Sigrid Quack (sigridquack) is head of the research group “Institution-building across borders” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Her research focuses on the problem solving capacity of different forms of transnational governance, and in collaboration with other members of the group she is currently comparing standard setting in the fields of accounting, labour, copyright and environment. Previous work dealt with the internationalisation of law firms (with Glenn Morgan, abstract), transnational law-making (abstract) and globalisation and institutions (with Marie-Laure Djelic, details). Sigrid is a long-standing and active member of the European Group of Organization Studies.
Leonhard Dobusch (leonidobusch) is assistant professor for organization theory at the Department of Management at Freie Universität Berlin. Currently he is working on regulation and market institution building in the field of copyright, thereby focusing the role of non-state actors. Recent empirical research projects include an investigation of the transnational organizational network around “Creative Commons” with Sigrid Quack (PDF), a paper on relevance and regulation of the digital Public Domain (SSRN) and a paper on cycles of transnational standardization processes (SSRN) together with Sebastian Botzem.
Phil Mader (philmader) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. During his studies at Sussex and Cambridge he developed a keen interest in the transnational political-economic relations which govern development. He has worked in journalism, microfinance and ski instructing. Building on fieldwork in Andhra Pradesh and a research semester at Harvard, he has written a dissertation on the political economy of microfinance and financialisation, and the application of microfinance to financing public goods, particularly water and sanitation.
Jiska Gojowczyk (jiskagojowczyk) is a doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. She graduated in sociology, cultural anthropology and theatre, film and TV studies at the University of Cologne. Currently, she is interested in the role of religious actors in environmental governance.
Olga Malets (olgamaletz) is a researcher at the Department of Forest and Environmental Politics of the Technical University of Munich. She was a postdoctoral research fellow in the research group “Institution-building across borders” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in February-August 2009 and a graduate student at the International Max Planck Research School in October 2005-January 2009. In May 2009 she defended her dissertation on the localization of global norms of sustainable forest management promoted by private organizations in a domestic context.
Liviu Mantescu (liviumanta) investigates as a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies how international environmental policies affect the local management of forest commons in a comparative perspective, Romania and Spain.
Sabrina Zajak (sabrinazajak) is a doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies in Cologne. Currently she is working on transnational labor regulation of Chinese supplier factories in the athletic footwear and toy sector, focussing on the role of non-state actors.
Solomon Zori (solomonzori) is a graduate from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) where he received his Bachelor’s degree in commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He also earned a Master of Science in Accounting focusing on International Accounting. He previously worked in the banking industry as an accountant, first at Goldman Sachs in London and later with UBS Investment Bank in Amsterdam. He is currently a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His dissertation project focuses on Transnational and International Accounting Standard Setting particularly in Africa.
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