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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Dr Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni is Professor in International Relations and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. 


Her main research interests are in the areas of International Organization, International Relations Theory and International Security. Her current research focuses on institutional design, organizational ecology of international organizations, transnational advocacy, and international arms control and disarmament cooperation.


Key publications: 


▪ Ordering Global Governance Complexes. The evolution of the Governance Complex for International Civil Aviation. The Review of International Organizations (February 2021). Open access link:

▪ Re-bordering Europe? Collective Action Barriers to 'Fortress Europe'. Journal of European Public Policy (February 2021):

▪ What Kills International Organisations? When and Why Intergovernmental Organisations Terminate. European Journal of International Relations (July 2020). DOI: 10.1177/1354066120932976.

▪ Of the Contemporary Global Order, Crisis, and Change (w. SC Hofmann) Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 27, no. 7 (2020), 1077-1089. Open Access Link:

▪ Enforcers Beyond Borders: Transnational NGOs and the Enforcement of International Law (w. JC Sharman), Perspectives on Politics, vol. 19, no. 1, March 2021, pp. 131 – 147. DOI:

▪ The Liberal Order, Crisis, and Change (w. S Hofmann) Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 27, no. 7 (2020).

▪ Competition and strategic differentiation among transnational advocacy groups – an Ecological Perspective. Interest Groups and Advocacy, vol. 8, 2019.

▪ Death of international organizations. The organizational ecology of intergovernmental organizations, 1815-2015’. Review of International Organizations, vol. 15, 2020 (Online first, 2018).

▪ Why the World Needs an International Cyberwar Convention. Philosophy and Technology, vol. 31, 2018.

▪ Hierarchy among NGOs: Authority and influence in global civil society. International Politics Reviews, vol. 6, 2018, pp. 99-106 .

▪ Power and Purpose in Transgovernmental Networks: Insights from the Global Nonproliferation Regime. In The New Power Politics: Networks and Transnational Security Governance, eds. D Avant and O Westerwinter (Oxford University Press, 2016).

▪ From Advocacy to Confrontation: Direct Enforcement by Environmental NGOs (w. Teale Phelps-Bondaroff) International Studies Quarterly, vol. 58, no. 2, June 2014.

▪ Global Governance Networks. In Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, eds. JN Victor, AH Montgomery and M Lubell (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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

▪ Informal Cooperation beyond the Alliance. In NATO’s Post-Cold War Politics. The Changing Provision of Security, ed. S Mayer (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 269-288.

▪ Network theory and security governance. In Handbook of Governance and Security, ed. J Sperling (Edward Elgar, 2014), pp. 41-62.

▪ Weapons Proliferation: regimes and networks in international governance. In International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics. Eds. W Brown, O Corry and A Czajka (Open University, 2014).

▪ Varieties of Cooperation: Government Networks in International Security. In M Kahler, ed., Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance (Cornell University Press, 2009), pp. 194-227.

▪ Strengths and Weaknesses of Networks: Why al-Qaeda may be Less Dangerous than Most Think. International Security, vol. 33, no. 2, 2008) (w. C 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 Regional Power Transition Promotes Integration. Journal of Comparative European Politics, vol. 6, no. 1, 2008.

▪ BOOK: Debates on European Integration. The European Union Series (Palgrave Macmillan), 2006, pp. i-505.

▪ Why a Common Foreign and Security Policy is Bad for Europe. Survival, vol. 45, no. 4, Winter 2003.

▪ European Integration as a Solution to War. (w. D Verdier). European Journal of International Relations, vol. 11, no. 1, 2005.

▪ Transnational Networks and New Security Threats. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 18, no. 1, 2005. 

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Teaching and Supervisions


Mette teaches courses in international organization at both graduate and undergraduate level. She currently teaches two MPhil courses on ‘The Crisis of Multilateralism’ and ‘Transnational Authority in World Politics’. She supervises undergraduate, MPhil and PhD theses on various aspects of international relations theory with a particular focus on the design and functioning of international institutions and organizations, international security, transnational advocacy, international arms control and the history and theory of European integration,

Mette is Director of Studies in Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) and Politics and History at Sidney Sussex College.

Professor of International Relations
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Dr Mette  Eilstrup- Sangiovanni

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