Mattheis, Frank

Associate Research Fellow
Research Interests 

Comparative regionalism (esp. Sub-Saharan Africa and South America)
Interregionalism (esp. Europe-Africa)
Finances of regionalism
Regionalism in relation to sovereignty and territoriality
Maritime regionalism

Biographical Statement 

Frank Mattheis is Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS, working on financial aspects of regionalism and contributing to the Regional Integration Knowledge System (RIKS 2.0). He is researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles, focusing on interregional relations between Europe and Africa.

Previously, he was senior research fellow at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he coordinated several research projects on the Atlantic as a regional social space (e.g. Atlantic Future). Prior, Frank Mattheis was senior research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies of the University of Leipzig (Germany), first on a project on “Changing Stateness in Africa”, and then on “New Regionalisms in a Changing Global Order: Mapping Latin America and Africa”.

He is trained in Global Studies and holds a MA from the Universities of Leipzig and Vienna and a Dr. phil. from the University of Leipzig. His doctoral thesis offers a conceptual framework to overcome Eurocentric theorising and Southern idiosyncrasy in the study of regionalisms.

Recent publications include an edited volume on The Finances of Regional Organisations in the Global South, a special issue on Broadening the debate on EU-Africa relations and a monograph on Fringe Regionalism.