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Dr. Sören Stapel


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Dr. Sören Stapel joined the Chair for Multi-Level Governance (Prof. Dr. Diana Panke) in December 2019. He is leading the project “Overlapping Regionalism in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe Compared”, which is funded by the German Research Council (DFG).

Dr. Stapel studied political science at Freie Universität Berlin and Université de Montréal with a specialization in International Relations and Comparative Regionalism. Previously, he was a research associate at the Research College (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe?” and the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at Freie Universität Berlin. In 2016, he defended his PhD thesis on diffusion processes between regional organizations in the area of democracy, human rights, and rule of law promotion and protection (summa cum laude). Afterwards, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg in the project “External Funding of Regional Organizations in Africa – What works, and why?“ (EFRO), funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). In the academic year 2018-19, he served as the interim Chair for International Organizations and Globalization at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.


Between 2018 and 2021, Dr. Stapel served as a co-spokesperson of Standing Group on European Studies and Comparative Regionalism (AKER) of the German Political Science Association (DVPW). Previously, he was one of the coordinators of the DVPW’s thematic group on comparative regionalism between 2015 and 2018.

Research interests

  • international organizations and global governance
  • comparative regionalism
  • norm and policy diffusion
  • overlapping regionalism and regime complexity
  • financing of international and regional organizations
  • democracy, human rights and the rule of law
  • development policy
  • regional focus: Europe, Africa




Articles (with peer review)


Book chapters
  • Sören Stapel (forthcoming) "Transnational Actors and International Organizations". In: Katja Freistein, Julia Leininger, Simone Weinlich (eds.) Handbook of International Organizations: Theories, Concepts and Empirical Insights. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Diana Panke, Sören Stapel (forthcoming) "Multi-level Governance". In: Phillippe De Lombaerde (ed.) Handbook on Regional Cooperation and Integration. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Diana Panke, Sören Stapel (forthcoming) "North America in the world: Comparative regional dynamism in the 21st century". In: Eric Hershberg, Tom Long (eds.) North America: Stagnation, Decline or Renewal? Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.
  • Fredrik Söderbaum, Sören Stapel (2022) "Regionalism in Africa". In Jürgen Rüland, Astrid Carrapatoso (eds.) Handbook on Global Governance and Regionalism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 218-229.
  • Fredrik Söderbaum, Sören Stapel (2022) "External Actors and Security Regionalism in Africa: A New Dataset on External Funding". In: Johannes Muntschick (ed.) New Regionalism and External Partnerships in the Global South. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 61-80.
  • Sören Stapel, Fredrik Söderbaum (2020): "Mapping and problematizing external funding to the African Union and Regional Economic Communities". In: Ulf Engel, Frank Mattheis (eds.) The Polical Economy of Regional Security Organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America: Follow the Money. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 112-115.
  • Tanja A. Börzel, Sören Stapel (2015): "A Global Script in Regional Colours: Mapping Governance Transfer by Twelve Regional Organizations”. In: Tanja A. Börzel, Vera van Hüllen (eds.) Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations: Patching Together a Global Script. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 22-48.
  • Veronika Kirschner, Sören Stapel (2012): "Does regime type matter? Regional integration from the nation states' perspectives in ECOWAS”. In: Tanja A. Börzel, Lukas Goltermann, Mathis Lohaus, Kai Striebinger (eds.) Roads to Regionalism. Genesis, Design, and Effects of Regional Organizations. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 141-157.


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