Department of Organization

Assistant professor

Room: KIL/14.A-3.50
E-mail: jha.ioa@cbs.dk
Jacob Hasselbalch

My over-arching research interest is in exploring the interaction between innovation, bureaucracy, and sustainability. I have conducted case studies on electronic cigarettes, hydraulic fracturing, labor mobility, plastic packaging, and am currently working on organic farming. My work is interdisciplinary in theory and method, but tends to emphasize the importance of ideas, discourse, and social networks.

At CBS, I am part of the Velux Foundation project called NICHE (‘Expert Niches: How Local Networks Leverage Markets’). I also retain a 20% affiliation to the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden, where I am involved in the Horizon 2020 project called REINVENT (‘Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation’, grant no. 730053) and STEPS (‘Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways’, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research).

Primary research areas

•    International political economy
•    Regulation and governance (especially European Union)
•    Sustainability transitions

Curriculum Vitae
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•    BSc International Business and Politics, International Political Economy, 3rd semester

•    BSc European Business, Philosophy of Science and Methods, 2nd semester (in Danish)


I am interested in supervising Bachelor and Master theses that speak to the sustainability challenges of companies and societies in general, including how those challenges are framed, negotiated, and managed especially by experts, activists, and policymakers.

Selected publications

Hasselbalch, J. (2019), ‘Framing brain drain: between solidarity and skills in European labor mobility’, Review of International Political Economy, 26(6): 1333-1360. Available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2019.1626755

Nielsen, T. D., Hasselbalch, J., Holmberg, K., & Stripple, J. (2019). ‘Politics and the Plastic Crisis: A Review throughout the Plastic Life Cycle’, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment. Available online at: https://doi.org/10.1002/wene.360

Hasselbalch, J. (2018), ‘Innovation assessment: governing through periods of disruptive technological change’, Journal of European Public Policy, 25(12): 1855-1873. Available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2017.1363805

Hasselbalch, J. (2016), ‘Professional disruption in health regulation: electronic cigarettes in the European Union’, Journal of Professions and Organization, 3(1): 62-85. Available online at: https://academic.oup.com/jpo/article/3/1/62/2412618

Publications sorted by:
Jacob A. Hasselbalch; Leonard Seabrooke / Prosopography
In: Research Methods in the Social Sciences: An A-Z of Key Concepts. . ed. /Jean-Frédéric Morin; Christian Olsson; Ece Özlem Atikcan. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 223-228
Book chapter > peer review
Tobias D. Nielsen; Jacob Hasselbalch; Karl Holmberg; Johannes Stripple / Politics and the Plastic Crisis : A Review throughout the Plastic Life Cycle.
In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2020
Review > peer review
Bregje van Veelen; Jacob Hasselbalch / Power and Politics in Plastics Research : A Critique of ‘Whither Plastics? Petrochemicals, Plastics and Sustainability in a Garbage-riddled World.
In: Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 61, 3.2020
Review > peer review
Jacob Hasselbalch; Eleni Tsingou / Regulatory Networks and Policy Communities
In: Governance and Politics in the Post-Crisis European Union . ed. /Ramona Coman; Amandine Crespy; Vivien A. Schmidt. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2020, p. 74-93
Book chapter > peer review
Jacob A. Hasselbalch / Framing Brain Drain : Between Solidarity and Skills in European Labor Mobility.
In: Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 26, No. 6, 12.2019, p. 1333-1360
Journal article > peer review
Fredric Bauer; Karin Ericsson; Jacob Hasselbalch; Tobias D. Nielsen; Lars J. Nilsson / Climate Innovations in the Plastic Industry : Prospects for Decarbonisation.
Lund : Lunds Universitet 2018, 26 p. (IMES/EESS report, No. 111)
Jacob Hasselbalch / Innovation Assessment : Governing Through Periods of Disruptive Technological Change.
In: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 25, No. 12, 12.2018, p. 1855-1873
Journal article > peer review
Jacob Hasselbalch; Leonard Seabrooke / Professional Strategies and Enterprise in Transnational Projects
In: Professions and Professional Service Firms: Private and Public Sector Enterprises in the Global Economy. . ed. /Mike Saks; Daniel Muzio. Abingdon : Routledge 2018, p. 46-64 (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies, Vol. 75)
Book chapter > peer review
Jacob Hasselbalch / The European Politics of Brain Drain : A Fast or Slow-burning Crisis?.
Warwick : University of Warwick 2017, 43 p. (CSGR Working Paper Series, No. 285, Vol. 17)
Working paper
Jacob Hasselbalch / Professional Disruption in Health Regulation : Electronic Cigarettes in the European Union.
In: Journal of Professions and Organization, Vol. 3, No. 1, 3.2016, p. 62–85
Journal article > peer review
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Lund University
Postdoctoral researcher (20%)

Lund University
Postdoctoral researcher (20%)

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