Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor

Leave: 01.02.2020-31.01.2022
Room: POR/18.B-4.125

Benedikte Brincker’s research focuses on two areas: Nationalism studies and public administration. Her work engages with the emergence and development of nation states and national welfare states in Europe. It focuses especially on two elements: 1) the development of mass standardized compulsory educational systems across European nation states and 2) the construction of ‘national art’ in Europe. In recent years, Brincker has expanded this research agenda into the Arctic and has carried out field work into primary and lower secondary state schools (folkeskoler) in Greenland. This research engages with interactions between nation-building and education in Greenland and taps into public administration by engaging with public governance especially public service motivation among native and migrant workers.

Benedikte Brincker holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the London School of Economics. Before joining the Copenhagen Business School she was an assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen.


Primary research areas
  • Nationalism studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Welfare states
  • Public administration
  • Public Governance
Administrative tasks
  • Electives coordinator (Master in Public Governance) / Valgfagskoordinator (Master in Public Governace)
Curriculum Vitae
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Course coordination and lecturer: BSc. Business Administration and Sociology

  • Business, Politics and Society
  • The Company in a Contextual Perspective

Course responsible and lecturer: Master in Public Governance

  • Ledelse og Kommunikation
  • MGP Introduktionsforløb

PhD Supervision (main supervisor)
Sofie Blinkenberg Federspiel: ’ Fra IT til digitalisering: Et organisationsstudie af institutionel forandring i den kommunale administration’. (Defense 31st October 2014)
Ida Lunde Jørgensen: ‘Institutions and Legitimations in Finance for the Arts’. (Defense 25th August 2016)
Martin Friis Nielsen: ‘Time and social media: a social-philosophical analysis of the production of time on/through social media. (September 2017-)

Furthermore, I supervise MSc and BSc projects.

Selected publications
  • Brincker (ed.) 2019. Introduction to Political Sociology, Copenhagen: Hans Reitzel, 2nd. Edition
  • Brincker (John Hall and). 2019. ‘National Experiences and Varieties’ in Benedikte Brincker (ed.) Introduction to Political Sociology, Copenhagen: Hans Reitzel, 2nd. Edition
  • Brincker (with Athena S. Leoussi). 2018. ‘Anthony D. Smith and the role of art, architecture, and music in the growth of modern nations’. Nations and Nationalism. Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 312-326
  • Brincker 2017. ‘Images of the Arctic: Visualizing Greenland as an indigenous people and a modern nation.’ Visual Studies. 32:3, pp. 251-261
Publications sorted by:
Benedikte Brincker; Lene Holm Pedersen / Attraction and Attrition under Extreme Conditions : Integrating Insights on PSM, SOC-R, SOC and Excitement Motivation.
In: Public Management Review, Vol. 22, No. 7, 7.2020, p. 1051-1069
Journal article > peer review
Benedikte Brincker; Lene Holm Pedersen / Attraction and Attrition : Integrating Insights from PSM, SOC, SOC-R and Excitement Motivation.
Paper presented at Public Management Research Conference. PMRC 2019, 2019
Paper > peer review
Benedikte Brincker; Mitdlarak Lennert / Building a Nation in the Classroom : Exploring Education Policy in Post-colonial Greenland.
In: Including the North: A Comparative Study of the Policies on Inclusion and Equity in the Circumpolar North. . ed. /Mhairi C. Beaton; Diane B. Hirshberg; Gregor R. Maxwell; Jennifer Spratt. Rovaniemi : University of Lapland 2019, p. 43-55
Book chapter > peer review
Benedikte Brincker; Peter Gundelach; Christian Albrekt Larsen / Glæde over Danmark
In: Usikker modernitet: Danskernes værdier fra 1981 til 2017. . ed. /Morten Frederiksen. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, p. 39-59
Book chapter > peer review
Benedikte Brincker / Introducing the Second Edition of Introduction to Political Sociology
In: Introduction to Political Sociology. ed. /Benedikte Brincker. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, p. 9-17
Book chapter > peer review
Benedikte Brincker (Editor) / Introduction to Political Sociology
København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, 359 p.
Anthology > peer review
Benedikte Brincker / Making and Un-making Boundaries : Exploring the Agency of Artists.
Paper presented at Det nordiske 1800-tals forskningsnetværk, 2019
John A. Hall; Benedikte Brincker / National Experiences and Varieties
In: Introduction to Political Sociology. ed. /Benedikte Brincker. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, p. 239-257
Book chapter > peer review
Benedikte Brincker; Lene Holm Pedersen / A Walk on the Wild Side? : On the Motivation to Provide Public Service in Arctic Areas.
Paper presented at The 22nd Annual Conference of International Research Society for Public Management. IRSPM 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
Benedikte Brincker; Athena S. Leoussi / Anthony D. Smith and the Role of Art, Architecture and Music in the Growth of Modern Nations : a Comparative Study of National Parliaments and Classical Music in Britain and Denmark.
In: Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2018, p. 312-326
Journal article > peer review
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