Dr. Johannes Muntschick


Georg Forster-Building
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
55128 Mainz

Room: 04-317
Phone: 06131-39-29298
Email: muntschick@uni-mainz.de
Office hours: Tuesday 10-11h on prior appointment (during lecture period)


Current term

  1. Basissem Internationale Beziehungen
    Instructor: Dr. Johannes Muntschick; Lukas Spahlinger; Johanna Speyer; Dr. Doris Unger
  2. Sem (MA/MA-EU) Retreat of Multilateralism? The Crisis of the Liberal World Order and its Impact on Europe
    Instructor: Dr. Johannes Muntschick

SoSe 2023

At the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz:

At the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg:

Research Interests

• Theories of international relations

• International institutions and organisations

• Regional Integration and Governance in Europe and beyond, Regionalism and external Influence (focus: Global South)

• transnational conflicts and war economies

• Sub-Saharan Africa

• Foreign Policy and Security

Current Research

• Research in the field "Political-economy analysis" on "External governance of sector coupling" in the cluster project Clean Circles - Iron as energy carrier in a carbon neutral circular energy economy

• Research project on "National Policies and International Cooperation in global refugee crises" together with Dr. Natascha Zaun (LSE) and Dr. Mario Scharfbillig (EU Commission)

• Theory-building and empirical research under the topic "Regionalism in the Global South in Comparative Perspective"; the research focus is on the analysis of the (ambivalent) influence of regional key countries as well as extra-regional actors on the development and effectiveness of regional integration in the Global South.

• Theory-building in the thematic field "regionalism and external influence"

Research Project (Completed)

Dissertation thesis – Title: „Regionalism and External Influence: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the ambivalent Impact of the EU on Regional Integration“

Supervisor: Prof. T. Gehring, Prof. R. Zohlnhöfer and Prof. R. Münch

The PhD-thesis addressed from a political science’s perspective the question why states in southern Africa engage in regional cooperation and integration within the framework of the “Southern African Development Community” (SADC). This included research on the reasons for regional institution-building and finding explanations for the dynamics of the process of regional integration in SADC’s major policy/issue areas. The theory-driven analysis is based on cooperation theory in general and a slightly modified situation-structural approach (Zürn) in particular. The empirical work focussed on SADC’s most important policy areas and covered five case studies on institutionalised economic, security and infrastructure cooperation. Against the underlying structure of problematic situations in international relations, the thesis argues that not only aspects of intra-regional interdependence but furthermore extra-regional relations to external actors had a strong impact on SADC states’ preferences and their action in the regional integration process. This approach extends the scope of many 'mainstream' and Euro-centric integration theories because it takes the potential influence of external actors on a regional integration project in the Global South explicitly into account. The analysis came to the conclusion that not only the impact of the regional power South Africa but as well the influence of the region's most important (extra-regional) trading partners and donors – especially the EU – is of central relevance for the (future) success of this promising regional organisation.


Curriculum Vitae

• 04/2011 – today: Lecturer and research fellow at the Department of Political Science (International Politics) at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Coordinator of the Trinational MA "European Studies" (Europa Master) from 04/2011 – 04/2015

• 08/2021 – today: Member of the interdisciplinary research cluster project "Clean Circles - Iron as energy carrier in a carbon neutral circular energy economy"

• 2015 – 2018: Research Fellow in the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and TU Darmstadt

• 10/2017-03/2018: Contract lecturer at the Professorship of Comparative Public Policy (Prof. Thomas Rixen) at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• 09/2017: Guest Researcher at the 'School of Global Studies' at the University Gothenburg, Sweden

• 04/2017 – 09/2017: Deputy professorship of the Juniorprofesur for International and European Politics at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• 11/2015: Doctorate in Political Science (International Relations)

• 10/2007 – 04/2011: Contract lecturer at the Chair of International Relations at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Field research in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia (in 2007, 2008, 2010)

• 06/2007 – 12/2012: Member of the DFG Graduate College “Markets and Social Systems in Europe“ at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Degrees in Political Science (Diplom) and teaching profession (1. Staatsexamen) for Gymnasium (German/History/Social Science) at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Military service


Awards and scholarships

06/2007 – 06/2010: Doctoral Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as member of the DFG-Graduate College “Markets and Social Systems in Europe” at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

Scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for:

  • a semester abroad at the University of Namibia
  • field research for the degree thesis in Namibia
  • field research for the PhD thesis in South Africa and Botswana
  • congress in Cambridge, UK
  • congress in Brussels, Belgium
  • congress in Atlanta, USA
  • congress in San Francisco, USA


Memberships / Activities

• German Political Science Association (DVPW), Section “International Relations“

• University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

• European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA)

• German-Namibian Society e.V.

