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Jacob Hasselbalch

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I am an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellow on a joint degree programme at the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS), University of Warwick, and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. I began my dissertation in October 2013 after completing my graduate and undergraduate studies at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. I passed my viva in May 2017 with no corrections.

I am currently working at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, as a postdoc on the Horizon 2020 research project ENLIGHTEN ("European legitimacy in governing through hard times: the role of European networks"). Click here to read more about the project.


The title of my dissertation is The Contentious Politics of Disruptive Innovation: Vaping and Fracking in the European Union.

I am interested in investigating how disruptive innovation impacts regulatory capacity and process in cases where big, slow-moving, heavily regulated firms enter new, publicly contentious, fast-moving markets. I am looking at the EU-level regulation of hydraulic fracturing (shale gas) and e-cigarettes as examples of this. My research is interdisciplinary in theories and methods and spans the boundaries of international political economy, economic sociology, and transnational regulation.

The dissertation was supervised by Leonard Seabrooke, André Broome, Jean-Frédéric Morin and Cornel Ban.

Research interests and themes

  • Framing and social competition in policy debates and regulatory matters
  • Understanding innovation, technological change and disruption in markets, governance, and societies
  • The social construction of risk, especially in the areas of the environment and human health
  • The politics of tobacco control and energy policy

Please click here for an overview of my conference and workshop activities. Publications and working papers are available on my and profiles.


Professional disruption in health regulation: electronic cigarettes in the European Union, Journal of Professions and Organization (2016), Volume 3, Issue 1: 62-85; doi: 10.1093/jpo/jov009


Jacob Hasselbalch

J dot A dot Hasselbalch at warwick dot ac dot uk

Skype: jhasselbalch