Department of Organization

Associate professor

Leave: On leave
Room: KIL/14.A-3.49
E-mail: hbu.ioa@cbs.dk

Hubert Buch-Hansen is a political economist who conducts research on sustainability transitions, competition and networks. He has published extensively on degrowth transformations, on the profound changes in how public authorities in Europe regulate competition and on how companies use corporate networks to control markets. Another longstanding interest is philosophy of science perspectives, esp. critical realism. His most recent book, Critical Realism. Basics and Beyond (co-authored by Peter Nielsen) was awarded the 2021 Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize.

Hubert is the principle investigator of Longitudinal Elite Networks (LONGLINKS), a research project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.


Primary research areas

•    Corporate networks and elites
•    The public and private regulation of competition
•    Environmental sustainability and degrowth
•    European political economy
•    Philosophies of social science, esp. critical realism

Curriculum Vitae
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•    Comparative political economy (IBP, 2nd year, mandatory)
•    Philosophy of Social Science (IBP, 2nd year, mandatory)
•    Danmark i et komparativt perspektiv (EB, 1st year, mandatory)


I supervise projects/theses dealing with topics related to the above research areas.

Selected publications

2021: ‘Towards a science of deep transformations: initiating a dialogue between degrowth and critical realism’, Ecological Economics, Vol 190, pp. 1-9 (with I. Nesterova).

2020: Critical Realism: Basics and Beyond, London: Macmillan/Red Globe Press (with P. Nielsen) [reviewed here].

2020: ‘In search of a political economy of the post-growth era’, Globalizations (with M. Koch).

2019: ‘Toxic Ties: Corporate Networks of Market Control in the European Chemical Industry, 1960-2000’, Social Networks, 58, pp. 24-36 (with L. F. Henriksen).

2018: ‘The Prerequisites for a Degrowth Paradigm Shift: Insights from Critical Political Economy’, Ecological Economics, Vol. 146, pp. 157-163.

2014: ‘Social network analysis and critical realism’, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 306-325.

2014: ‘Capitalist diversity and degrowth trajectories to steady-state economies’, Ecological Economics, Vol. 106, pp. 173-179.

2011: The Politics of European Competition Regulation. A Critical Political Economy Perspective, London and New York: Routledge (RIPE Series in Global Political Economy) (with A. Wigger).

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Hubert Buch-Hansen; Anton Grau Larsen / The Chemical Brothers : Competition and the Evolution of the Board Interlock Network in the German Chemical Industry, 1950–2015.
In: Business History, Vol. 66, No. 1, 3.2024, p. 157-180
Journal article > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen / Critical Realism
In: Dictionary of Ecological Economics: Terms for the New Millennium. . ed. /Brent M. Haddad; Barry D. Solomon. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2023, p. 101
Encyclopedia chapter > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen / Post-normal Science
In: Dictionary of Ecological Economics: Terms for the New Millennium. . ed. /Brent M. Haddad; Barry D. Solomon. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2023, p. 419-420
Encyclopedia chapter > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen / Engaging Social Science Students in the Philosophy of Science : 10 Pieces of Advice on How to Teach a Difficult Subject.
In: Journal of Critical Realism, Vol. 21, No. 4, 8.2022, p. 385-400
Journal article > peer review
Max Koch; Hubert Buch-Hansen / In Search of a Political Economy of the Postgrowth Era
In: Globalizations, Vol. 18, No. 7, 10.2021, p. 1219-1229
Journal article > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Martin B. Carstensen / Paradigms and the Political Economy of Ecopolitical Projects : Green Growth and Degrowth Compared.
In: Competition and Change, Vol. 25, No. 3/4, 7.2021, p. 308-327
Journal article > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Iana Nesterova / Towards a Science of Deep Transformations : Initiating a Dialogue between Degrowth and Critical Realism.
In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 190, 12.2021
Journal article > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen; Peter Nielsen / Critical Realism : Basics and Beyond.
London : Red Globe Press 2020, 178 p.
Book > peer review
Hubert Buch-Hansen / Cómo Evitar el Colapso Ecosocial : el Proyecto del Decrecimiento.
In: Revista de Economía y Estadística, Vol. 58, No. 1, 2020, p. 59-79
Journal article > peer review
Max Koch; Hubert Buch-Hansen / The IPE of Degrowth and Sustainable Welfare
In: The Routledge Handbook to Global Political Economy: Conversations and Inquiries. . ed. /Ernesto Vivares. Abingdon : Routledge 2020, p. 375-390
Book chapter > peer review
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