Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Entrepreneurship, Ethics & Leadership Unit
PhD fellow

Room: POR/18.B-4.137
Charlotte Cator

My research revolves around the question as to how we might organise our urban economies and societies more justly and sustainably. I am interested in how capitalist political-economic structures and neoliberal governance condition possibilities for transformative social change in the city, as well as in the ways that social actors within and outside of the local state organise collectively to overcome these barriers. I consider how alternative visions of the economy come to materialise in urban contexts and how such processes are shaped by existing intersecting inequalities.

In my PhD project, I have studied efforts of urban activists and local state actors in Amsterdam to transform the urban economy through ideas of the circular economy and the Doughnut Economy. My research approach is qualitative and interdisciplinary, as I draw from my background in economics and philosophy, as well as urban geography and critical sociology.


Primary research areas
  • Urban studies
  • Capitalism and neoliberalism
  • Transformative social change
  • Alternative economic development
  • Sustainability
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  • Re-imagining capitalism (master’s elective)
  • Organizing for desirable futures (master’s elective)
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship (master’s course)
  • Business research methodology (BSc International Trade and Shipping)
  • Supervision of bachelor projects and master theses



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Charlotte Cator / Transforming the City for Sustainable Futures? : Contestation and Alternatives in Amsterdam.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2024, 302 p. (PhD Series, No. 24.2024)
PhD thesis
Charlotte Cator / Byen som rum for entreprenant samfundstransformation
In: Transformationens politik: Ledelse af tidens udfordringer. . ed. /Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Dorthe Pedersen; Erik Mygind du Plessis; Jette Sandager. København : Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne 2023, p. 203-218
Book chapter > peer review
Charlotte Cator / Climate Change and the Business School : Going Beyond Neoliberal 'Solutions' with Hannah Arendt.
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 22, No. 3, 11.2022, p. 83-113
Journal article > peer review
Research Projects
Outside activities

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