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Doktor rer. pol.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Katharina’s main research interests lie in the field of public and social policies. More specifically, Katharina is interested in the interaction between economic and social policy goals and in conceptual ideas and their implications for social and economic policies. Katharina’s current research focuses on public procurement as a tool for the regulation of labour and socially responsible public procurement, the importance of concepts for public policies, and methodological questions of comparative research.


Katharina has broad experiences in research and teaching. Before joining USW, Katharina held Research Fellowships at Glasgow Caledonian University and the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and worked at different universities in Germany. Katharina has been Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Global Governance at the University of Hamburg and the Public Procurement Research Group at the University of Nottingham and has completed a Short-time Scientific Mission at the National University of Ireland Galway. Katharina is a member of the Board of the Research Network Political Sociology in the European Sociological Association.

Katharina’s work has attracted interest from academics and practitioners; Katharina has been invited for oral and written submissions by NGOs, ministries and government departments in Germany and the UK.



Sack, D., Schulten, T., Sarter, E.K. and Böhlke, N. (2016): Öffentliche Auftragsvergabe in Deutschland. Sozial und nachhaltig? Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Sarter, E.K. (2012): Sozialpolitik zwischen Tradition und Moderne. Staatliche Regelungen im Schnittfeld von Arbeitsmarktintegration und Reproduktion in Deutschland, Frankreich und Spanien. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Articles and book chapters

Duvvury, N., Radl, J., Sarter, E.K., Scherger, S. und Spijker, J. (2020): “Policy Toolkits on Employment and Ageing: A Conceptual Framework.” In: Ní Léime, A., Ogg, J., Rasticova, M. Street, D., Krekula, C., Bédiová, M. und Madero-Cabib, I. (eds.): Extended Working Life Policies: International Gender and Health Perspectives. Springer, 69-83.

Howells, L., Parfitt, S., Robinson, S. and Sarter, E. K. (2020): “New development: Myth or reality? The public sector’s growing appetite to procure from the third sector.” Public Money & Management, 40(2): 170-173.

Romeu Gordo, L. und Sarter, E.K. (2020): “Germany.” In: Ní Léime, A., Ogg, J., Rasticova, M. Street, D., Krekula, C., Bédiová, M. und Madero-Cabib, I. (eds.): Extended Working Life Policies: International Gender and Health Perspectives. Springer, 271-281.

Sarter, E.K. (2020): “The development and Implementation of Gender Equality Considerations in Public Procurement in Germany. Feminist Economics.” (online first)

Sarter, E.K. and Thomson, E. (2019): “Fulfilling its Promise? Strategic Public Procurement and the Impact of Equality Considerations on Employers’ Behaviour in Scotland.” Public Money & Management. (online first)

Sarter, E.K. (2019): “The Power of Collaboration. Reflection on a Collaborative Approach to Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration.” Teaching Public Administration. (online first)

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 Sarter, E.K. (2018): “Is Europeanisation causing policy variance? An analysis of German federal states’ competition and public procurement policies.” Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, 12(4): 725–742. (in German)

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. and Sarter, E.K. (2018): “Strategic use and social taming – Opening up the doctrine of market competition in public procurement.” In: Heinelt, H. und Münch, S. (eds.): Handbook of European Policies. Interpretive Approaches to the EU. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 371-387.

Sarter, E.K. and Sack, D. (2016): “Von Märkten, Konsum und einer besseren Welt. Nachhaltigkeit und Fairtrade im öffentlichen Sektor.” In: Jantke, K., Lottermoser, F., Reinhardt, J., Rothe, D., and Stöver, J. (eds.): Nachhaltiger Konsum. Institutionen, Instrumente, Initiativen. Baden-Baden, Nomos, 379-394.

Sack, D. and Sarter, E.K. (2016): “Der Europäische Gerichtshof und die deutschen Bundesländer – Sozialpolitisierung und Rechtsunsicherheit im europäisierten Föderalismus.“ In: Rehder, B. and Schneider, I. (eds.): Gerichtsverbünde, Grundrechte und Politikfelder in Europa. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 343-366.

