authority
  • International Standard-Setting
  • Cross-border Careers in 'Global' Civil Society

Current Projects

  • Organizing Creativity under Uncertainty (DFG-FOR2161)
  • Cross-border Careers in 'Global' Civil Society
  • Capacitating Social Services for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees: The Role of Interagency Cooperation


Since 10/2013 University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Institute for Sociology
Professor of Sociology
2007-2013 Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany
Research Group Institution Building Across Borders
Head of Research Group
1992-2007 Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
Internationalization and Organization
Senior Researcher
1990-1992 Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for Sociology
1987-1990 Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
Labor Market Policy
PhD Fellow

Selected Publications

Quack, Sigrid (2016): Expertise and Authority in Transnational Governance, in: Cotterrell, Roger/Del Mar, Maksymillian (eds.): Authority in a Transnational Age, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Quack, Sigrid/Schüssler, Elke (2015): Dynamics of Regulation and the Transformation of Professional Services Firms: National and Transnational Developments, in: Empson, Laure et al. (eds.): Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 48–71.

Morgan, Glenn/Hirsch, Paul/Quack, Sigrid (eds.) (2015): Elites on Trial. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Emerald Publishers.

Dobusch, Leonhard/Quack, Sigrid (2013): Framing Standards, Mobilizing Users: Copyright versus Fair Use in Transnational Regulation, Review of International Political Economy 20 (1): 52–88.

Malets, Olga/Quack, Sigrid (2013): Projecting the Local into the Global: Trajectories of Participation in Transnational Standard-Setting, in: Drori, Gili/Höllerer, Markus/Walgenbach, Peter (eds.): Global Themes and Local Variations in Organization and Management. Perspectives on Glocalization, London: Routledge, 325–38.

Quack, Sigrid (2010): Law, Expertise and Legitimacy in Transnational Economic Governance: An Introduction, Socio-Economic Review 8 (1): 3–16.

Quack, Sigrid (2009): "Global" Markets in Theory and History: Towards a Comparative Analysis, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Sonderheft 49: 126–42.

Djelic, Marie-Laure/Quack, Sigrid (eds.) (2010): Transnational Communities. Shaping Global Economic Governance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Botzem, Sebastian/Quack, Sigrid (2009): (No) Limits to Anglo-American Accounting? Reconstructing the History of the International Accounting Standards Committee: A Review Article, Accounting, Organizations and Society 34 (8): 988–98.

Quack, Sigrid (2007): Legal Professionals and Transnational Law-Making: A Case of Distributed Agency, Organization 14 (5): 643–66.

Djelic, Marie-Laure/Quack, Sigrid (2007): Overcoming Path Dependencies – Path Generation in Open Systems, Theory and Society 36: 161–86.

Djelic, Marie-Laure/Quack, Sigrid (eds.) (2003): Globalization and Institutions. Redefining the Rules of the Economic Game, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Professor of Comparative and Transnational Sociology in the BA and MA Programme in Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Member of the Faculty of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Politica Constitution of the Economy, Germany


  • Society for the Avancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)
  • German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, DGS)


  • Winner of the MPIFG Journal Article Award 2014 (with L. Dobusch)
  • Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 (with M.-L. Djelic)

Dr Ayse Cavdar

Prof. Dr Babacar Kanté

Dr Zeynep Sahin Mencutek

Dr Mariana Nardone

Prof. Dr Frank Adloff

Prof. Dr Dr Marlies Ahlert

Dr Alessandra Cappelletti

Gerardo Bracho

Dr Dr Ariel Hernández

Prof. David Chandler

Dr Esref Aksu

Dr Burcu Bayram

Dr Pol Bargués-Pedreny

Dr Isaline Bergamaschi

Dr Felix Bethke

Dr Sarah Van Beurden

Jun.-Prof. Dr Manuel Borutta

Dr Morgan Brigg

Prof. Dr Jonathan Joseph

Prof. Dr Lothar Brock

Dr Yannis Kallianos

Prof. Dr Jon Hovi

Prof. Dr Ina Kerner

Dr Xavier Mathieu

Prof. Detlef Sprinz, Ph.D.

Prof. Stephen Brown

Dr Liam Swiss

Prof. Dr Susanne Buckley-Zistel

Prof. Dr Larry Crump

Prof. Dr Dvora Yanow

Prof. Dr Bettina Burger-Menzel

Prof. emerit. Arild Underdal

Prof. David Carment, Ph.D.

Dr Wanda Vrasti

Prof. Faten Ghosn

Dr Paula Castro

Prof. Hongming Cheng

Prof. Dr Manjiao Chi

Prof. Andrew Cooper

Prof. Dr Claudia Derichs

Prof. Dr Susan Erikson

Dr Alejandro Esguerra

Prof. Dr Isabel Feichtner

Jaroslava Gajdošová, Ph.D.

Prof. Noemi Gal-Or, Ph.D., LL.B.

Dr Daniel Gaus

Mneesha Gellman, Ph.D.

Dr Gianluca Grimalda

Dr Jennifer Gronau

Dr Stefan Groth

Dr Heike Hennig-Schmidt

Prof. Meibo Huang

Dr Abou Jeng

Dr phil. habil. Otto Kallscheuer

Dr Kai Koddenbrock

Mag. Dr Martina Kopf

Prof. Dr Bernd Lahno

Prof. Dr Sigrid Quack

Prof. Siddharth Mallavarapu

Dr rer. pol. Winfried Veit

Aysem Mert, Ph.D.

PD Dr Christian Meyer

Dr Fariborz Zelli

Dr Elisabetta Nadalutti

Dr Dirk Peters

Dr Steven Pierce

Prof. Elena Pulcini

Dr Salvador Santino F. Regilme

Dr Nicole Renvert

Dr Mathieu Rousselin

Dr Galya Ruffer

Dr Olivia Rutazibwa

Mag. Dr Ariane Sadjed

Dr Shirin Saeidi

Prof. Dr Enrique Saravia

Dr Andrea Schapper

Prof. Dr Klaus Schlichte

Dr Jessica Schmidt

Dr Mario Schmidt

Prof. Dr Ulrich Schneckener

Prof. Jan Aart Scholte

Dr habil. Birgit Schwelling

Dr Katrin Seidel

Dr Balraj K. Sidhu

Dr Abdolkarim Soroush

Dr Holger Straßheim

Dr Ángela Suárez-Collado

Prof. Dr Christian J. Tams

Margret Thalwitz

Dr Peter Thiery

Prof. Dong Wang

Dr Hung-Jen Wang

Prof. Dr Herbert Wulf

Prof. Dr Shirin Zubair