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Eva Hartmann


Lecturer, Sociology of Education, Political and Global Sociology

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  • University of Kassel, Germany, Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.) (distinction, summa cum laude), Political Science/International Studies, awarded 2006
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/M., Germany, M.A. (distinction, 1st class), Faculty of Social Siences, awarded 1996
  • University of Zurich, Institute of Sociology, B.A., awarded 1992

Career History

  • Assistant professor, Department of Business and Politics, & Management, Politics & Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, 2014-2017
  • Junior lecturer (Première assistante), Institute of Political and International Studies, University of Lausanne, 2006 – 2013
  • International Labour Office (ILO), project development and gender mainstreaming, Geneva 1999-2000
  • German Corporation for International Cooperation, project assistance, gender mainstreaming 1998-1999

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Member of the British Educational Research Association
  • Member of the European Educational Research Association
  • Member of the Comparative & International Education Society
  • Member of the European Association of Sociology

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With a Master in Sociology and a PhD in International Studies and Political Science, interdisciplinarity has always been very important to me. My own empirical research mainly focuses on higher education, vocational training and further education. But I have always linked my research to broader sociological questions in order to better understand how individuals are related to society (socialisation) and how societies have become increasingly transnational. The Frankfurt School and in particular teachers like Gayatri Spivak, Nancy Fraser, Iris Young, Juergen Habermas, Judith Butler and Bob Jessop had been very influential for my own way of thinking that I have developed throughout my academic career. Part of my empirical research focus on international organisations and their standards. Cases in point are the World Bank, the ILO, the WTO and in particular the UNESCO. I examined in a previous research the enabling conditions for different UNESCO conventions aiming at facilitating the recognition of higher education qualifications, which is vital for the cross-border mobility of students, academics and other highly qualified labour. This interest made me study in more detail how the UNESCO Lisbon Convention became integrated into the Bologna Process, aiming at creating a European Higher Education Area. This study drew my attention to the important role of regions for globalisation but also the complexity of international educational policy. In more recent years, I started to study the role of internationally active private actors, like quality assurance agencies, professional associations but also multinational companies in setting international standards. Against the backdrop of my empirical findings, I argue that we need to rethink the public-private divide not only in the field of education provision but also in terms of education policy, which has important consequences for how individuals are integrated into society and connected to the global realm and democratic decision-making. My current research further develops this interest in an emerging transnational private authority, or extrastatecraft as Keller Easterling calls it, in the area of digitalisation with new transnational infrastructures emerging.

The dialogue with a broader public has been key in all my research, starting with being a teacher in adult education while studying in Frankfurt am Main. This experience made me aware of the translation needed to enhance the communication between an academic and non-academic world. My work for the International Labour Office, a UN agency, as well as for the German Society for International Cooperation, were equally important for developing further ideas about how to strengthen this dialogue and the two-way learning process it enables.

Academic Area/Links

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Research Topics

  • Higher education and society
  • Corporate education, skills and vocational training
  • National and international education policy
  • North-South divide (postcoloniality)
  • Migration, cross-border mobility
  • Social mobility (national and international)
  • Privatisation of education and standard-setting
  • Digitalisation and platformisation of higher education and further education
  • Qualitative research and mixed methods

Research Project(s)

  • 2006-2010: Standards and International Relations: Devolution of Power in the Global Political Economy, University of Lausanne/Switzerland (PI Professor Jean-Christophe Graz, funded by Swiss National Science Foundation)
    • Role: Co-coordinator and leader of sub-project on international educational standards
  • 2014-2017: Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (PI Professor Poul F. Kjær, funded by European Research Council)
    • Role: Co-coordinator and leader of sub-project on multinational corporations and global skill development. The case of pharmaceutical companies

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  • Postgraduate
    • Teaching and supervision in MPhil Education, Globalisation and International Development
  • Undergraduate
    • Part of the management team Education Tripos
    • Coordinator of core track
    • Coordinator of paper Modernity, Education and Globalisation
    • Teaching in Social Theory and Education, Modernity, Education and Globalisation and Education, Policy and International Development (EPID)

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Principal and Recent Publications


The future of universities in a global risk society. Globalization, 16(5) 2019, pp. 717-736.

