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Professor in Governance and Sociology of Law

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant Professorship in Governance and Sociology of Law at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP).

Profile of MPP
In announcing the professorship the department wishes to strengthen its research and teaching pertaining to the field of sociology of law in public governance settings and in relation to public/private relations at the national, European and Global level as well as related approaches to national and transnational governance (e.g. European integration studies, transnational law and political economy broadly understood).

MPP is organised into four research groups: politics; business history; philosophy; and management. We are a uniquely multi-disciplinary research department with the ambition to make our research in these fields as well as adjacent fields known to students, companies, international and national public institutions, and research colleagues as innovative, creative and critical/reflexive. A multi-disciplinary dialogue that challenges and combines academic disciplines and perspectives ties research at the department together. The department is committed to research-based education and to bring this understanding into play in society in a constructive, engaged, and valuable manner. A key focus of MPP is to publish its research with highly ranked academic journals and book publishers across a broad spectrum of areas, reflecting the department’s multidisciplinary set-up. Across the department, there is a keen interest in developing new forms of teaching and learning environments in collaboration with CBS faculty, international researchers, students and partner organizations.

Profile of position
The position is open to applications on Full Professor level. It is located in the politics group. The holder of the position will undertake research and develop education in the overlapping areas of public governance and public/private relations and governance at the national, European and global level; social, political and legal theory, historical sociology in relation to legal, political and economic developments and legal and constitutional sociology and theory. In disciplinary terms, this profile links sociology of law and social theory to disciplines and research fields such as legal studies, global governance studies, European integration studies, and political economy.

In terms of education, the successful applicants are expected to teach at all levels and engage in the development of new teaching programmes at the intersection of social and legal theory with public governance and public/private relations at national and transnational level. Corresponding to these research and teaching initiatives, moreover, candidates should be prepared to take responsibilities for the coordination of a study programs in the areas of social theory and public governance and law.

Applicants must have an international research profile and a proven track record of excellent scholarship within the research areas outlined above. They should have a strong background in and around the fields of social, legal and political theory in order to contribute to MPP’s positioning within the social sciences and humanities and the department’s corresponding activities in education and research.

The position is expected to straddle a number of MPP’s themes and disciplines in order to further stimulate interdisciplinary projects and dialogues within and beyond MPP. Applicants are required to document a proficient experience in academic writing and publishing. Applicants must be capable of providing dynamic academic leadership in the development of research and teaching as well as in securing external research funding and partnerships.

To fulfil the research requirements of the position successful applicants are expected to be physically present on a regular basis; to actively participate in the research activities of the department; to contribute to teaching and to establish and maintain broad links across CBS.

Professors are expected to take active part in academic leadership responsibilities for the department including fund raising and supervision of younger faculty and to the departments contribution to CBS; for building a productive and constructive environment and for actively promote research integrity in accordance with the Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity


  • Research at high international standard, including responsibility for publishing and scientific communication and for research-based teaching.
  • Communication of knowledge in society, including participation in public debate, sustaining and developing CBS’s role and function for business and society as a whole and contribution to the international reputation of MPP and CBS.
  • Coaching of junior colleagues with regard to research development and publications.
  • Research management, initiation and management of research projects, supervision of BA, MA and PhD students, international research co-operation, reviewing for academic journals.
  • Research funding, including applications for financing research activities and the development of the institution.
  • Research education and further training of researchers as well as assessment committee work.
  • Teaching and associated examination in CBS programs, including Executive Education.
  • Engagement in the development of new, research-based teaching programs.
  • Active promotion of CBS’s academic reputation.
  • Contribution to administrative responsibilities of the Department and to CBS-wide tasks.

The successful applicants must have a strong record of original research publications at an international level as well as substantial teaching experience in the areas outlined above.
In addition emphasis will be given to the applicants’ ability to assume teaching/study program coordination.

Applicants must be able to document relevant, significant, original, and current research at an international level in the fields of transnational and national governance and law, political and legal sociology, social and legal theory.

The applicant must have professional proficiency in English (written and spoken).
Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant educational and dissemination activities).

For further information please contact Head of Department Lotte Jensen, e-mail:

Information about the department may be found at

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic association plus a negotiated allowance.


Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

Application must include:
  • A statement of application.
  • Proof of qualifications and a full CV.
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level, including publications in the field’s internationally recognized journals and citations in the Social Science Citation Index and/or Google Scholar.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications or other material for the evaluation of his/her pedagogical level. Please see guidelines for teaching portfolios.
  • Information indicating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 10 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritise their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • Copies of the publications marked with an *. Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration.

Recruitment procedure
The Recruitment Committee will shortlist minimum two applicants; when possible five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

The applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

Deadline: 28. februar 2018.

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