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Nadine Arnold is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Theory at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Lucerne. She was a research fellow at École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay (2014-2016), Université Gustave Eiffel (2016-2017), and the University of Uppsala (2019). She was a lecturer in organisational and institutional theory at TU Berlin, the University of Zürich, and the University of Fribourg. Before joining Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Nadine was a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Lucerne and a Scientific Advisor of the doctoral programme PROWEL (Social Problems and Social Welfare) of the Universities of Fribourg and Neuchâtel.


Nadine’s research programme focuses on the nexus between organisation and society, specifically on new forms of organisation (e.g., standards and rankings) and how these shape and are formed by society. She pays particular attention to the organisation of responsibility and how the phenomena of organising and valuing interrelate in the context of sustainability. She conducted consulting research projects on this topic and co-founded a working group on organisation and valuation. Theoretically, Nadine bridges insights from institutional and organisational theory as well as economic sociology. Empirically, her research mainly deals with food, and most recently with food that is valued as worthless (food waste). She has conducted research in Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Ghana, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire.


The aim of Nadine’s courses is to teach organisational theory in a research-based and student-centred way. Inspired by the idea of inquiry-based learning, she has published a book with students on the organisation and valuation of food waste.

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