Professor for Sociology with focus on Comparative Sociology
Currently: Managing Director, Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Acting Professor: Vert. Prof. Dr. Jenny Preunkert

Sigrid Quack, a sociologist with an interdisciplinary orientation, is broadly interested in the preconditions, actors and effects of the development of transnational institutions. Her research focuses on the constitution of epistemic and governance authority in cases of institution building characterized by the participation of private and civil society actors. She also studies the interplay of intended and emergent processes of institutionalization. Recent projects investigate the social and organizational practices that actors use to cope with regulatory uncertainties arising from the polycentric nature of transnational governance. Examples are projects on the organization of creative processes in the music and pharmaceutical industries in relation to intellectual property regulation; patterns of occupational mobility between NGOs in transnational labor markets; and recursive processes between rule-setting and the implementation of transnational standards and legal norms.


New publication

Djelic, Marie-Laure, and Sigrid Quack (2018): Globalization and Business Regulation. Annual Review of Sociology 44: 123–43.

New publication

Quack, S., Schulz-Schaeffer, I., Shire, K., & Weiß, A. (Eds.). (2018). Transnationalisierung der Arbeit. Springer VS.

New position

Sigrid Quack has been appointed as Managing Director at the KHK/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

New publication

Quack, Sigrid (2016): Organizing Counter-Expertise: Critical Professional Communities in Transnational Governance. In: Furusten, Staffan and Werr, Andreas (eds.): The Organization of the Expert Society. Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society. London, New York: Routledge, 103-118.

New publication

Quack, Sigrid (2016): Expertise and Authority in Transnational Governance. In: Cotterrell, Roger and Del Mar, Maksymilian (eds.): Authority in Transnational Legal Theory. Theorising Across Disciplines. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Flyer

Dr. Glaucia Peres da Silva receives UDE Teaching Award 2016

Congratualiations to Dr. Glaucia Peres da Silva for receiving the UDE Teaching Award 2016 for her outstanding engagement in teaching and student supervision. We are looking forward to see Glaucia's next ideas for creative and innovative teaching projects and research-based seminars.

Uncertainties in creative processes - Project “Organizing Creativity“ starts

Great media attention was drawn on the verdict concerning the copyright case between Moses Pelham as an artist and representatives of the art utilizing industries. At the same time this judgment resembled an advanced starting signal to the project “Organizing Creativity under Regulatory Uncertainty: Challenges of Intellectual Property”. At the UDE Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack investigates regulatory uncertainties within creative processes, whilefocusing especially the dimension of uncertainties induced by copyright issues. (read on)

Fellowship at Käte Hamburger Kolleg

During summer 2016, Sigrid Quack holds a research fellowship at the Käte HamburgerKolleg Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the Universität Duisburg-Essen.

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack will hold a lecture on „Kreativität in digitalen Gesellschaften“



On  21st Feb 2016, Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack will hold a lecture on „Kreativität in digitalen Gesellschaften“  as part of the event  „Musik und Wissenschaft“  at the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg.  This event is a cooperation of the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Flyer


On 30th Sep 2015, Prof. Sigrid Quack and Glaucia Peres da Silva presented the paper „Recipe of Success? Factors that Matter on the Stabilisation of Music Genres and Markets” on the 6th Vienna Music Business Research Days at the Univeristy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The paper and the presentation slides are online on the website Music Business Research.

Congratualiations to Glaucia Peres da Silva who has been admitted as a member of the fourth cohort of the Global Young Faculty, an initiative of the Mercator Foundation in cooperation with the University Alliance Ruhr. The program provides financial and ideational resources for ourstanding and creative junior faculty to collaborate and exchange ideas in interdisciplinary research teams.

Leonhard Dobusch und Sigrid Quack erhalten den Zeitschriftenpreis 2014

Leonhard Dobusch und Sigrid Quack erhalten den Zeitschriftenpreis 2014 des Vereins der Freunde und Ehemaligen des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gesellschaftsforschung für ihren Aufsatz "Framing Standards, Mobilizing Users. Copyright versus Fair Use in Transnational Regulation", erschienen in Review of International Political Economy 20(1), 2013, 52-88. 

Frau Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack ist Mitglied des Executive Council SASE

Sigrid Quack wurde als Mitglied in das Executive Council der Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics gewählt.

June 26 – 27, 2014 Workshop: Transnational Labor Markets: Bridging Different Regulatory and Cultural Contexts

Questions of how cross-border labor markets emerge, develop and are structured will be at the center of a two-day workshop which a group of researchers around Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer, Anja Weiß and Sigrid Quack are organizing on June 26 and 27, 2014 in the context of the strategic research area “Transformations of Contemporary Societies” at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Researchers of the UDE and UA Ruhr will discuss with colleagues from other German and European universities and research institutes the emergence of transnational labor markets, cross-border mobility of workers and work tasks, and the challenges of and opportunities for transnational regulation. In the context of the workshop, results from ongoing research projects directed by Karen Shire, Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer and Petra Stein, which together received 1 Mio € funding from the DFG under the framework paper “Cross-border Labor Markets”, will be presented.


Anmeldung und Kontakt: Gülay Yildirim

New open access publication available

New publication

Sigrid Quack (2013): Regime Complexity and Expertise in Transnational Governance: Strategizing in the Face of Regulatory Uncertainty. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 3(4), 647-678. Open Access