Senior Reseracher and Lecturer

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Nadine Arnold is on sabbatical in the spring semester of 2020 and does not take on any teaching duties during this time.



Nadine Arnold received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Lucerne for a thesis about the organization and rationalization of fair trade in Switzerland. She worked as a research fellow in France at the École normale supérieure de Cachan (2014-2016) and the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (2016-2017) as well as at the University of Uppsala (2019). She was a lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg and has been scientific advisor to the PROWEL doctoral program of the Universities of Fribourg and Neuchâtel since 2019.

Nadine Arnold’s research interests lie in the fields of organization and institutional theory, economic sociology, valuation studies, as well as the sociology of standards. She is a member of the founding committee of the working group 'Organization and Valuation' of the section Organizational Sociology of the German Society of Sociology. Empirically, she deals with products (mostly food), organizations, and fields that combine social, environmental and economic interests. She has conducted research in Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Ghana, Kenya and the Ivory Coast. She is currently working on a research project that explores the role of standards and values for collectivization processes and the formation of a new field for food waste.



Research interests:

  • Sociology of organizations
  • Institutional theory
  • Economic sociology
  • Sociology of valuation standards
  • Qualitative research methods

Research projects (finished and ongoing):

  • Mapping the Value of Fairtrade: Understanding business and market engagement in the banana, cocoa, and coffee value chains (Fairtrade International, co-funded by the European Commission 2019-2020)
  • Inquiry-based learning: Food Waste exposed (Teaching and Learning Committee University of Lucerne ULEKO 2018-2019)
  • Organization und Rationalization of Fair Trade (SNF-Project 2011-2014)  
  • Standards as Mediators of Governance. How Standardising is Shaping the Ghanaian Pineapple Industry (SNF Doc.Mobility Fellowship (2014-2015)
  • Fair Trade in Switzerland: Co-evolution of field and standards 1970-2011 (SNF Early.Postdoc Mobility Fellowship 2016-2017)
  • Participatory Analysis of the Use and Impact of the Fairtrade Premium (Research consultancy for Fairtrade International since 2017)


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Single lecture, talk, presentation at invitation