Dr. Anja Menzel

Dr. Anja Menzel Photo: FernUniversität


As of 2019 Research fellow at the Chair for International Politics, FernUniversität in Hagen
2014 - 2018 Research assistant, Chair for International Relations and Regional Studies, University of Greifswald
2014 - 2019 Doctoral studies, University of Greifswald; Dissertation: “Sailing the Waters of Institutional Complexity – State-to-State Cooperation on the Combat of Maritime Piracy”
2013 Degree in Political Science (Diplom), University of Bamberg
2006 - 2013 Major Political Science, Minor Adult Education, University of Bamberg and Keele University (UK)

Research Focus

  • Regime complexes
  • Ocean governance and maritime security
  • Development funding and the Blue Economy


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Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • (2023) (with Susanne Lütz) Internationale Organisationen. Konzepte, Theorien und Fallbeispiele. Springer. [Link] https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-658-39371-7
  • (2019) Sailing the Waters of Institutional Complexity. State-to-State Cooperation on the Combat of Piracy. Dissertation. Universität Greifswald.

Journal articles

  • (2022*) Fragmentation or Effective Governance? The Regime Complex of Counter‐Piracy in Asia. Politics and Governance 10(3), 80-89. [Open Access]
  • (2020) (with Sebastian Knecht and Christoph Humrich) Zur Relevanz von Polar- und Meerespolitik. Ein Bericht zur Gründung der Themengruppe „Polar- und Meerespolitik“ der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft. Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 13(1), 89-94. [Open Access]
  • (2018*) “Institutional Adoption and Maritime Crime Governance: the Djibouti Code of Conduct”. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 14(2), 152-169. [Available at Taylor and Francis]

Chapters in edited volumes

  • (2023) Theorien internationaler Organisationen. In: Lütz, Susanne und Menzel, Anja (eds.): Internationale Organisationen. Konzepte, Theorien und Fallbeispiele. Springer, 33-68. [Link]
  • (2023) (mit Susanne Lütz) Empirie und Theorie internationaler Organisationen in einer sich verändernden Weltordnung. In: Lütz, Susanne und Menzel, Anja (Hg.): Internationale Organisationen. Konzepte, Theorien und Fallbeispiele. Springer, 293-306 . [Link]
  • (2022*) Maritime Security and the Blue Economy. In: Bosilca, Ruxandra-Laura, Ferreira, Susana und Ryan, Barry (eds.): Routledge Handbook of Maritime Security. Routledge. [Link]
  • (2020*) (with Lisa Otto) Connecting the Dots: Implications of the Intertwined Global Challenges to Maritime Security. In: Otto, Lisa (ed.): Global Challenges in Maritime Security. An Introduction, 229-243. Springer.

Policy papers

  • (2020) Regional Maritime Security Governance and the Challenges of State Cooperation on Piracy. Center for International Maritime Security. [Available here]
  • (2017) Piraterie in der Straße von Malakka – Erfolgreiche Kooperation zwischen den Anrainerstaaten? In: Pawlak, Julian (ed.): „Der Dreizack gehört in unsere Faust” - Marinestrategien in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft. Institut für Sicherheitspolitik (ISPK) at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 38-44. [Available at Researchgate]

(*peer reviewed)

Working Papers (Selection)

  • (2022) "Sustainability and the Sea", Offene Tagung zur Polar- und Meerespolitik der Themengruppe 'Polar- und Meerespolitik' der DVPW, 24. - 25. Februar (mit Lisa Otto)
  • (2021) "Maritime Security and the Blue Economy. A Research Agenda", 14. Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA), 13. - 17. September
  • (2020) „Constructing Maritime Spaces: Territorial Practices of Piracy Governance in the Strait of Malacca“, Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion ‚Internationale Beziehungen‘ der DVPW, 7.-9. October
  • (2018) “The Effectiveness of Regional Maritime Crime Governance: Comparing Institutional Designs”, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference in Hamburg, 22.-25. August
  • (2017) “Institutional Choices: Counter-Piracy Cooperation in Southeast Asia”, 11. Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA) in Barcelona, 13.-16. September
  • (2016) “Institutional Choices under a Regime Complex: The Case of Counter-Piracy in Southeast Asia”, New Voices in Piracy Studies Workshop der Cardiff University, 28.-29. April
  • (2015) “Do Regional Organizations Matter? An Institutionalist Approach to Counter-Piracy”, 9. Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA) in Giardini-Naxos, 23.-26- September

Guest Lectureships

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09/2018 Guest lectureship at Vietnam National University, Hanoi

03/2017 Guest lectureship at Latvian University, Riga

Service to the Department

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as of 10/2019 Speaker, DVPW standing group („Themengruppe“) Polar and Ocean Politics

03/2015 – 09/2018 Affirmative Action Officer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Greifswald

03/2017 – 07/2018 Mentor for female graduates interested in pursuing an academic career, University of Greifswald

04/2014 – 10/2017 Advisor on internship matters, Department of Political Science, University of Greifswald