• Alumni Netzwerk Subsahara Afrika (ANSA) e.V.

• Contact member of the DAAD-Freundeskreis e.V. in Bamberg

• Bamberger Absolventen des Diplomstudiengangs Politikwissenschaft BAD e.V.



Monographs & Editions

Muntschick, J. (Ed.) (2022): Regionalism in Africa and External Partners. Uneven Relationships and (Un)Intended Effects. Cham: Palgrave.

Muntschick, J. (2018): "The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU). Regionalism and External Influence." Cham: Palgrave.


Journals and Book Chapters (peer reviewed)

Muntschick, J. (2020): "Regional Economic Integration in the Southern African Development Community (SADC): Analysing the Dynamics and Performance", In: Vestnik RUDN. International Relations, 20:2, 333-346.

Muntschick, J. (2017): „The Impact of Regionalism on Democracy Building: An examination of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)”. In: Ngwainmbi, E. K. (Ed.): Citizenship, Democracies, and Media Engagement among Emerging Economies and Marginalized Communities. Cham: Palgrave. 55-80.

Muntschick. J. (2016): "SADC – Extra-Regional Trade Relations Constrain Deeper Market Integration", In: Krapohl, S. (Ed.): Regional Integration in the Global South: External Influence on Economic Cooperation in ASEAN, MERCOSUR and SADC. Cham: Palgrave. 179-207.

Muntschick, J. with Krapohl, S. and Meissner, K. (2014): “Regional Powers as Leaders or Rambos? The Ambivalent Behaviour of Brazil and South Africa in Regional Economic Integration”, In: Journal of Common Market Studies, 52:4, 879-895.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Regionalismus und Externer Einfluss: Stört die Europäische Union die Regionale Marktintegration im Südlichen Afrika?”, In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 54:4, 686-713.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Regional Energy Cooperation in SADC: Is the Southern African Power Pool currently powered by External Funding?”, In: du Pisani, A., Erasmus, G. und Hartzenberg, T. (Eds.): Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa. Yearbook 2012. Stellenbosch: Trade Law Centre (tralac). 113-137.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Explaining the influence of extra-regional actors on regional economic integration in Southern Africa: the EU’s interfering impact on SADC and SACU”, In: Lorenz-Carl, U. and Rempe, M. (Eds.): Mapping Agency. Comparing Regionalisms in Africa. Farnham: Ashgate. 77-95.

Muntschick, J. (2010): “Offene Kriegsökonomien als Triebfedern für langanhaltende Bürgerkriege in Entwicklungsländern: Von Coltan und Blutdiamanten in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo und in Liberia“, In: Friedenswarte, 85, 1-2, 73-89.

Muntschick, J. (2008): “The ‘Great War’ in Liberia as a Classic Example for Persistent Armed Conflict and War Economies in Africa”, In: Colombia Internacional, No. 67, 38-59.


Other Publications in Journals and Edited volumes

Book Review "Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations. Patching Together a Global Script", edited by Tanja A. Börzel and Vera van Hüllen (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2016). Volume 54, Number 5. 1253.

Book Review “Rescaling the European State – The Making of Territory and the Rise of the Meso” by M. Keating (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2015). Volume 53, Number 3. 697-698.

Muntschick, J. (2012): “Theorising Regionalism and External Influence: A Situation-structural Approach“. Mainz Papers on International and European Politics, 2012/02. Mainz:
Chair of International Relations, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.

Book Review "The European Union and Interregionalism: Patterns of Engagement" by M. Doidge (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2012). Volume 50, Number 5. 856.

