Sigrid Quack


– not available as an advisor for new IMPRS doctoral students in 2024–

Sigrid  Quack

Sigrid Quack

Professor of Comparative Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Director of the KHK/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Sigrid Quack is the director of the KHK/Centre for Global Cooperation Research and holds the Chair of Comparative Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She is  a sociologist with an interdisciplinary orientation and is broadly interested in the preconditions, actors, and effects of the development of transnational and global institutions. Her research focuses on the constitution of epistemic and governance authority involving public, private, and civil society actors. Ongoing projects seek to understand legitimacy and critique of global cooperation in contexts where actors adhere to different and often conflicting world order conceptions. In particular, she is interested in revisiting transnational and global communitíes in times of nationalism. How do different conceptions of existing, imagined, or re-imagined past world orders shape public discourses and narratives across different world regions, among political and economic elites and wider publics? How do they shape cooperation within transnational communities in different policy fields, such as sustainability, internet, or migration governance? Quack is also interested in studies of transnational communities of professionals, and how different world order conceptions play out within them.

Research Fields:

  • Globalization and transnational institution building
  • Epistemic and governance authority
  • Legitimacy and critique of transnational governance
  • World order conceptions and global cooperation
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