Troels Krarup

Troels Krarup


As part of the research project "Urban green communities: Civic engagement and citizenship in city-based nature and ecology", I presently conduct a survey on the different forms of engagement in urban green development among the Danish population. The term engagement is intendedly broad and meant to encompass everything from everyday recreational use of green urban spaces to political activism. The aim is to 1) descriptively map these different forms of engagement and 2) analyse the relationships between them, in particular between "familiar" and "public" forms of engagement (Laurent Thévenot's terminology). While based on survey research, the project uses mixed methods. By employing multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) and possibly related techniques (latent class analysis, relational class analysis), it becomes possible to combine quantitative results with qualitative analysis of specific local urban greening projects, such as urban allotment gardens or climate adaption projects.


My previous research has been in the field of economic thinking in the European Union and its genealogy. In my recently finished postdoctoral research project (funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation) I analysed the inspiration drawn by early German ordoliberalism from interwar ‘order theology’. The aim was to enrich our understanding of ordoliberalism – in particular with regards to the concept of ‘order’ – which remains an influential tradition of political and economic thinking in Europe up till this day.

I defended my PhD in Sociology in November 2016 at Sciences Po, Paris, where I was affiliated with the MaxPo Center. My dissertation (link) analyses the conception of the market underlying processes of European financial market integration, and how contradictions inherent to that conception structure controversies around integration processes. Specifically, I study the integration of financial infrastructures in Europe since the introduction of the euro (payment and settlement systems, notably Target2 Securities).

Throughout past and present research, I have sought to develop the notion of ‘problem analysis’ as a way of understanding conflicts (social, political, organisational or other) as processes of questions and answers.

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