Muntschick, J. mit Krapohl, S. (2009): "Two Logics of Regionalism: The Importance of Interdependence and External Support for Regional Integration in Southern Africa". In: Kaunda, J. M. & Zizhou, F. (Eds.): Furthering Southern African Integration. Proceedings of the 2008 FOPRISA Annual Conference. Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis. Gaborone, 2009. 3-17.

Muntschick, J. (2005): “Internationale Kooperation bei der Terrorbekämpfung”, In: Derlien, H.-U., Frank, S., Lang, F. (Eds.): Terrorismus und Terrorismusbekämpfung. OPUS Bamberg. 203-224. (urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus-734). http://www.opus-bayern.de/uni-bamberg/volltexte/2005/73/


Selected Conference- and Working Papers

Plank, F. & Muntschick, J. (2022): "The discursive practices on hydrogen in the European Union (EU)". Paper for the ECPR Conference, Section of the Standing Group on Energy Politics, Policy, and Governance, in Innsbruck.

Plank, F., Muntschick, J. & Knodt, M. (2022): "The discourse on hydrogen in the European Union (EU)". Paper for the UACES Annual Conference 2022 in Lille.

Plank, F. & Muntschick, J. (2022): "The Performance of Regionalism in the Global South: Conceptual Challenges and Empirical Evidence". Paper for the annual congress of the DVPW-sub-section 'Europa- und Regionalismusforschung' (AKER) in Berlin.

Muntschick, J. (2021): "Cooperation and Conflict: Predicting Conflict Escalation
in ‘Rambo’-Situations in International Relations". Paper for the Workshop 'Predicting Conflict' of the Kompetenzzentrum Krisenfrüherkennung (KompZ KFE) of the University of the Bundeswehr

Muntschick, J. (2021): "Summit Diplomacy in Regional Integration Organizations in Africa:
Setting the Stage for Authoritarian States?". Paper for the DVPW-Conference (Panel on 'Regionalorganisationen und Autokratisches Regieren').

Muntschick, J. (2019): "Fragile Regionalisms and the Ambivalent Impact of External Donors on Sovereignty: A View on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)”. Paper for the 5th Joint Nordic Conferences on Development Research (NorDev) in Copenhagen.

Gues lecture on “Deutschland, Europa und die Welt - Auswirkungen der internationalen Veränderungen auf die deutsche Politik” at the K.St.V. von Ketteler, Mainz (June 2019).

Muntschick, J. (2019): “The ambivalent Impact of external Actors on the Legitimacy and Effectiveness of Regionalism in sub-Saharan Africa: A view on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)”. Paper for the annual workshop of the Arbeitskreis ‘Europa und Regionalismus-Forschung’ (AKER) of the DVPW in Magdeburg.

Guest lecture on "Globalisation, Regionalism and Brexit: What Impact on Africa and SADC?” at the University of Botswana in Gaborone (April 2019).

Guest lecture on “Regionalism in sub-Saharan Africa” an der United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht (February 2019).

Muntschick, J., Scharfbillig, M. & Zaun, N. (2018): “Responsibility-sharing in the Area of Refugee Protection: A Mission Impossible?”. Paper for the DVPW Jahreskongress in Frankfurt.

Muntschick, J. (2018): “The Benefit of Regionalism for Fragile Member States: Do external Actors matter?”. Konferenzpapier für die Development Research Conference (DEVRES) in Göteborg.

Gues lecture on “Regionalism in Southern Africa and the ambivalent Role of Regional Hegemons and External Actors” at the Hochschule Rhein-Waal in Kleve (June 2018).

Muntschick, J., Stapel, S. & Söderbaum, F. (2018): "External Support to Regional Integration Organisations in Africa - What Works, Why and For Whom?”. Paper for the conference "The European Union in International Affairs" (EUIA) in Brüssel.

Muntschick, J. (2018): "External Support to Regional Integration Organisations and its Effect on Governance Performance in weak and fragile Member States”. Conference paper for rhe ISA Annual Convention in San Francisco.

TV-Interview with Südwestrundfunk (SWR) on „Nukleare Gefahr" (January 2018).