Dr. Matthew D. Stephen

(040) 6541-2052
Gebäude H1
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg
Fakultät für Wirtschaft- und
Postfach 70 08 22
22008 Hamburg

Biographical data:

2009-2013, Dr. phil., summa cum laude, Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin
2007-2008, M.A., with distinction, Political Studies, University of Otago
2003-2006, B.A. (Hons), First Class, Political Studies, University of Otago

Professional career:

2018-2019, Visiting Professor, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität – Universität der Bundeswehr, Hamburg, and Senior Research Fellow, GIGA, Hamburg
2013-2018, Research Fellow, Research Unit Global Governance, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
2018, Lecturer, Stanford University, Bing Overseas Study Program, Berlin
2016, Research Fellow, Berlin-Potsdam Research Group (KFG) “International Rule of Law—Rise or Decline?”
At the GIGA since October 2018; responsibilities: Senior Research Fellow
Member of GIGA Research Programme 4 Power and Ideas
Member of GIGA Research Teams Power and Global Order, and Ideas and Agency


European International Studies Association
European Political Science Association
International Studies Association
Wikimedia Deutschland

Politik internationaler Organisationen, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, 2018
Europa in der Welt, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, 2018
Außenpolitik und internationale Kooperation, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, 2018
Berlin Lessons: International Relations on Site, Stanford University, Berlin, 2018
Rising Powers and the Analysis of Speech in International Politics, Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences, 2017 and 2018
Political Economy of Rising Powers, Charles University, Czech Republic
Rising Powers and International Organizations, Universität Potsdam
Rising Powers and the New World Order, Freie Universität Berlin
Political Economy of Globalisation, Freie Universität Berlin

Lectures and presentations (selection):
Rising Powers and the Future of Global Governance, Department of International Relations, Charles University, Prague, 12 November 2015
Contested World Orders, GIGA, 16 July 2014

Publications (selection):
Michal Parizek and Matthew Stephen (2020) The Increasing Representativeness of International Organizations’ Secretariats: Evidence from the United Nations System, 1997-2015. International Studies Quarterly, 17 Dec 2020.
Matthew Stephen (2020) China’s New Multilateral Institutions: A Framework and Research Agenda. International Studies Review, 08 Oct 2020.
Michal Parizek and Matthew Stephen (2020) The Long March through the Institutions: Emerging Powers and International Organizations’ Secretariats. Cooperation and Conflict, 19 Oct 2020.
Matthew Stephen and Kathrin Stephen (2020) The Integration of Rising Powers into Club Institutions: China and the Arctic Council. Global Policy, 11(S3): 51-60.
Matthew D. Stephen. 2018. “Will International Institutions Fail Again? International Power Shifts and the Future of Global Cooperation.” Finnish Institute of International Affairs Briefing Paper, No. 249. URL:
Matthew Stephen and Michael Zürn (Eds.) Contested World Orders: Rising Powers, Non-state Actors and the Politics of Authority Beyond the Nation-State. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
Michal Parìzek and Matthew Stephen. Forthcoming. The Representation of BRICS in Global Economic Governance: Reform and Fragmentation of Multilateral Institutions. In BRICS and the Global Economy, edited by Soo Yeon Kim, World Scientific Publishing.
Matthew Stephen and Michal Parízek. 2018. New Powers and the Distribution of Preferences in Global Economic Governance: From Deadlock and Drift to Fragmentation. New Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2018.1509065 .
Matthew Stephen. 2018. Legitimacy in Time: Institutional Design, Legitimacy Drift and Decoupling at the UN Security Council. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 31(1), pp. 96-121.
Matthew Stephen. 2017. Emerging Powers and Emerging Trends in Global Governance. Global Governance, 23(3), pp. 483-502.
Matthew Stephen. 2015. ‘Can You Pass the Salt?’ The Legitimacy of International Institutions and Indirect Speech. European Journal of International Relations, 21(4), pp. 768-792.
Matthew Stephen. 2014. Rising Powers, Global Capitalism, and Liberal Global Governance: A historical materialist account of the BRICS challenge. European Journal of International Relations, 20(4), pp. 912–938.
Matthew Stephen. 2012. Rising Regional Powers and International Institutions: The Foreign Policy Orientations of India, Brazil and South Africa. Global Society, 26(3), pp. 289-309.
Matthew Stephen. 2011. Globalisation and Resistance: Struggles Over Common Sense in the Global Political Economy. Review of International Studies, 37(1), pp. 209-228.
Michael Zürn and Matthew Stephen. 2010. The View of Old and New Powers on the Legitimacy of International Institutions. Politics, 30(S1), pp. 91-101.

Current research:
Non-liberal international orders
Power shifts and international institutions
Legitimacy of international organizations
Third-party funded projects:

Global Bureaucracy: The Politics of International Organizations’ Staffing, together with Michal Parízek, Czech Science Foundation, 2016-2018
Contested World Orders, Leibniz Competition, 2012 – 2016

Susanne Latzel

(040) 6541-2954
Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften

Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg



Dr. Christoph Harig

Research assistant from 04.2018 – 09.2021


Dr. Delf Rothe

Interim Professor from 04.2020 – 09.2020


Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi

Professor from 12.2016 – 03.2020 
To April 1, 2020, she switched to the W3 professorship for political science with a focus on international relations at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.


Dr. Matthew D. Stephen

Interim Professor from 10.2018 – 09.2019

Dipl.-Pol. Cordula Tibi-Weber

Research assistant from 2017 – 2018

Dr. Jorge F. Garzón

Research assistant from 09.2017 – 03.2018 

Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

Interim Professor from 10.2014 – 09.2015


Letzte Änderung: 17. January 2022