Mattheis, Frank

Associate Research Fellow
Research Interests 

Comparative regionalism (esp. Sub-Saharan Africa and South America)
Interregionalism (esp. Europe-Africa)
Budgets and development aid of regional organisations
Interplay of regionalism, sovereignty and territoriality
Maritime regionalism


PhD in Global Studies, University of Leipzig
MA in Global Studies, Universities of Vienna and Leipzig (double degree)

Biographical Statement 

Frank Mattheis is Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS, working on financial dimensions of regionalism and contributing to a project on multilateral partnerships for socio-economic recovery in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. He is based in Brussels as a researcher at the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles, where he teaches comparative regionalism and leads a project on relations between Europe and Africa.

Previously, Frank Mattheis was senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria, where he coordinated several research projects on the Atlantic as a regional social space. Prior to that, he was senior research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies of the University of Leipzig, i.a. for a project on mapping regionalism in Latin America and Africa.

In addition to his academic work, Frank Mattheis has also been a regular consultant for multilateral and regional cooperation. His tasks included background reports as well as strategy and programme evaluations, i.a. for the African Development Bank, the European Commission and the German Ministry for Development Cooperation.