|My main research interests are in the fields of globalization and transformation studies where I am primarily interested in the question of how goods and markets are created, legitimized, reproduced and changed. What often appears as a self-evident fact like e.g. the existence of private property rights, the anonymous buying and selling of products or trust in the efficiency of markets becomes from this perspective a contextual practice, a permanently constructive performance, which is anything but self-evident or natural. Practices, institutions and objects as the building blocks of this continuous process are – with varying degrees of emphasis – at the center of my work.||
My particular interest in recent years has been the introduction of markets in the former centrally planned economies of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Rightly, authors as diverse as Michel Callon and Joseph Stiglitz characterized this transformation as a “socio-economic experiment” and a “laboratory”, which unmistakeably revealed widespread misconceptions about the functioning of market economies. In addition, in the last few years I have occupied myself with the marketization of art and (sub)cultures ongoing within the creative industries debate and their respective urban policies, and with the expansion of global value chains along West Africa’s frontier regions of marketization.
Since 2006, I have lectured and conducted research at the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe-University/Frankfurt. Before that, I was a visiting fellow at the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University and at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences in Moscow. My PhD and habilitation were gained from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
|since 2006||Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main|
|2006||Habilitation at the Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, with the thesis “Privatizing the ‘Kolchoz Archipelago’: Paths and Detours of Russian Agriculture in the Global Market Society”|
|2003-04||Fellow at the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University, USA|
|2002-07||Visiting Lecturer with regular teaching duties at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Moscow|
|2000-01||Postdoctoral fellow with the German Research Foundation for 18-month of fieldwork in rural areas of Russia|
|1998-06||Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg|
|1998||PhD from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, with the thesis “Ranges and Rules of Entrepreneurial Activity: An Institution-Oriented Perspective on Industrial Development in Palestine”|
|1995-98||Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg; associate member of the graduate program “Between Tradition and Renewal: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Transformations of Contemporary Societies in the Middle East” (German Research Foundation)|
|1991-95||Studied geography, economics and sociology in Freiburg, Munich and Erlangen|