Transnational private authority in the sphere of education, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 20 (1), 2018, pp. 217-232.

The Status of Authority in the Globalizing Economy: Beyond the Public/Private Distinction. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 20 (1), 2018, pp. 3-11 (co-author Poul F. Kjaer).

Quality assurance and the shift towards private governance in higher education: Europeanisation through the back door? Globalisation, Societies and Education, 16(4) 2017, pp 309-324.

The educational dimension of global hegemony, Millennium, 44(1) 2015, pp 89-108.

The Europeanisation of the professional complex. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 2015, Vol. 16, No. 2, 245–262.

Europäische Hochschulen mit globaler Verantwortung? (European higher education institutions with global responsibility?), in Forum Wissenschaft 31(1) 2014, pp. 22-27.

The fetish of global competition, Capital & Class. Special issue on comparative studies of capitalism, 38 (1), 2014, pp. 184-196.

Neo-pluralist political science, economic sociology and the conceptual foundations of the comparative capitalisms literatures, co-authored with Ian Bruff, Capital & Class. Special issue of Competition and Change on comparative studies of capitalism, 38 (1) 2014, pp.73-85.

International authority in the knowledge-based economy: The rise of standards in educational services (co-author Jean-Christophe Graz) the Journal International Political Sociology No 3, Vol 6, 2012.

International law and politics: a difficult relation. The legal turn from a critical IPE perspective. New Political Economy, 16(5) 2011, pp. 561-584.

Editorial: The new research agenda in critical higher education studies, Globalisation, Societies and Education, 8(2) 2010: 169–173.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation: Pawn or Global Player?, Globalisation, Societies and Education, 8(2) 2010: 307-318.

Bologna goes global: A new imperialism in the making?, in Globalisation, Societies and Education, vol. 6, no. 3, 2008, pp. 205-218.

The Bologna-Process and its effectiveness in the light of the interaction between legitimation, legitimacy and legality, (German Title: Der Bologna-Prozess und dessen Durchsetzungskraft- im Spannungsverhältnis Legitimation, Legitimität und Legalität) in juridikum zeitschrift für kritik | recht | gesellschaft, 2/2008a, Schwerpunkt Universitätspolitiken, pp.85-90.

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Book sections

Overburdening higher education? The Europeanisation of the professional complex, forthcoming, In Cristina Sin, Orlanda Tavares, Sonia Cardoso and Maria João Rosa (eds.)(2018), The Internal Market in Higher Education: Tensions between European Policy and National Sovereignty, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Education outside the public limelight: The ‘parallel universe’ of ICT certifiers, in: Antoni Verger, Christopher Lubienski, Gita Steiner-Khamsi (eds.) World Yearbook of Education 2016, The Global Education Industry. London: Routledge, pp. 228-247.

European Social Policy: Social Cohesion through Competition? in: Eva Hartmann, Poul F. Kjaer (ed), The Evolution of Intermediary Institutions in Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015b, pp. 121-137.

Neopluralistische Politikwissenschaft, Wirtschaftssoziologie und die konzeptuellen Grundlagen der Vergleichenden Kapitalismusforschung, co-authored with Ian Bruff, in Ian Bruff, Matthias Ebenau, Andreas Nölke (eds)(2013), Vergleichende Kapitalismusforschung: Stand, Perspektiven, Kritik, Münster: Westphälisches Dampfboot, pp. 37-50.

Tous pareils, tous différents ? Les chaînes d’équivalence dans l’internationalisation des services professionnels, in Jean-Christophe Graz et Nafi Niang (2013). Des Services sans frontière. Internationalisation et régulation de l’économie des services, Paris: Sciences-Po.

Alles was Recht ist – Recht in der internationalen politischen Ökonomie, In Eva Hartmann, Ulrich Brand and Caren Kunze (2009). Konturen kritischer Internationaler Politischer Ökonomie, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, pp.242-268.

