Head of Research Unit 1 (on leave)

Dr Katja Freistein

Other Colleagues

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 196
47059 Duisburg

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-105
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: freistein@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de

Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • International Political Sociology
  • Global Inequality
  • International Organisations
  • Discourse Theory
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Development

Current Projects

  • The Reproduction of Global Inequalities in International Organisations, ongoing project; Publications and Workshops (with Caroline Fehl)
  • Global Inequality and Development, Publication and Workshop (with Bettina Mahlert)
  • The Semantics of Global Inequality in the World Bank and UNDP, Postdoc Project
  • Organising Fragmented Territoriality, Publications and Workshop in the Framework of EU Cost Action IS1003 (with Philip Liste)


02/2015-03/2015 Aarhus University, Denmark
Institute for Political Science and Government
Visiting Scholar
09/2011-03/2015 Bielefeld University, Germany
Collaborative Research Centre/SFB 882
Postdoctoral Researcher
04/2009-08/2011 Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Institute for Political Science
Research Associate
08/2003-03/2009 Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Programme Area 2: International Organisations and International Law
Research Associate / Ph.D. Candidate
02/2002-07/2003 University of Münster, Germany
Institute for Political Science
Research Assistant


Freistein, Katja / Mahlert, Bettina (2016). The Potential for Tackling Inequality in the Sustainable Development Goals, in: Third World Quarterly 37:12, 2139–55.

Freistein, Katja / Dany, Charlotte (2016). The Myth of Civil Society Participation in Global Governance, in: Bliesemann Guevara, Berit (ed.): Myths and Narratives in International Politics: An Interpretative Approach to Studying International Relations, London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 229–48.

Freistein, Katja / Mahlert, Bettina (2016). Ungleichheit in den Sustainable Development Goals: Das transformative Potential einer Idee, in: Sondermann, Elena / Philipp Lepenies (eds.): Globale politische Ziele. Bestandsaufnahme und Ausblick des Post-2015 Prozesses, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 61–80.

Freistein, Katja / Philip Liste (2016). Introduction: Organizing Fragmented Territoriality, in: Journal of International Relations and Development 19: 193–8.

Freistein, Katja / Philip Liste (eds.) (2016). Organizing Fragmented Territoriality, Special Issue, in: Journal of International Relations and Development 19.

Freistein, Katja / Julia Leininger (2016). Internationale Organisationen, in: Wichard Woyke/Johannes Varwick (eds.): Handwörterbuch Internationale Politik, 13th edition, Opladen/Toronto: utb, 197–208.

Freistein, Katja (2015). Effects of Indicator Use. A Comparison of Poverty Measuring Instruments at the World Bank, in: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. DOI:10.1080/13876988.2015.1023053 (Published online: 27 May 2015).

Freistein, Katja (2014). Die ASEAN-Sicherheitsgemeinschaft. Dekonstruktion und Rekonstruktion institutionellen Wandels, in: Eva Herschinger / Judith Renner (eds.), Diskursforschung in den Internationalen Beziehungen und der Europaforschung, Nomos Verlag, 97–129.

Freistein, Katja (2013). Gouvernementalität und Regionales Regieren: Konkurrierende Ordnungsvorstellungen in der ASEAN, in: Andreas Vasilache (ed.), Staat – Souveränität – Nation. Beiträge zur aktuellen Staatsdiskussion, Springer VS Verlag, 223–55.

Freistein, Katja (2013). "A Living Document": Promises of the ASEAN Charter, in: The Pacific Review 26 (4): 407–29.

Freistein, Katja (2012). Institutioneller Wandel im (Kon)Text. Sicherheitsgemeinschaft und Charta im Diskurs der ASEAN, Nomos Verlag.

Freistein, Katja / Philip Liste (2012). Organisation-im-Kommen: Intertextualer Institutionalismus in der Analyse von Weltorganisationen, in: Martin Koch (ed.), Weltorganisationen, Springer VS Verlag, 71–100.

Freistein, Katja (2011). Democracy, Regional Security Institutions, and Rivalry Mitigation: Evidence From Europe, South America, and Asia, in: Security Studies 20 (3): 378–415 (with Brigitte Weiffen, Matthias Dembinski, Andreas Hasenclever, Makiko Yamauchi).

Freistein, Katja / Julia Leininger (eds.) (2011). Internationale Organisationen. Lehr- und Handbücher der Politikwissenschaft, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag.

Freistein, Katja / Dirk Peters / Julia Leininger (2011). Einführung in die Theorien internationaler Organisationen, in: Katja Freistein / Julia Leininger (eds.), Internationale Organisationen. Lehr und Handbücher der Politikwissenschaft, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 3–28.

Freistein, Katja (2011). ASEAN, in: Internationale Organisationen. Lehr- und Handbücher der Politikwissenschaft, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 60–8.

Freistein, Katja (2011). An Introduction to the Analysis of Discourse in Civil-Military Relations Research, in: European Political Science 10, 167-176.

Freistein, Katja (2010). Indonesien-Malaysia und Malaysia-Singapur. Konfrontasi revisited?, in: Matthias Dembinski / Andreas Hasenclever (eds.), Die internationale Organisation des Demokratischen Friedens, Studien zur Leistungsfähigkeit regionaler Sicherheitsinstitutionen, Nomos Verlag, 87–118.

Freistein, Katja (2008). Beyond the Taboos? Chances and Limitations of the Asian-European Track II Dialogues, in: Jürgen Rüland et al. (eds.), Asian-European Relations. Building Blocks for Global Governance?, Routledge, 348–81.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Bielefeld University
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Goethe University Frankfurt
  • University of Münster

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Reviewer for International Political Sociology
  • Reviewer for Journal of Current East Asian Affairs
  • Reviewer for Journal of International Relations and Development
  • Reviewer for Review of International Studies
  • Reviewer for Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen
  • Country Expert for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (2008; 2010; 2012; 2014)
  • Consultance for the French Ministry of Defense

Seminars and Conferences

  • Organisation of the Workshop 'Inequalities and Global Institutional Order: The Case for a New Research Agenda', Frankfurt, 22–24 January 2015 (with Caroline Fehl; funded by the Thyssen Foundation)
  • Organisation of the Section 'Inequalities and Global Institutional Order', Pan-European Conference on International Relations, ECPR Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR), Warsaw, 18–21 September 2013 (with Caroline Fehl)
  • Organisation of the Workshop 'Global Inequalities and Development', Bielefeld, Germany, 7–8 February 2013 (with Martin Koch and Bettina Mahlert)
  • Organisation of the Workshop 'Organizing Fragmented Territoriality', Workshop for COST Action IS 1003, Hamburg, Germany, 15–17 November 2012 (with Philip Liste)
  • Organisation of the Section 'International Institutions, Global Politics, and Law', ECPR SGIR Conference, Stockholm, 9–11 September 2010, (with Philip Liste)
  • Organisation of the Young Scholars Meeting of Asian Studies, German Association for Asian Studies, Buchenau, Germany, 8–10 December 2006 (with Lydia Seibel)
  • Organisation of the Young Scholars Meeting of Asian Studies, German Association for Asian Studies, Höchst, Germany, 17–19 June 2005 (with Lydia Seibel)