Information Studies


Marcel Knöchelmann

Marcel Knöchelmann is a sociologist, focussing on scholarly communication and the humanities.

Marcel Knöchelmann

I research and write about scholarly communication, especially authorship and publishing in various contexts. I look at how scholars communicate and how, by means of this communication, scholarship impacts society, or how societal developments impact scholarly communication. The REF is probably the best example of the latter.

I’m particularly interested in the humanities since what it means to being human and the constitution of Western societies is intricately intertwined with the thought and tradition of the Geisteswissenschaften. This feeds back ontological questions of how action and meaning can be understood, the fundamental questions of social theory and social philosophy. I combine aspects of contemporary practice theory with cultural sociology (Yale sociology’s strong programme). Find out more about my intellectual programme here.

I finished my PhD at UCL in July 2021. The title of my thesis was: Rationalities of Scholarly Discourse. A Cultural Sociological Analysis of Authorship and Publishing in the Humanities. I currently work as a part time researcher at the DZHW (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies), Berlin, after having finished a research stay at the Department of Sociology at Yale University.

My work was funded and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). I’m a member of the German Sociological Association (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie), the European Sociological Association, and the Society for Social Studies of Science.


Scholarly interests include:

  • Scholarly communication practices in the humanities
  • Open access practices and discourses
  • The connections between scholarship and teaching in the humanities and society/communities
  • The history and philosophy of the humanities
  • Cultural sociology and, in particular, practice theory


I give lectures on the following topics:

  • Ethics in academic publishing (UCL)
  • Marketing and strategy in scholarly publishing (UCL)
  • The history of scholarly publishing (UCL)
  • Digital publishing processes (UCL)
  • Academic writing and discourse (HTWK Leipzig)
  • Managerial accounting (HTWK Leipzig)
  • Find out more about my teaching and supervision here.


Contact: marcel.knochelmann.15 [a] ucl.ac.uk | marcel.knochelmann[a] yale.edu