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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Director of Studies Sidney Sussex College


Mette's research focuses broadly on international organization, international security, institutional design and the role of non-state actors in global governance.

Her specific topics of interest are the ecology of international organizations, international arms control and disarmament, and transnational environmental advocacy. 


Key publications: 


▪ 'Issue-Adoption and Campaign Structure in Transnational Advocacy Campaigns. A Longitudinal Network Analysis' (with L. Breen). European Journal of International Relations. Online first March 2023. DOI: 10.1177/13540661231158553

▪ ‘The Anachronism of Bellicist State-Building’. Forum: War, political development and European integration: a debate on Keleman and McNamara’s ‘State-building the European Union’, Journal of European Public Policy (forth. Nov. 2022).

▪ ‘The OSCE in Crisis. Five Lessons from the League of Nations’. OSCE Insights 3/2022 (Baden-Baden: Nomos)  pp. 1-14.:

▪ Vigilantes beyond Borders. NGOs as Enforcers of International Law (w. JC Sharman). Princeton University Press (forth 2022) 

▪ The Global Governance Complexity Cube: Varieties of Institutional Complexity in Global Governance (w. O. Westerwinter). Review of International Organizations (Nov 2021). Open access link: 

▪ 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.

Director of the Mst in International Relations
University Teaching Officer
Fellow, Sidney Sussex College

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