Frank Mattheis

Research Associate


Frank Mattheis is a research associate in the Department of Political Sciences and GovInn at the University of Pretoria since July 2020. He is a researcher at the  Institute for European Studies  at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and an associate research fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

Frank Mattheis

Frank Mattheis

At GovInn, he contributes to research on relations between the European Union and African regionalisms. In particular, he co-leads the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA- SSA) and co-coordinates a project on Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies (DIMES) with UACES.

Previously at GovInn, Frank was senior researcher and principal investigator for various externally funded projects. He holds a Dr. phil. from the University of Leipzig and his work is driven by an interest in governance structures beyond the nation state.

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

2016-2018 European Union – Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order (ERGO)

2016-2019 Futures of EU-Africa relations: Lessons from scenario-building (FEARLESS)

2017-2019 Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies



Twitter: @frankmattheis