Department of Management, Society and Communication

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I am a social anthropologist with an interest in globalization and organizing processes. My interest has centred on corporations as drivers and shapers of globalization processes and emerging forms of global governance. My current research focuses on the role of think tanks in public – private networks of knowledge production and policy development, and the enhanced role of think tanks as agenda-setters and brokers of expertise in a changing global landscape. A transversal interest concerns how transparency and accountability as organizational ideals inform organizational practice, and how they are put to use as forms of governance.

As a social anthropologist with an ethnographic approach, I cultivate a curiosity for forms of sociality in organizations and in work places, with a particular attentiveness to the interplay of managerial control and individual creative agency. Along those lines, I have a longstanding interest in work life and labour market policy, implying research onto how notions such as flexibility and employability work as a normative ideals and governance tools.

Primary research areas

Corporate globalization and global governance
Think tanks and transnational expertise
Transparency and accountability
Labour market policy and employability
Ethnography in and of organizations

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PhD and master's students

Selected publications

Garsten, Christina and Anette Nyqvist, eds. 2013. Organisational Anthropology: Doing Ethnography In and Among Complex Organisations. London: Pluto Press

Garsten, Christina and Kerstin Jacobsson. 2013. Post-political regulation: Illusory consensus and hybrid forms of governance. Critical Sociology, 39(3):  421-437

Christina and Kerstin Jacobsson. 2011. Transparency and legibility in international institutions: The UN Global Compact and post-political global ethics. Social Anthropology, 19(4): 378-393

Garsten, Christina. 2008. Workplace Vagabonds: Career and Community in Changing Worlds of Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Garsten, Christina and Monica Lindh de Montoya, eds. 2008. Transparency in a New Global Order. London: Edward Elgar Publishing


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Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom / An Organized Network : World Economic Forum and the Partial Organizing of Global Agendas.
In: Organization outside Organizations: The Abundance of Partial Organization in Social Life. . ed. /Göran Ahrne; Nils Brunsson. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2019, p. 212-234
Book chapter > peer review
Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom / His Master’s Voice? : Conceptualizing the Relationship Between Business and the World Economic Forum.
In: Journal of Business Anthropology, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2019, p. 41-62
Journal article > peer review
Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom / Discreet Power : How the World Economic Forum Shapes Market Agendas.
Palo Alto : Stanford University Press 2018, 240 p. (Emerging Frontiers in the Global Economy)
Book > peer review
Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom / Global Policy Bricolage : The Role of Business in the World Economic Forum.
In: Power, Policy and Profit: Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance. . ed. /Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2017, p. 45-63
Book chapter > peer review
Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom / Introduction : Political Affairs in the Global Domain.
In: Power, Policy and Profit: Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance. . ed. /Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2017, p. 1-24
Book chapter > peer review
Kerstin Jacobsson; Katarina Hollertz; Christina Garsten / Local Worlds of Activation : The Diverse Pathways of Three Swedish Municipalities .
In: Nordic Social Work Research, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2017, p. 86-100
Journal article > peer review
Christina Garsten (Editor) ; Adrienne Sörbom (Editor) / Power, Policy and Profit : Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance.
Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2017, 240 p.
Anthology > peer review
Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom / Small Places, Big Stakes : World Economic Forum Meetings as Moments of Ethnographic Momentum.
In: Meeting Ethnography: Meetings as Key Technologies of Contemporary Governance, Development, and Resistance. . ed. /Jen Sandler; Renita Thedvall. New York : Routledge 2017, p. 126-142 (Routledge Studies in Anthropology, Vol. 37)
Book chapter > peer review
Christina Garsten; Adrienne Sörbom / Magical Formulae for Market Futures : Tales from the World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos.
In: Anthropology Today, Vol. 32, No. 6, 2016, p. 18–21
Journal article > peer review
Christina Garsten; Kerstin Jacobsson; Karolina Sztandar-Sztanderska / Negotiating Social Citizenship at the Street-level : Local Activation Policies and Individualization in Sweden and Poland.
In: Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe: Active Inclusion and Challenges for Local Welfare Governance. . ed. /Martin Heidenreich ; Deborah Rice. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2016, p. 265–294
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