Christian Borch

Professor (mso), PhD, dr.scient.soc. – Principal Investigator Room: POR/18.B-4.135: +45 38153627 E-mail:
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My current work focuses on relations between crowd theory and crowd dynamics, on the one hand, and financial markets, on the other – with a particular focus on high-frequency trading and algorithmic trading. I examine this in part through a sociology of knowledge approach, where I study how particular forms of knowledge have political and other effects. I have pursued a similar approach in previous work on crime semantics (including my book, Foucault, Crime and Power: Problematisations of Crime in the Twentieth Century; Routledge, 2015) and on crowd semantics, the latter culminating with my award-winning book, The Politics of Crowds: An Alternative History of Sociology (Cambridge UP, 2012). I am also interested in space and architecture, especially issues relating to atmospheres and atmospheric politics, and how they relate to algo-financial markets, i.e. markets that are being increasingly dominated by algorithmic trading. Read more here. .

Ann-Christina Lange

PhD, assistant professor Email:
My research explores the social aspects of algorithmic and high-frequency trading. This research builds upon ethnographic observations and interviews with high-frequency traders and other industry participants. I am occupied with how the emergence of new technologies within financial markets transform the ways in which we might conceptualize, empirically and methodologically investigate and generally understand the social. This research builds upon a broader interest in the various intersections between the social and the economic world, with a specific focus on finance, digital and spatial innovation, topology and measurement. My PhD dissertation examined experimental filmmaking and critical design methods focusing on the differential logics between art and business as they are intimately bound up with new sites of action such as camps, labs and workshops, which feed into processes of economic valuation. .

Kristian Bondo Hansen

PhD Fellow, Cand.Merc. (Fil) Email:
In my doctoral research I examine how crowds have been problematized in relation to financial markets. More specifically, I explore how, in the popularised discourse on financial markets in the US from the late nineteenth century onwards, crowds and particularly crowd psychology began to be identified and articulated as phenomena that were integral to the functioning and malfunctioning of financial markets. Focusing especially on so-called ‘how-to’ literature, I examine how the perception of markets as profoundly influenced by crowds and crowd psychology affected the way market participants have thought about (themselves in relation to) and acted in financial markets. I have written about these and related topics in the following single and co-authored pieces: ‘Contrarian investment philosophy in the American stock market: on investment advice and the crowd conundrum’, Economy & Society, 2015; ‘Markets, bodies, and rhythms: A rhythmanalysis of financial markets from open-outcry trading to high-frequency trading’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2015; and ‘The politics of algorithmic finance’, Contexto Internacional, 2015 .

Thomas Lauronen

Student assistant Stud. MSc Finance & Strategic Management, Copenhagen Business School Email:
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Differing from the rest of the team, my academic background is not in sociology. As a student on the MSc Finance and Strategic Management course programme, I try to bring in financial perspectives to the research project where possible. I have a keen personal interest in financial markets and especially behavioural finance. Being involved in this research project is the perfect opportunity for me to learn about the newest developments in algorithmic trading and the way crowd dynamics play out in this rapidly developing field. .

Tobias Brask

Student assistant Stud. International Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School Email:
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As a student assistant I help explore the interesting territory of financial markets. My background in economy and sociology (BSc Soc.) enables me to view the market as a social system, and with a bachelor project on post crisis learning in the Danish banking sector, the work with the team is a perfect continuation of my academic trajectory so far.

Last updated by: Tobias Brask 02/03/2016