Short CV/Education and training

  • 1986
    Diplom degree in sociology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin; studied for one year at the Université Paris 8, Vincennes, France

  • 1987 – 1990
    Doctoral student in the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Germany

  • 1989 – 1995
    German expert in the network "Women and Employment" of the Commission of the European Community, DG V

  • 1990 – 1992
    Research associate in the Institute of Sociology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, in the area of methodology

  • 1992
    Doctorate at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, in sociology

  • 1992 – 2007
    Research associate at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Department of Internationalisation and Organisation

  • 1996
    Visiting researcher, St. John's College, Cambridge, UK

  • 2007
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, in sociology

  • 2007 – 2008
    Academic coordinator of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany

  • Since 2007
    Head of the research group "Institution building across borders" at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

  • Since 2008
    Professor by special appointment in sociology at the University of Cologne (Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences)

Selected publications

  • Quack, S. (ed.): Law, Expertise and Legitimacy in Transnational Economic Governance. In: Special Issue, Socio-Economic Review 8(1), 2010. pp. 3-16.

  • Djelic, M.-L., Quack, S. (eds.): Transnational Communities. Shaping Global Economic Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010.

  • Dobusch, L., Quack, S.: Urheberrecht zwischen Kreativität und Verwertung. Transnationale Mobilisierung und private Regulierung. MPIfG Discussion Paper., 2010.

  • Dobusch, L.,Quack, S.: Epistemic communities and social movements: transnational dynamics in the case of Creative Commons. In: Transnational Communities. Shaping Global Economic Governance (eds. M.-L. Djelic and S. Quack). Cambridge University Press, 2010. pp. 226-252.

  • Morgan, G., Quack, S.: Law as a Governing Institution. In: The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis (eds. G. Morgan et al.). Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010. pp. 275-308.

  • Quack, S.: "Global" Markets in Theory and History. Towards a Comparative Analysis. J. Beckert and C. Deutschmann (eds.), Wirtschaftssoziologie. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, special issue 49. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2009. pp. 125-142.

  • Quack, S.: Governance durch Praktiker. Vom privatrechtlichen Vertrag zur transnationalen Rechtsnorm. In: Governance als Prozess. Eds. S. Botzem, J. Hofmann, S. Quack, G.F. Schuppert and H. Strassheim. Schriften zur Governance-Forschung 16. Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2009. pp. 575-605.

  • Quack, S.: Nationale Vielfalt als Ressource. Die Internationalisierung europäischer Rechtsanwaltskanzleien. In: Internationalisierung. Ed. A. Sorge. Edition Sigma, Berlin, 2009. pp. 157-174.

  • Botzem, S., Quack, S.: (No) Limits to Anglo-American Accounting? Reconstructing the History of the International Accounting Standards Committee: A Review Article. In: Accounting, Organizations and Society 34(8), 2009. pp. 988-998.

  • Dobusch, L., Quack, S.: Internationale und nichtstaatliche Organisationen im Wettbewerb um Regulierung: Schauplatz Urheberrecht. In: Klaus Dingwerth, Dieter Kerwer and Andreas Nölke (eds.), Die Organisierte Welt - Internationale Beziehungen und Organisationsforschung, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2009. pp. 235-262.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • External examiner at the University of Manchester, UK, 2007 - 2009

  • Member of the scientific committee of the Translearn project, Sixth Framework Programme of the EU, 2006 - 2009

  • Elected member of the board of directors of the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS), 2002 – 2008

  • Associate member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Research on Organisational Paths", Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Business and Economics, since 2005


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  1. The Evolution of Regulations

    Professor Sigrid Quack studies how new regulations emerge, concerning novel problem constellations in new economic sectors. She is head of the research group “Institution building across borders” at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. The researchers analyse discussion processes and conflicts of interest in various policy fields, and they present their findings in their blog “Governance Across Borders”.