Alumni Associate Postdoc Fellow

Dr Mathieu Rousselin

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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47059 Duisburg

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Mathieu Rousselin is from 1 December 2015 to March 2016 guest researcher for the research project 'From Dialogue to Cooperation' in Duisburg. The project, that is jointly supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, is part of the ifa-research programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy'.

Research Project at the Centre

From Dialogue to Cooperation

Whether 'dialogue at eye level' or 'partnership among equals' – the vocabulary of the Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy suggests that cooperation is only legitimate if shielded from power relations. Drawing from critical and postcolonial theories, this study investigates whether international cooperation can be legitimised even when it involves a degree of structural asymmetry among participants. To this end, the project reflects on the possibility of a paradigm shift from dialogue to cooperation. While one enters into a dialogue to make one’s position clear and to better understand the position of the other party, cooperation involves another layer of complexity from the perspective of collective action given the necessity to reach a common position. Cooperation therefore requires both a linguistic-conceptual and a scientific-technical agreement on the possible causes of complex phenomena, which creates plenty of occasions for arm-twisting. This asymmetry may however lead to effective problem-solving and generate emancipatory effects.

Research Interests

  • Legitimacy in global environmental governance
  • Role of policy networks and expert committees
  • Interplay between power, resistance and violence
  • Critical theory, post-structuralism and post-Marxism
  • Religion and politics, esp. "post-Islamism"
  • MENA region after the 'Arab Spring' with a focus on Tunisia and Turkey
  • Frames, narratives and stories
  • Documentary movies

Current Projects

  • From Dialogue to Cooperation?
  • Power, Resistance and the Possibility of Nonviolence
  • Nonviolent Resistance and Democratic Consolidation
  • Sovereignty in the Age of Experts
  • Legitimation in Global Environmental Governance


Since 09/2015 Faculty of Philosophy, University of Passau, Germany
Lecturer in International Relations
Since 09/2015 Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Lecturer in Political Science
08/2015-11/2015 Institute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen
DFG-Research Project 'Non-Violent Resistance and Democratic Consolidation'
Postdoctoral Researcher
2013-2014 Institute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen
Chair of International Relations and Development Policy
Lecturer in International Relations
2013-2014 Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen
Postdoc Fellow
Research Projects 'Securing Consent in Global Environmental Governance' & 'Tunisia as a Democratisation Laboratory'
Since 06/2011 Universities of Tunis and Sousse, Tunisia
DAAD Research Group 'Tunisia in Transition'
Board Member and Lecturer in Political Science
08/2008-12/2012 University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
PhD Programme in International Affairs and Political Economy
Ph.D. thesis 'What's Behind the Choice for Europe? The worldwide transfer of European rules, standards and policies'
Academic Assistant, Chair of European Politics (Prof. D. Lehmkuhl)
Researcher, Centre for Governance and Culture in Europe
05/2008-04/2011 Chios Institute for Mediterranean Affairs, Greece and Turkey
Co-founder and Academic Coordinator
08/2007-07/2008 College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
Department of European Political and Administrative Studies
Teaching and Research Assistant
2006-2007 College of Europe, Poland
Master in European Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies


Rousselin, Mathieu (forthcoming): 'In the Name of Allah and of the Market: the capitalist leanings of Tunisian Islamists', in: Science and Society.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2015): ‘Power, Resistance and the Possibility of Nonviolence’, in: Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory 43 (3-4): 501–19.

Rousselin, Mathieu / Smith, Cristopher (eds.) (2015): The Tunisian Constitutional Process. Key actors and main issues, Global Dialogues 7, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2015): 'Is religion truly the main source of cleavage in the Tunisian party landscape?' in: Rousselin / Smith (eds.), The Tunisian Constitutional Process. Key actors and main issues, Global Dialogues 7, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, 36–45.

