Dr. Matthew D. Stephen

Portrait Foto Dr. Matthew D. Stephen (David Ausserhofer)
David Ausserhofer


+49 30 25491 342
matthew.stephen [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
B 318
Visiting Researcher of the Research Department

Research fields

International Relations
international institutions | rising powers | global political economy


since 04/2021
Principal Investigator of the DFG Heisenberg Project "China's Bid for Hegemony? China-led Multilateral Institutions and Social Purpose in Global Governance"

since 01/2013
Researcher in the research unit Global Governance

Interim Professor of International Political Economy, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Interim Professor of International Relations and Regional Governance, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg and Senior Research Fellow, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies Hamburg.

Research Fellow at the DFG Research Group "International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline?"

Visiting Scholar at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

WZB Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney

Doctoral degree, Department of Political Science, Free University of Berlin; Dissertation: "Pivotal Rising Powers: India, Brazil, South Africa and Contestation in Global Governance" (summa cum laude)

Duration: 01.04.2022–31.03.2027
Funding: Heisenberg Programme of the German Science Foundation (DFG)

Selected Publications

Stephen, Matthew D. (2024): "China and the Limits of Hypothetical Hegemony". In: Security Studies, Vol. 34, No. 1, S. 152-159.
Parizek, Michal/Stephen, Matthew D. (2021): "The Increasing Representativeness of International Organizations' Secretariats. Evidence from the United Nations System, 1997-2015". In: International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 1, S. 197-209. (vorab online publiziert 17.12.2020)
Parízek, Michal/Stephen, Matthew D. (2021): "The Long March through the Institutions. Emerging Powers and the Staffing of International Organizations". In: Cooperation and Conflict - Journal of the Nordic International Studies Association, Vol. 56, No. 2, S. 204-223. (vorab online publiziert 19.10.2020)
Stephen, Matthew D. (2021): "China's New Multilateral Institutions. A Framework and Research Agenda". In: International Studies Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, S. 807-834. (vorab online publiziert 08.10.2020)
Stephen, Matthew D./Stephen, Kathrin (2020): "The Integration of Emerging Powers into Club Institutions. China and the Arctic Council". In: Global Policy, Vol. 11, No. S3, Special Issue "Global Power Shifts: How do International Institutions Adjust?", edited by Andreas Kruck/Bernhard Zangl, S. 51-60.
Stephen, Matthew D./Parízek, Michal (2019): "New Powers and the Distribution of Preferences in Global Trade Governance. From Deadlock and Drift to Fragmentation". In: New Political Economy, Vol. 24, No. 6, S. 735-758. (vorab online publiziert 14.08.2018)
Stephen, Matthew D./Skidmore, David (2019): "The AIIB in the Liberal International Order". In: The Chinese Journal of International Politics, Vol. 12, No. 1, S. 61-91.
Stephen, Matthew D./Zürn, Michael (Eds.) (2019): Contested World Orders. Rising Powers, Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Politics of Authority Beyond the Nation-State. Oxford/New York, NY: Oxford University Press, XIII, 393 S.
Stephen, Matthew D. (2018): "Legitimacy Deficits of International Organizations. Design, Drift, and Decoupling at the UN Security Council". In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 1, S. 96-121.
Stephen, Matthew D. (2017): "Emerging Powers and Emerging Trends in Global Governance". In: Global Governance - A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, Vol. 23, No. 3, S. 483-502.
Stephen, Matthew D. (2015): "'Can You Pass the Salt?'. The Legitimacy of International Institutions and Indirect Speech". In: European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 21, No. 4, S. 768-792. (vorab online publiziert 3. März 2015)
Stephen, Matthew D. (2014): "Rising Powers, Global Capitalism and Liberal Global Governance. A Historical Materialist Account of the BRICs Challenge". In: European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 20, No. 4, 21.05.2014, S. 912-938. (Vorab online publiziert 21. Mai 2014)
Stephen, Matthew D. (2012): "Rising Regional Powers and International Institutions. The Foreign Policy Orientations of India, Brazil and South Africa". In: Global Society, Vol. 26, No. 3, Special Issue "Regional Powers and Global Redistribution", S. 289-309.