Troels Krarup

Troels Krarup



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.

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.

Grants and Prizes

‘Teaching Prize 2018′ of the Sociological Council (students’ association), University of Copenhagen

Ragna-Rask Nielsens Basic Research Fund (Royal Danish Academy of Sciences) 2018

Gerda Henkel Research Scholarship for Postdocs 2017

Krarup & Blok (2011) shortlisted for the Sociological Review Prize for Outstanding Scholarship 2011


Courses completed

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education ("adjunktpædagogikum") 2018
  • University Teaching Course for Academic Staff 2018

Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen (2018-2021)

  • Philosophy of Science (lecturer, 2nd semester, ~100 students)
  • Methodology and Design of Inquiry (lecturer, 6th semester, ~100 students)
  • Problematization Analysis: How and Why Something Became a Problem (lecturer, graduate seminar, ~15 students)
  • BA and MA supervision

Copenhagen Business School (2017)

  • Philosophy of Science (TA, 2 classes of ~30 students)
  • Lectures on Bourdieu's Sociology
  • 1st-year project supervision (PoS and methodology)

Sciences Po (2014)

  • Introduction to Sociology (TA, 2 classes of  ~30 students)


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