Sarter, E.K. (2016): “CSR, Public Spending, and the State. The Strategic Use of Public Procurement as a Lever to Foster Corporate Social Responsibility.” In: Camilleri, M. (ed.): CSR 2.0 and the New Era of Corporate Citizenship. Hershey: IGI Global, 55-75.

Sarter, E.K. (2015): “Contracting out of Services, European Public Procurement Law and Gender Equality in Tendering.” WAGADU. Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies Special Issue: Women, Gender and Government Outsourcing in Comparative Perspective, 14: 3, 55-83.

Sack, D. and Sarter, E.K. (2015): “Öffentliche Aufträge und sozialpolitische Ziele.“ Gesellschaft. Wirtschaft. Politik, 3/2015, 369-380.

Sarter, E.K. (2013): “Ladies‘ Association.“ In: Frank, Lisa Tendrich (ed.) (2013): An Encyclopedia of American Women at War. From the Home Front to the Battlefields. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 347-348.

Sarter, E.K. and Gonschior, M. (2012): “ Beyond Gender and Migration. Perspectives for Research on German Academia.“ Diversitas. Zeitschrift für Managing Diversity und Diversity Studies 1/2/ 2012, 33-38. (in German)

Sarter, E.K. (2012): “Changing Traditions? Spanish Social Policies Concerning Work and Care.” Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 1/2011, 43-58. (in German)

Sarter, E.K. (2012): “Négligence politique ou voie spécifique? Travail et maternité dans l’aire méditérranéenne”. In: Arena, F., Cid, R. and Knibiehler, Y. (eds.): La maternité à l’épreuve du genre. Métamorphoses et permanences de la maternité dans l’aire méditerranéenne. Rennes: Les Presses de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes de Santé Publique, 197-204.

Sarter, E.K. (2012): “Frauenrolle und Frauenarbeit in Spanien: Von gottgegebener Differenz zu rechtlicher Gleichheit.“ In: Wilde, G. and Friedrich, S. (eds.): Im Blick der Disziplinen. Geschlecht und Geschlechterverhältnisse in der wissenschaftlichen Analyse. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 71-89.

Sarter, E.K. (2012): “Travail, Famille, Patrie. Geschlechterverhältnisse unter Vichy“. Femina Politica. Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft 1/2012, 41-50.

Sarter, E.K., Gonschior, M. and Nieter, K. (2011): “Can Diversity Management be Learnt? Impact and Implications of Promoting and Fostering Diversity Management at University Level.” Diversitas. Zeitschrift für Managing Diversity und Diversity Studies 3/2011, 19-25. (in German)

Sarter, E.K. (2011): “Tagungsbericht. La maternité à l‘épreuve du genre. Métamorphoses et permanences de la maternité dans l’aire méditerranéenne“. GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft 3/2011, 148-153.

Sarter, E.K. (2011): “Teilzeit als Armutsrisiko?“ Femina Politica. Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft 1/2011, 119-126.

Kahlert, H., Gonschior, M., Nieter, K. and Sarter, E.K. (2011): “Wie wichtig ist Betreuung für die Orientierung auf eine wissenschaftliche Laufbahn? Eine Analyse der Betreuungssituation von Promovierenden in der Chemie und Politikwissenschaft“. In: Boeck, Gisela/ Lammel, Norbert (eds.): Kulturen des Wissens: Frauen und Wissenschaft. Rostock: Universität Rostock, 109-142.

Working Papers

Sarter, E.K. (2016): “Public Procurement & the Public Sector Equality Duty: Equality Sensitive Tendering in Scotland.” Glasgow Caledonian University: WiSE Working Papers No.5.

Sarter, E.K., Fuchs, S. and Sack, D. (2014): “SME-friendly public procurement in Germany?: Legal strategies and political challenges.” Universität Bielefeld: Working Paper Series Comparative Governance no. 2.

Sarter, E.K., Sack, D. and Fuchs, S. (2014): “Public Procurement as Social Policy?: An introduction to social criteria in public procurement in Germany.” Universität Bielefeld: Working Paper Series Comparative Governance no. 1.


Katharina is an Associate of the WiSE Centre for Economic Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University, the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales and member of the Board of Research Network Political Sociology in the European Sociological Association.

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Research
Public & Social Policy
Equality & Diversity
Multi-level Governance

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