L’Union Européenne et le principe de la subsidiarité dans le domaine de l'éducation, dans Ph. Laredo, J.-Ph. Leresche et K. Weber (Eds.) 2009 , L'internationalisation des systèmes de recherche en action. Les cas français et suisse, Lausanne : PPUR.pp.51-64.

The EU as an emerging normative power in the global knowledge-based economy? Insights from the field of recognition of higher education qualifications, in Norman Fairclough, Bob Jessop and Ruth Wodak (eds)(2008b) 'Education and the knowledge-based economy in Europe', Amsterdam: Sense Publications, pp. 63-86.

Does the WTO empower UNESCO? An emerging form of global governance in the global knowledge-based economy, in Kerstin Martens, Alessandra Rusconi, Kathrin Leuze (2007): New Arenas of Educational Governance, Hampshire, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 55-119.

Liberalization of higher education and training: Implications for workers’ security (co-author Christoph Scherrer), in Ellen Rosskam (ed)(2006), Winners or losers: liberalizing public services, (Geneva: International Labour Organization), pp. 55-119.

The role of transnational knowledge networks in international developmental policy (German title: Die Rolle von transnationalen Wissensnetzwerken in der internationalen Entwicklungspolitik), in Olaf Gerlach, Stefan Kalmring, Daniel Kumitz, Andreas Nowak (eds) (2004), Peripherie und globalisierter Kapitalismus. Frankfurt/M.: Brandes & Apsel, pp. 263-294.

The transnationalization of tertiary education in a global civil society, in Gabriele Kreutzner, Heidi Schelhowe (eds) (2003), Agents of Change: Virtuality, Gender , and the Challenge to the Traditional University, Opladen, pp. 25-42.

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Books/Special issues

The Status of Authority in the Globalising Economy, Beyond the Public/Private Distinction, co-edited with Poul F. Kjaer, special issue Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. 20 (1), 2018.

Special Issue: A sociology of competition, Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 16(2) 2015 (co-edited with Poul F. Kjaer).

The Evolution of Intermediary Institutions in Europe. From Corporatism to Governance, co-editor with Poul F. Kjaer, Hampshire, New York: Palgrave (2015).

Towards a new Research Agenda in Critical Higher Education Studies, London: Routledge (2011)(editor).

Auf dem Weg zu einem globalen Hochschulraum. Konsequenzen für die Konstitutionalisierung internationaler Politik (towards a global Higher Education Area. Consequences for the constitutionlisation of international politics), Baden-Baden:Nomos (2011).

Critical Higher Education Studies, editor of a special issue of Globalisation, Societies and Education 8(2) (2010).

Outline of a critical international political economy (German titelKonturen kritischer Internationaler Politischer Ökonomie ) , co-editor (with Ulrich Brand and Caren Kunze), Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot (2009).

Regime-Interaktionen - Die Rolle des GATS und der UNESCO beim Aubau eines globalen Arbeitsmarktregimes (Regime interaction : the role of GATS and the UNESCO in establishing a global labour market regime), Kassel: Kobra (2009).

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Working papers/reports

Enhancing intra-regional portability of skills and labour qualifications in UNU-CRIS (Hg.)(2008) 'Deepening the social dimensions of regional Integration: An overview of recent trends and future challenges in light of the recommendations of the report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization', ILO Discussion Paper 188.

The role of qualifications in the global migration regime, GARNET Working paper No. 38, 2008.

Information Technology Vendor Certification Systems, qualifications, 2007, background paper, International Labour Office, Geneva: International Labour Office.

Enhancing international portability of skills and qualifications, 2006, background paper, International Labour Office, Geneva: International Labour Organization.

Negotiations on trade in services - The trade unions’ position on GATS. Dialogue on Globalization, Occasional Papers No. 6 (May) 3003, Geneva : Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (co-author Christoph Scherrer).

Liberalization of Higher Education and Training: Implications for Workers’ Security 2003, Geneva: International Labour Office (co-author Sebastian Haslinger, and Christoph Scherrer).

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