Dr Stefanie Mauksch


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foto neu2 kleinStefanie Mauksch's research focuses on new development activities under the umbrella of social entrepreneurship. While her doctoral thesis engaged with the ways in which promoters develop, advertise and embellish the concept in Euro-America, her current project examines how the concept is realized, made manifest and contested in the Global South. What happens when the heroic vision of social entrepreneurship meets the everyday struggles of very poor people? How do activists "teach" business skills and motivate clients to alter their economic behavior? What do participants learn and to what extent do their learnings meet previously held expectations or shape future action? Stefanie Mauksch explores these questions through an investigation of social enterprise projects in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Khartoum (Sudan).



Body, Kinship & Gender, Anthropological Methods, Museum Anthropology, Business Anthropology, Anthropology of Neoliberalism, Social Entrepreneurship



Edited Volumes

Social Enterprise as Lived and Practised: The Methodological Potential of Ethnography, 2017, co-authored by Mike Rowe and Simon Teasdale. In: Social Enterprise Journal 13(2).



More than Buzz. About the Promise and Practice of Social Entrepreneurship, 2013, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Dissertation.

A Journalist, not a Women Journalist! Das Verhandeln Von Feministischen Lebensentwürfen im indischen Journalismus, 2013, Diplomica Verlag, Magisterarbeit.


Refereed Articles

Everyone a Changemaker? Exploring the moral underpinnings of social innovation discourse through real utopias, 2020, co-authored by Simon Teasdale, Michael Roy, Rafael Ziegler, Pascal Dey and Emmanuel Raufflet. In: Journal of Social Entrepreneurship (forthcoming).

Ethnographies of Social Enterprise (Editorial), 2017, zusammen mit Pascal Dey, Mike Rowe und Simon Teasdale. In: Social Enterprise Journal 13(2): 114-127.

'Managing the Dance of Enchantment: An Ethnography of Social Entrepreneurship Events', 2017. In: Organization 24(2): 133-153.

'Heading Towards a More Social Future? Scenarios for Social Enterprises in Germany'. 2016, co-authored by Henning Engelke, Inga-Lena Darkow, and Heiko von der Gracht. In: Business & Society 55(1): 56-89.

'Opportunities for Social Enterprise in Germany - Evidence From an Expert Survey', 2015, co-authored by Henning Engelke, Inga-Lena Darkow, and Heiko von der Gracht. In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change 90(B): 635-646.

'Fieldwork as Dialogue. Reflections on Alternative Forms of Engagement'. 2014, co-authored by Ursula Rao. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 139(1), 23-38.

'More than "Buzz" About the Promise and Practice of Social Entrepreneurship'. 2014. In Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik 15(1): 148-153.

'Beyond Managerial Rationality: Exploring Social Enterprise in Germany'. 2012. In: Social Enterprise Journal 8(2): 156-170.


Book Chapters

'Five Ways of Seeing Events (In Anthropology and Organization Studies)' (Forthcoming). In Raza Mir & Anne-Laure Fayard. The Routledge Companion to Anthropology and Business, New York: Routledge.

(It) is exactly what is was in me - The Performativity of Social Entrepreneurship', 2018. In Pascal Dey & Chris Steyaert: Social Entrepreneurship - An Affirmative Critique. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 137-58.

'Austerity and Social Entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom: A Community Perspective'. 2016, co-authored by Mike Rowe. In: Liddle, Joyce (Ed.):  New Perspectives on Research Policy and Practice in Public Entrepreneurship. London: Emerald, p. 173-193.

'The One and the Many Sides of Social Business - A Critical Reflection'. 2014, co-authored by Karin Kreutzer. In: Andrea Grove & Gary Berg (Eds.) Social Business: Theory, Practice and Critical Perspectives. New York: Springer, p. 225-237.


Book Reviews

Kenny, M.G. & K. Smillie "Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology". In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 26(1): 199-200.

Supriya Singh "Globalization and Money. A Global South Perspective". 2015. In: South Asia. Journal of South Asian Studies 38(1): 134-135.


Online Publications

"Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experiment, Part One." Teaching Tools, Cultural Anthropology website, May 28, 2018.

"Envisioning Theory: An Anthropological Teaching Experimen, Part Two." Teaching Tools, Cultural Anthropology website, June 4, 2018.



British Academy of Management, 2012 in Cardiff, Best Developmental Paper Award, Entrepreneurship Stream

International Social Innovation Research Conference, 2012 in Birmingham, UK, Best Paper in the Critical Perspectives Stream

Other academic activities

Higher Education Didactics Certificate, 2018

Honorary Guest Fellow at the University of Manchester, January to March 2015, funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Reviewer for Anthropology of Work Review, Organization, Journal of Management Studies, VOLUNTAS, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Routledge Books and the Social Enterprise Journal


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