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Kilian Spandler

About Kilian Spandler

I am an International Relations researcher specializing in the role of regions in world politics. My expertise covers regional governance in Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia. My main research interests are:

  • The transformation of national sovereignty and its impact on transboundary cooperation in the Global South;
  • The role of populism in international cooperation;
  • Humanitarian action and disaster relief, especially on a regional level;
  • International norms and the ethics of global governance.

I am a co-author of Contestations of the Liberal International Order (Cambridge University Press, 2021), which analyzes the regional cooperation strategies of populist leaders around the world. In my first book, Regional Organizations in International Society (Palgrave Macmilla, 2018), I investigated the historical evolution of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU).

After obtaining my PhD from the University of Tübingen, Germany, in 2016, I worked as a Visiting Lecturer in International Relations at the Universities of Würzburg and Freiburg, before joining the School of Global Studies in 2017. During my time as a postdoctoral researcher, I held visiting positions at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia, and The New School in New York City, United States.

I teach and supervise at undergraduate and advanced levels, mainly in the subjects International Relations and Global Studies.

More information on my research is available on Researchgate and my personal website.