Rousselin, Mathieu / Smith, Cristopher (2015): 'Religion and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia', in: Rousselin / Smith (eds.), The Tunisian Constitutional Process. Key actors and main issues, Global Dialogues 7, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, 7–10.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2015): 'The Power of Legitimation: The Role of Expert Networks in Global Environmental Governance', in: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, published online 17 July.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2014): Widerstand. Aktuelle Texte und Filme der französischen Kapitalismuskritik, Westfälisches Dampfboot, Münster.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2014): 'Fear of the Dark: The Construction of ‘Insecurity’ and its Political Consequences', in: Markus Böckenförde (ed.), A Multi-disciplinary Mosaic: Reflections on International Security and Global Cooperation, Global Dialogues 4, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, 80–87.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2014): 'Modern communication technologies and the extension of the territory of struggle: Conceptualising Tunisia's jasmine revolution', in: New Media and Society, published online 15 October.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2014): 'Constraint and consent in the transfer of European rules: the case of China', in: European Foreign Affairs Review 19(1): 121–40.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2014): 'Les Territoires du Forum Social Mondial de Tunis : carnet d'un participant', in: Multitudes 55, Mineure Les nouvelles énonciations collectives.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2014): 'Internet, redes sociales y plataformas colectivas: ¿Nuevos territorios del cambio social? El caso de las protestas anti-autoritarias en Túnez', in: J. Elvert and E. Moradiellos (eds.), Memoria e identidad del Mediterráneo. Las relaciones exteriores y políticas de la Unión Europea y la cooperación en el Mediterráneo, Cuadernos de Yuste 8, 197–212.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2013): What’s Behind the Choice for Europe? The transfer of European rules, standards and policies towards powerful third countries and towards international organisations, Difo, Bamberg.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2013): 'Der Besuch eines Freundes: Erdo?ans Reise nach Tunis und ihre Rezeption durch die Ennahda', in: WeltTrends, Zeitschrift für internationale Politik 90 (Mai/Juni): 49–57.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2013): 'Editorial: Strategic Depth through Soft Power: The Domestic Production and International Projection of Turkish Culture', in: Euxeinos. Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region 10: 3–5.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2013): 'Turkish Soap Power: International Perspectives and Domestic Paradoxes', in: Euxeinos. Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region 10: 14–20.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2012): 'But Why Would They Do That? European External Governance and Domestic Preferences of Rule Importers', in: Journal of Contemporary European Research 8(4): 470–89.

Rousselin, Mathieu (2012): 'The EU as a multilateral rule exporter: The global transfer of European rules via international organisations', KFG Working Papers Series 48, Kolleg-Forschergruppe “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • The European Union's Support to Transition Processes in Central and Eastern Europe: Lessons for the Arab World – B.A. and M.A. levels, Universities of Tunis I, Tunis II, La Manouba and Carthage
  • The European / Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union – M.A.S. level, College of Europe
  • Essential readings in EU studies (tutorial series for the course “Politics and Policies of the EU”) – M.A.S. level, College of Europe
  • Theories of International Law – M.A. level, University of St. Gallen
  • Teaching Assistant Interdisziplinärer Kernkurs: Politikfelder der EU: Mitgliedstaatliche Kompetenzen, Europäisierung und Globalisierung – Prof. D. Lehmkuhl (M.A. level)

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • New Media and Society
  • Governance and Regulation
  • International Political Science Review
  • Émulations
  • Swiss Political Science Review
  • DAAD research group 'Tunisia in Transition'

Seminars and Conferences

  • DVPW Congress 'Vorsicht Sicherheit! Legitimationsprobleme der Ordnung von Freiheit', September 2015, Duisburg
  • Research Colloquium, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, March 2013 & January 2014
  • Workshop 'Towards a better understanding of complexity in global cooperation', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, August 2013
  • Workshop 'Democratic Interventionism and Local Legitimacy', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, May 2013
  • Workshop 'Wikipedia, Wikileaks, Facebook: successful examples of global cooperation', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, May 2013
  • Workshop 'Culture, Life and Critique', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, April 2013
  • Workshop 'Entangled Categories? Shame, Moral Sentiments and the Visual', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, March 2013
  • Dépasser Nos Frontières et L'Euro-Méditerranée, Paris, February 2013
  • Research Colloquium, Paris-La Sorbonne, February 2013
  • Workshop 'Rethinking the Westphalian Frame', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, February 2013
  • Workshop 'Concepts of Culture', Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, February 2013
  • Research Colloquium, Hildesheim, December 2012
  • Networked Learning in Transnational Governance, Warwick (2012)
  • 16th Berlin Roundtables on Dynamics of Political Change, Berlin (2012)
  • ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, Exeter (2012)
  • Annual Congress of the Swiss Political Science Association, Luzern (2012)
  • Netzwerk Weimarer Dreieck, Genshagen (2012)
  • Research seminar, St. Gallen (2011/2012)
  • Euro-Mediterranean Forum for Young Researchers, Istanbul (2011)
  • Euro-Mediterranean on Cultural Diplomacy, Rhodes Island (2010)


  • Postdoctoral research grant awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2013)
  • Research allowance awarded by the Centre for Governance and Culture in Europe to conduct field research in Tunisia (2012)
  • European Research and Mobility Grant “Charles V – Javier Solana” awarded by the Yuste Foundation (2011)
  • Grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to teach a one-week block seminar on applied political science in Tunisia (2011)
  • Joint grant awarded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, the Institut Français des Relations Internationales and the Robert Bosch Foundation to take part in the Zukunftsdialog (2010)

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