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Dr Mette Eilstrup- Sangiovanni

Dr Mette Eilstrup- Sangiovanni

Senior Lecturer

University Teaching Officer

Sidney Sussex College

Office Phone: 01223 767 232


Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (2001). Prior to taking up her post at Cambridge University, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Centre for European Studies (2000-02). She is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Sidney Sussex College.

Research Interests

Dr. Eilstrup-Sangiovanni's main research interests are in the areas of International Organization, International Relations Theory and International Security with a particular focus on institutional design. In recent research projects she has studied the design and dynamics of transgovernmental security networks, the organizational structure of terrorist and criminal networks, as well as the institutional implications of declining American hegemony. Her other research interests include regional integration, the EU, European security and defense policy, balance-of-power and alliance theory, and transnational environmental advocacy.

Research Projects

  • 2012. Dr Eilstrup-Sangiovanni was recently selected to participate in the NOBEL INSTITUTE’s Visiting Fellowship Program on ‘Power and Polarity: The Ascent and Descent of Great Powers’ Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway (May 2012).
  • 2012/13. The Birth of Regional Unions (book project)
  • 2012. The New Global Non-Proliferation Regime Complex (research project, funded Leverhulme Trust)


Dr. Eilstrup-Sangiovanni currently teaches an advanced graduate course in International Organization. She also supervises Pol 3 (Ethics and World Politics), Pol 4 (Comparative Politics) and Pol 5 (International Relations). She has previously taught courses on IR-Theory, International Security, the History and Theory of European Integration, and Research Design and Methodology.

Key Publications

▪   ‘From Advocacy to Confrontation: Direct Enforcement by Environmental NGOs’ (w. Teale Phelps-Bondaroff) (International Studies Quarterly, June 2014, pp. 1-14). READ HERE:

▪   ‘Europe's Defense Dilemma’, International Spectator, vol. 49, no. 2, June 2014.

▪   ‘Informal Institutions and Intergovernmental Networks Outside the Alliance’. In Inside the Alliance. NATO’s Bureaucracy and Decision-Making after the Cold War, ed. Sebastian Mayer, Palgrave, forth. 2013.

▪   ‘Network Theory and Security Governance’. In Handbook on Governance and Security, ed. James Sperling, Edward Elgar, December 2013

▪   ‘Weapons Proliferation Regimes and Networks in International Governance’. In International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics, Chapter 12 (Open University, 2014).

▪   The EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy and the Mali Crisis, e-IR, August 2013

▪   ‘Power and Purpose in Transgovernmental Networks: insights from the global non-proliferation regime’ (under review)

▪   ‘Adjusting to Multipolarity: American Decline and the Reshaping of the Global Institutional Order’. In Power and Polarity, ed. Asle Toje, Nobel Institute, Oslo, forth. 2013.

▪    ‘Varieties of Cooperation: Government Networks in International Security”, in Miles Kahler, ed., Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance, pp. 194-227. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2009.

▪   ‘Strengths and Weaknesses of Networks: Why al-Qaeda may be Less Dangerous than Most Think’, International Security, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Fall 2008) pp. 7-44 (w. Calvert Jones). 
- also published in Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Cote, Sean-Lynn Jones and Steven E. Miller, eds. Contending with Terrorism. Roots, Strategies, and Responses. MIT Press, 2010.

▪   ‘Refuting Balance-of-Power Theory?’, European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 15, No. 2 (June 2009).

▪   ‘Uneven Power and the Pursuit of Peace. How Power Transition Motivates Integration’. Journal of Comparative European Politics, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 2008)

* Debates on European Integration, The European Union Series (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

▪   ‘European Integration as a Solution to War’ (w. D. Verdier), European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 11, No. 1, (2005), pp. 99-135.

▪   ‘Transnational Networks and New Security Threats’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 18, no. 1 (April 2005).

‘Why a Common Foreign and Security Policy is Bad for Europe’, Survival, Vol. 45, No. 4 (Winter 2003), pp. 193-206