Marcel Knöchelmann

Short Bio for Conferences

Marcel Knöchelmann is a sociologist with a focus on scholarly communication and inequities in education and the production of knowledge. His current reseach concerns the publishing imperative in the humanities and the open access myth of the democratisation of knowledge. Marcel is affiliated with University College London and Yale University, and worked for different publishing houses in the UK and Germany prior to his research. He currently works as a part time researcher at the DZHW (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies).

His studies are supported by doctoral scholarships of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and the AHRC UK through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

Before his PhD, Marcel worked as a bookseller for three years and gained practical experience in publishing with projects at John Wiley & Sons, De Gruyter, The Academic Book of the Future project, Knowledge Unlatched, and the International Arthurian Society, among others. He continues to work as a consultant focussing on digital and open access projects.

Find a list of my scholarly and popular publications here. Find the abstract of my Doctoral Research here: Rationalities of Scholarly Discourse: A Cultural Sociological Analysis of Authorship and Publishing in the Humanities.



My PhD research is fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (AHRC) through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

I’m currently also holding a non-financial scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation).

I further received a full scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes for my BA and MA, a 2016 SSP International Fellowship, and the 2015 John Wiley & Sons scholarship for my MA at UCL.


Professional Experience

I’m a member of the German Social Democrats (SPD), and founding member of the network for higher education/science policy within the SPD. Find out more about this project or get involved here.

I have extensive practical experience in scholarly communication management through project work at Schwabe Verlag, John Wiley & Sons, De Gruyter, The Academic Book of the Future project, and the early Knowledge Unlatched, among others. I was the editorial assistant for the Journal of the International Arthurian Society for their 2018 edition. I continue to take on consulting and advisory roles for publishers or scholarly organisations with a focus on open practices and strategy.

During the 18/19 academic year, I held a Teaching Assistant position for the Publishing Skills module (with Daniel Boswell) for the MA in Publishing at UCL. During the 17/18 academic year, I held a Teaching Assistant position for Nick Canty for the MA in Publishing at UCL. I held a minor research position reporting to Cathrin Mohr at the  Chair of  Economic History at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, 2018-2019.

I received a BA from HTWK Leipzig and an MA from UCL.

Before my university studies, I completed a three-year apprenticeship as a bookseller at an independent bookshop in Germany. During those years, I was very active as a guitarist and bassist in different jazz and (stoner)-rock formations.


University Lectures

I lecture(d) on the following topics:

  • Ethics in academic publishing (UCL)
  • Marketing and strategy in scholarly publishing (UCL)
  • The history of academic publishing (UCL)
  • Digital publishing processes (UCL)
  • Microeconomics in book publishing industries (UCL)
  • Academic writing and discourse (HTWK Leipzig)
  • Managerial accounting (HTWK Leipzig)


Panels and Speaking

Get in touch for keynotes or panels. I’m happy to talk about open access, issues of equality in scholarly communication, or current and historical perspectives on scholarship in the humanities. Previous keynotes and talks include, among others:

  • 4S/EASST conference, Prague, 2020: The Failed Revolution: Technological Determinism and the Global Production of Knowledge
  • University of Groningen, Research Symposium, Groningen, NL: Collaboration against a Culture of Competition, keynote (deferred/SARS-Cov-19 crisis)
  • LAHP Annual Research Day, London, 2019: Social Dilemma and Reproduction in Humanities Publishing
  • OpenUP Final Conference, Brussels, 2018: Don’t Take Openness as a Good on its Own
  • Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting, Boston, 2017: Signifiers of Relevance or Identifiers of Communities
  • Academic Book of the Future Week, British Library, London, 2017: Start-ups in Scholarly Publishing
  • Society of Young Publishers conference, Oxford, 2017: Open Access: From Opening Access to Justifying Business
  • iFair conference on a United Nations World Parliament, Berlin, 2017: Open Access Policy Development in National Contexts
  • EbookCamp, Hamburg, 2015: The Survival of the Fittest in Publishing, keynote


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