Professor Dvora Yanow

Wageningen University

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Wageningen University
Wageningen University


Guest Professor in Wageningen University’s Department of Social Sciences, in the Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Sub-Department, I am concerned, in both research and teaching, with the generation and communication of knowing and meaning in policy and organizational settings. A political/policy/organizational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist, I am currently exploring state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies and citizen-making practices, research ethics and regulation policies (including university ethics committees), practice studies, and science/technology museum spaces and the idea of science. Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes, my most recent book, written with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, is the first volume in our co-edited Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods; our co-edited Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn has been published in a second edition.

Two previous policy field research projects – published as How Does a Policy Mean? Interpreting Policy and Organizational Actions, and Constructing "Race" and "Ethnicity" in America: Category-making in Public Policy and Administration (winner of the 2007 Herbert A. Simon Book Award from the American Political Science Association and the 2004 Best Book Award from the American Society for Public Administration), as well as in journal articles and book chapters – examined cases in Israel and the US. I am now extending that research to The Netherlands.

In organizational studies, my co-authored article ‘Culture and Organizational Learning’ received the Journal of Management Inquiry’s 1994 ‘Breaking the Frame’ award for the best contribution in its first two years of publication; more recently, it was selected to be republished in a special issue celebrating the journal’s 20th anniversary. Other works in organizational culture, organizational learning, organizational spaces, and, currently, practice studies include the co-edited Knowing in Organizations: A Practice-based Approach (M E Sharpe, 2003; with Davide Nicolini and Silvia Gherardi), Organizational Spaces: Rematerializing the Workaday World (Edward Elgar, 2010; with Alfons van Marrewijk), and Organizational Culture (Edward Elgar, 2011; with Sierk Ybema and Ida Sabelis).