Postdoc Positions in The Anthropology of Economic Law and Regulation

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The Department of Business Humanities and Law at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for two vacant Postdoc positions in the anthropology of economic law and regulation. The starting date is expected to be 1 January 2024, or as agreed upon consultation.

The postdoc positions are fixed termed full-time positions of three years with research obligations with the possibility of a one-year extension based on teaching obligations. The research will be conducted as part of as part of the European Research Council Advanced Grant project ‘Global Value Chain Law: Constituting Connectivity, Contracts and Corporations’ (GLOBALVALUE). More information about the project is available here (

The project team will consist of a PhD, four postdocs, a senior researcher and the PI. The envisioned starting date of the positions is, with some flexibility, 1st January 2024.

For more information about the position, please contact PI of the project Professor Poul F. Kjær (

The central objective of the project is to provide a comprehensive analysis on the emergence, origin and impact of the legal principles and norms regulating global value chains. The project is divided into three work packages respectively focusing on a) the conceptual-historical origin of contemporary regulation of global value chains with a particular focus on the relation to colonial law; b) socio-legal and anthropological studies of the impact of contemporary global value chain regulation, including but not limited to recent German, French and EU legislative initiatives; c) legal-theoretical work on the implications of global value chain regulation for, among others, the notions of contract, economic constitutionalism, extra-territoriality as well as the implications of global value chain regulation for democratic theory. The two vacant Postdoc Positions are attached to the second work package.

The research conducted will be team based and oriented towards delivering on the project objectives. Taking the project framework into consideration, applicants are required to outline their reflections on how to study the contemporary regulation of global value chains theoretically, methodologically and empirically with a special focus on the global pharmaceutical and trade fair sectors. Candidates are expected to have a background in law or knowledge of and interest in legal regulation. Apart from law and legal anthropology, we invite candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities, including sociology and political economy.

Research environment The Department of Business Humanities and Law is dedicated to an integrated approach to the contemporary challenges facing business and society drawing on the humanities, interdisciplinary social sciences, and law. It emphasizes problem-oriented research to understand those challenges and to build the lifelong capabilities necessary to address them. Faculty within the Department of Business Humanities and Law have diverse research backgrounds and research foci including but not limited to leadership, entrepreneurship, ethics, strategy, law, politics, sociology, philosophy, history, anthropology, diversity, equity and inclusion, and leisure management. What unites faculty is an overriding concern for the organization of the human within its multiple environments and, by implication, a research interest in the interdisciplinary “conversation” between humanities and social sciences.

Within the Department of Business Humanities and Law, the position will be located in the Governance, Culture and Learning Unit, an interdisciplinary research environment connecting governance studies at all levels of global society. The candidate will also be invited to join the research group JURASOC – legal, social and technology studies. Group overview available at:

Qualifications The ideal candidate will have completed a PhD in either law, history, intellectual history, sociology, and political economy or the humanities or social sciences more broadly.

The candidate will be committed to an academic career, have the capabilities to conduct internationally recognized research and be able to communicate findings clearly. The candidate will show an interest in connecting humanities and social sciences.

The assessment of the candidate will be based primarily on the following qualifications:

  • Excellent academic track record and/or a promising pipeline,
  • Project relevant research according to the stated research objectives and an ability to clearly articulate a research agenda in agreement with the PI,
  • Enthusiasm for empirical and theoretical interdisciplinary research,
  • Ability to work autonomously, and as part of a team,
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (both oral and written); proficiency in English is required, knowledge of a further project relevant language is a plus,
  • Ability to engage with others in a way that reflects our collective commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.

Application procedure All applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below. The application must include:

  • Cover letter describing the motivations to apply and fit with the research and teaching environment at CBS and BHL.
  • A full CV and proof of qualifications.
  • Any relevant information indicating experience in research management, industry cooperation and international collaborations.
  • Documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level, including publications in internationally recognized journals and citations in the Social Science Citation Index and/or Google Scholar.  A maximum of 5 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize their publications or working papers in relation to the field of this job advertisement.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications and work in progress (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review.
  • Documentation of pedagogical qualifications or related material.

Recruitment procedure The Recruitment Committee will shortlist a minimum of two applicants. If 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.  An appointment committee will invite a selection of qualified candidates to an interview. Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Appointment Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization. Information about CBS as a workplace is available at

For further information, please contact: PI of the project Professor Poul F. Kjær, email, or Head of Department Professor Mitchell Dean, e-mail Information about the department may be found at  Information about Copenhagen Business School is available at

Closing date: 15 September 2023

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

Copenhagen Business School invites all qualified candidates to apply for the position.

One of CBS’ strategic goals is the promotion of diversity, which is why every effort has been made to ensure a recruitment process that reduces potential bias. Applicants are therefore encouraged not to include a photo or unnecessary personal information in their application.

Closing date: 15 September 2023.