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Dr Katharina Sarter

Research interests

Dr Eva Katharina Sarter is a Political Scientist with expertise and research and teaching interests in public policy, political economy, the Welfare State, employment, digitalisation, and comparative political science. Particular topics of interest include policy-making and implementation, marketization and the political economy of the welfare state, the regulation of labour and governance of public services. Current research includes the investigation of sustainable public procurement as a regulatory policy tool and the study of digitalisation, particularly in relation to the welfare state and public services.

Academic profile

Katharina is an experienced researcher and a dedicated lecturer. Holding a Doctorate in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin in Germany, Katharina has worked in different universities in Germany, Belgium and the UK. Katharina is involved in a range of national and international networks and collaborations and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary University London and an Associate Fellow at the Wise Centre for Economic Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University. In addition to research and teaching experiences gained at different universities in Germany and the UK, Katharina has extensive experiences in supervision at different levels.

At IER, Katharina is involved in supervision of PhD students and Director of Graduate Studies.

Before joining IER in May 2022, Katharina was Senior Lecturer for Social Policy and Public Service Management at the University of South Wales and Course Leader for the interdisciplinary B.A. (Hons) Public Services. Katharina worked at the University of Bielefeld and the University of Muenster, held Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Catholic University Louvain, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of South Wales and was Visiting Fellow at different universities, including the University of Nottingham, the Centre for Globalisation and Governance at the University of Hamburg and the National University of Ireland Galway.

Current projects

All projects

Selected publications

Sarter, E.K. (2023). Public procurement and labour market inequality: Conceptualising a multifaceted relationship. Journal of Industrial Relations, online first.

Sarter, E.K. and Cookingham Bailey, E. (eds.) (2023): Understanding Public Services. A Contemporary Introduction. Bristol: Policy Press.

Sarter, E.K. (2023): "The Challenge of Knowing: Public Procurement between Unilateral Knowledge Dissemination and Participatory Knowledge-Creation." In. Nyeck, S.N. (ed.): Gender, Vulnerability Theory and Public Procurement: Perspectives on Global Reform. Abingdon: Routledge, 12-28.

Sarter, E.K. (2023): "Öffentliche Auftragsvergabe als Geschlechterpolitik." In: Gebhardt, M., Bloemen, H., Bomert, C. and Dziuba-Kaiser, S. (eds.): Machtverhältnisse. Kritische Perspektiven auf Geschlecht und Gesellschaft. Frankfurt/ Main: Campus Verlag, 179-193.

Wright, T., Conley, H., Mamode, J. and Sarter, E. K. (2023): "Buying social justice through procurement: report of project findings." London: Queen Mary University of London.

Sarter, E.K. (2022): "Marketization, Regulation, and Equality: Towards an Analytical Framework for Understanding the Equality Impact of Public Procurement." Social Politics, online first:

Cookingham Bailey, E., Sarter, E.K., Terry, V. (2022): "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Advocacy Work of Voluntary. Sector Organisations in Wales." In: Rees, J., Macmillan, R., Dayson, C., Damm, C. and Bynner, C. (eds.): COVID-19 and the Voluntary Sector in the UK. Responses, Impacts and Adaptation. Bristol: Policy Press, 118-129.

Sack, D. and Sarter, E.K. (2022): "To comply or to be committed? Public procurement and labour rights in global supply chains." Global Social Policy, 22(3): 521–539.

Sarter, E.K. (2020): “The Development and Implementation of Gender Equality Considerations in Public Procurement in Germany.” Feminist Economics, 26(3): 66-89.

Sarter, E.K. and Thomson, E. (2020): “Fulfilling its Promise? Strategic Public Procurement and the Impact of Equality Considerations on Employers’ Behaviour in Scotland.” Public Money & Management, 40(6): 437-445.

Sarter, E.K. and Karamanidou, L. (2019): “Quality, Qualifications, and the Market: Procuring Interpretation Services in the Context of the ‘Refugee Crisis’.” Social Policy & Administration, 53(3): 493- 507.

Sack, D. and E.K. Sarter (2018): “Collective bargaining, minimum wages, and public procurement in Germany: Regulatory adjustments to the neo-liberal drift of a coordinated market economy.” Journal of Industrial Relations, 60(5): 669–690.

Sack, D. und Sarter, E.K. (2018): „Policy-Varianz durch Europäisierung? Zur Wettbewerbs- und Vergabepolitik der deutschen Länder.” Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, 12(4): 725–742.

All publications

Selected presentations

Wohlfahrtsstaatliche Dienstleistungen zwischen Staat und Markt: Zur politischen Dimension der Vergabe öffentlicher Aufträge. Conference of the Centre for Euroepan Gender Studies (ZEUGS), University of Münster, 2024.

How can public services face a changing world?, Social Policy Association Conference, University of Nottingham, 2023.

Öffentliche Auftragsvergabe als funktionales Äquivalent zu subnationalen Gesetzgebungsbefugnissen?, Conference of the Working Group Welfare State Research in the German Association for Political Science (DVPW), 2023.

Public Procurement as a Policy Tool for Advancing Equality: Developments in Scotland and Wales., Social Policy Association Conference, University of Nottingham, 2023.

Öffentliche Auftragsvergabe und (globale) Gerechtigkeit, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 2019.

‘A more equal Wales’? Exploring the interpretation of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act 2015. WISERD Annual Conference, Pontypridd, 2018.

Improving Employment Conditions and Promoting Worker’s Rights in Global Supply Chains: Strategic Public Procurement as a Regulatory Tool. Cardiff Employment Research Unit Conference ‘Global Value Chains and their Employment Relations Consequences’, Cardiff, 2018.

Lagging behind or creating a path of its own? Female labour market integration in the Western Mediterranean. Mid-term Conference of the Research Networks 14 „Gender Relations in the Labour Market and the Welfare State” der European Sociological Association, Leicester, 2010.

All conference presentations


Katharina is an experienced lecturer with broad experiences of and a passion for teaching in Higher Education. Katharina has successfully designed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate modules at different universities in Germany and Great Britain, acted as a Course leader for an interdisciplinary social science program of study, and has successfully supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in Germany and the UK. Katharina has extensive experiences in supervising dissertations. The focus of Katharina's teaching and supervision activities lies in the field of public and social policies, political economy, welfare state research, comparative research, employment, and research methods.

External activities

  • Member of Steering Committee of the Doctoral Education and Academia Research Centre (DEAR)
  • Member of the Board, RN 32 Political Sociology, European Sociological Association.
  • Associate Fellow, Wise Centre for Economic Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London.

Other information

Languages: German, English, French, Spanish and courtesy level Welsh.



Dr Katharina Sarter

Assistant Professor

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76 150943

Katharina dot Sarter at warwick dot ac dot uk