Martin Skrydstrup (PI)
Martin joined Copenhagen Business School in 2018 as an Associate Professor of Globalization & Sustainability. Previously, he was a Senior Researcher at Wageningen University, where he also holds a Visiting Professorship at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group. Martin earned his MPhil and PhD degrees in cultural anthropology at Columbia University (USA) and holds a MA degree in social anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. Martin also studied Philosophy & History at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen (Germany) and has held visiting appointments at SciencePo & Université Paris V René Descartes (France). He has worked as a consultant to the UN body WIPO and as Country Coordinator for the Danish Red Cross in Ethiopia. Martin’s research intersects insights from cultural anthropology and science and technology studies (STS) to explore, writ large, how sustainability certification regimes emerge and evolve as a new mode of global environmental governance. Empirically, his ethnographic fieldwork targets the people and technologies that get agricultural commodities from farm to market, specifically tea in East Africa and palm oil in South East Asia. Martin’s research has been supported by a number of excellence awards, such as the Sapere Aude DFF Starting Grant (PI, lead applicant); the Wenner-Gren Foundation (lead applicant), the European Research Council, Advanced Grant (co-applicant) and the National Science Foundation (USA).
Matthew is an assistant professor in the Department of Management, Society and Communication at CBS. He holds BAs in international studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi, an MSc in environmental economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in environmental studies from Yale University. He is broadly interested in social/political ecology and environmental anthropology, with a particular focus on corporate sustainability and sustainable finance. As part of the SUSTEIN team, Matthew will conduct interviews with stakeholders working in standards organizations, certification bodies, and multinational corporations to understand how standards are developed, negotiated and enforced.
Hannah is a social anthropologist with a broad focus on the political and economic in eastern Africa, particularly Kenya. Her research has explored the sociality of markets and money; land and property; and the temporal politics of development and planning. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from the University of Manchester and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), and a PhD in African Studies from the University of Copenhagen. As a postdoctoral research fellow with SUSTEIN, her research line focuses on how such ideologies and practices of sustainability play out through modes of tea production in Kenya. Ethnographically, she studies the institution of the tea plantation and its associated factories and outgrower tea farmers.