Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor

Room: POR/18.B-4.125

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. Before joining CBS, I was Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology. I hold a PhD and MSc in Social and Political Science from the London School of Economics.

In the period 2009-2016 I was an editor of the journal Nations and Nationalism. In 2017 I became a member of the editorial board.

In 2017, I am a visiting professor at Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) teaching a course on the role and conditions of state schools in Greenland (Spring 2017) and co-teaching a course in advanced sociology (Fall 2017).

In October 2017 I am visiting the University of Lapland teaching a PhD course on indigeneity in the Arctic region in the PhD programme “Northern Cultures and Natural Resource Politics”.

Research projects:
I am currently working on two research projects both of which deal with Greenland as part of the Arctic Region:

  1. In the period 2014-2017 I have conducted research into the relationship between education, languages and nation-building in Greenland. I have carried out field work in state schools in three out of four municipalities in Greenland and furthermore explored the transition from lower to upper secondary school (overgangen fra folkeskole til gymnasium). The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.
  2. In the period 2016-2018 I carry out research into entrepreneurship and education, exploring the prospects of integrating entrepreneurship in the school curriculum in Greenland. This takes place in the context of the research project: Platforms for Entrepreneurship: Long-lasting Perspectives for a sustainable Greenland in the Arctic Region’ (PENELOPE). The project focuses especially on East Greenland (Tasiilaq) and is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Primary research areas

Political sociology: State-nation relations; nationalism studies; indigeneity (indigenous entrepreneurship); education (in Greenland especially with focus on primary and secondary school education); the Arctic region; Danish national identity; the construction of national art.

Organizational sociology: Institutionalism; entrepreneurship; digitalization; digital infrastructure, public sector digitalization.

Administrative tasks

Vice Head of Department

Curriculum Vitae
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I coordinate and teach courses in the following programmes:

  • BSc Business Administration and Sociology
  • BSc International Business and Politics

Furthermore, I teach the course ‘Kommunikation og Ledelse’ in the Master in Public Governance (CBS Executive Programmes)


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.

Other teaching activities


Selected publications
  • Brincker, Benedikte og Nørregård-Nielsen, Esther (eds.) 2014. Særnummer: Grønland. Dansk Sociologi, 25:4
  • Brincker, Benedikte (ed.) 2013. Introduction to political sociology. Copenhagen: Hans Reitzel
  • Blinkenberg Federspiel, Sofie and Brincker, Benedikte. 2010. ‘Software as risk: Introducing open standards in the Danish public sector’. Information Society. 26:1, pp. 38-47
  • Brincker, Benedikte. 2008. ‘The role of classical music in the construction of nationalism: an analysis of Danish consensus nationalism and the reception of Carl Nielsen’. Nations and Nationalism, 14:4, pp. 684-699
  • Brincker, Benedikte and Gundelach, Peter. 2005. ‘Sociologists in Action: A Critical Exploration of Alain Touraine’s Intervention Method’. Acta Sociologica, 48:4, pp. 365-375


Publications sorted by:
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 / Making and Un-making Boundaries : Exploring the Agency of Artists.
Paper presented at Det nordiske 1800-tals forskningsnetværk, 2019
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
Benedikte Brincker / Images of the Arctic : Visualising Greenland as an Indigenous People and a Modern Nation.
In: Visual Studies, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2017, p. 251-261
Journal article > peer review
Benedikte Brincker / Nation and Classical Music : A Perspective from the City.
Paper presented at Anthony D. Smith and the Future of Nationalism: Ethnicity, Religion and Culture, 2017
Paper > peer review
Benedikte Brincker / Social Symbolic Work in Context : Promoting Regional Development Through the ‘Good Organisation’.
Paper presented at The 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017, 2017
Paper > peer review
Benedikte Brincker / Det banales betydning
In: Værdier videnskab og visioner : Festskrift til Peter Gundelach. . ed. /Margareta Järvinen; Bella Marckmann; Esther Nørregård-Nielsen. København : Djøf Forlag 2016, p. 137-147
Book chapter
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