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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. Since 2022 Nadine is on the board of the Organisational Sociology Section of the German Sociological Association. Since 2023 she is an associate editor of the Journal of Rural Studies and the Journal of Organizational Sociology.


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 commissioned by Fairtrade International, the European Commission, UNHCR Switzerland/Liechtenstein, and the National Coalition Building Institute. 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). For this reason, she is a member of the interdisciplinary research network waste in motion. She has conducted research in Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Ghana, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire. Thanks to this expertise, Nadine is participating in the ICT-4MRPQ project, an Erasmus+ project aimed at strengthening Uganda's Higher Education Institutions.


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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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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