Frank Mattheis

Senior Research Fellow


Frank Mattheis became Senior Researcher at GovInn in 2014. His work is driven by an interest in new governance structures beyond the nation state, chiefly in relation to regionalism. In the academic year 2017/18, he is visiting researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

Frank Mattheis

Frank Mattheis

Previously at GovInn, he coordinated a work package for the ATLANTIC FUTURE  FP7-project. Prior, Frank was senior research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies of the University of Leipzig (Germany). In 2011 and 2012, he was part of the research team on “Changing Stateness in Africa”, working on the interplay between Brazilian development models and Ghanaian partners. In 2013 and 2014, he worked for the research project on “New Regionalisms in a Changing Global Order: Mapping Latin America and Africa”.

Frank is trained in Global Studies with a M.A. 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.

Frank speaks French, German, English, Spanish and Italian. Wherever in the world he travels to, he always brings his running gear with him.

Research interests

  • Transboundary Governance
  • Comparative regionalism
  • Interregionalism
  • The finances of regionalism
  • Negotiations of sovereignty and territoriality
  • The Atlantic as a social space
  • Sub-Saharan Africa and South America

Completed projects

2013-2015 – Atlantic Future: Towards an Atlantic area? Mapping trends, perspectives and interregional dynamics amongst Europe, Africa and the Americas 

2015-2016 – ZOPACAS at 30: Its formation, potential and limitations



Twitter: @frankmattheis

Telephone: 0027-12-420-5150