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)