Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Sustainability
Associate professor

Room: DH.V.2.53
Martin Skrydstrup

Martin Skrydstrup 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).

Primary research areas
  • Politics of Sustainability
  • Global Governance through Certifications
  • Global Value Chains as Infrastructures
  • Values and Valuation
  • Cultural Anthropology & Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Curriculum Vitae
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  • Introduction to Sustainable Business
  • Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

Martin supervises at BA, MA and PhD levels in topics related to his research platforms.

Selected publications

Of Spheres and Squares: Can Sloterdijk help us Rethink the Architecture of Climate Science?, Social Studies of Science, Vol 46, Issue 6, 2016, pp.854-876.

Envisioning the Future by Predicting the Past: Proxies, praxis and prognosis in paleoclimatology, Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, Vol. 81, May 2017.

Natures of Naturalism: Reaching Bedrock in Climate Science, Social Analysis, Vol. 61, Issue 2, Summer 2017, pp.47-64.

Tricked or Troubled Natures? How to make sense of "climategate"? Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 28, 2013, p. 92-99.

The Social Life of Climate Change Models: Anticipating Nature, Martin Skrydstrup & Kirsten Hastrup. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Publications List
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Martin Skrydstrup / Evidential Ethics
Paper presented at Changing Ethics in Addressing Human Remains, 2023
Paper > peer review
Martin Skrydstrup / The Anthropology of Tea
In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 27, No. 3, 9.2021, p. 697-700
Book review > peer review
Hannah Elliott; Martin Skrydstrup / The True Price of Quality : On the Infrastructures of Tea in Postcolonial Kenya.
In: Commodity Frontiers, Vol. 2, 2021, p. 16-23
Journal article > peer review
Valdimar Tr. Hafstein; Martin Skrydstrup / Patrimonialities : Heritage vs. Property.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2020, 102 p. (Elements in Critical Heritage Studies)
Book > peer review
Martin Skrydstrup (Editor) ; Hyun-Gwi Park (Editor) / Agri-cultures in the Anthropocene
New York : Berghahn Books 2019, 102 p. (Nature and Culture, No. 3, Vol. 14)
Anthology > peer review
Martin Skrydstrup; Hyun-Gwi Park / Introduction : Agri-cultures in the Anthropocene.
In: Nature and Culture, Vol. 14, No. 3, 12.2019, p. 229-235
Journal article > peer review
Martin Skrydstrup / Natures of Naturalism : Reaching Bedrock in Climate Science.
In: Multiple Nature-cultures, Diverse Anthropologies. ed. /Casper Bruun Jensen; Atsuro Morita. New York : Berghahn Books 2019, p. 47-64 (Studies in Social Analysis, Vol. 9)
Book chapter
Martin Skrydstrup / The Weatherman : The Making of Prepared Farmers and the Postcolonial Predictive State in Kenya.
In: Nature and Culture, Vol. 14, No. 3, 12.2019, p. 271-281
Journal article > peer review
Martin Skrydstrup / Envisioning the Future by Predicting the Past : Proxies, Praxis and Prognosis in Paleoclimatology.
In: Futures, Vol. 92, 9.2017, p. 70-79
Journal article > peer review