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Dr. Sören Stapel


Freie Universität Berlin

Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science

Center for International Relations


Ihnestr. 22
Room 110
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Tuesdays from 16.30 - 17.30. Please register here.
Consultation hours take place irregularly during the semester break.

Dr. Sören Stapel joined the Center for International Relations in April 2024.  

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), and led the project “Overlapping Regionalism in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe Compared” between 2019 and 2023, which is funded by the German Research Council (DFG). He served as the interim Chair for International Organizations and Globalization at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in the academic year 2018-19 and as the interim Chair for Governance in Multilevel Systems at Freiburg University during summer term 2023. 

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 


Policy Reports