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Dr Mette Eilstrup- Sangiovanni

Dr Mette Eilstrup- Sangiovanni

Senior Lecturer

University Teaching Officer

Sidney Sussex College

Office hours: Thursdays 11:00-12:00

Office Phone: 01223 767 232


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

Research Interests

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, international arms control and disarmament cooperation (including cyber conflict).

Dr Eilstrup-Sangiovanni is on leave from POLIS from 2018-2020 when she is holding a Jean Monnet Visiting Fellowship and a Braudel Senior Visiting Fellowship at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy.


Dr Eilstrup-Sangiovanni currently teaches International Organization at both graduate and undergraduate level. She has also taught courses on International Relations Theory, International Security, the History and Theory of European Integration, and Research Design and Methodology.

Key Publications

▪ ‘What Kills International Organisations? When and Why Intergovernmental Organisations Terminate’. Forthcoming in European Journal of International Relations.

▪ ‘Enforcers Beyond Borders: Transnational NGOs and the Enforcement of International Law’ (w. J.C Sharman) - forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics

▪ ‘The Liberal Order, Crisis, and Change’ (w. S. Hofmann) - forthcoming in Journal of European Public Policy.

▪ ‘Competition and strategic differentiation among transnational advocacy groups – an ecological Perspective’. Interest Groups and Advocacy, Summer 2019.

▪  ‘Death of international organizations. The organizational ecology of intergovernmental organizations, 1815-2015’. Review of International Organizations, Fall 2018.

▪  ‘Why the World Needs an International Cyberwar Convention’. Philosophy and Technology, forth. 2017.

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

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

▪  ‘Global Governance Networks’. In Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, eds. Jennifer N. Victor, Alexander H. Montgomery and Mark Lubell, eds. (Oxford, UK: 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. Sebastian Mayer (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 269-288.

▪  ‘Network theory and security governance.’ In Handbook of Governance and Security, ed. James Sperling (Edward Elgar, Oct. 2014), chapter 3, pp. 41-62.

▪   ‘‘Weapons Proliferation: regimes and networks in international governance’. In International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics. In International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics, eds. William Brown, Olaf Corry and Agnes Czajka (The Open University, 2014).

▪    ‘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).


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