• 2018 Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, U.K.
  • 2009 M.A. in International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 M.A. in Political Science, Economics and Modern History, University of Trier, Germany
  • 2006 B.A. in Social Science (major: Political Science), Lund University, Sweden (after a study exchange year in 2004–05)



My research examines the politics of global governance with a growing focus on global sustainability governance. Over time, my initial interest in global economic governance has evolved into a more encompassing perspective on the intersections between some of the most pressing economic, social and ecological questions of our time.

Within this remit, I currently investigate how transnational actors navigate the uneasy relationship between the norm of economic growth and sustainability objectives. This entry point allows me to revisit topical questions surrounding (post-)growth from a distinct global governance angle. Driven by an acute personal concern over the intensifying climate, biodiversity, plastics and other ecological crises of planetary scale, I aspire to conduct practically relevant research into socio-ecological transformations and, ultimately, to strengthen the case for ambitious global sustainability governance.

Striving for pluralism and interdisciplinarity, I seek to integrate insights from different fields (such as International Relations, International Political Economy, sociology, ecological economics or sustainability transitions); combine different theoretical perspectives (such as constructivism and performativity approaches); and triangulate desk- and field-based methods (interviews, document analysis, participant observation, network analysis). My varied work on sustainability issues, international organisations, quantification and anticipation has been published in various disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.

Key Publications

Berten, John & Matthias Kranke (2022) ‘Anticipatory Global Governance: International Organisations and the Politics of the Future.’ Global Society 36(2): 155–169.

Kranke, Matthias (2022) ‘Tomorrow’s Debt, Today’s Duty: Debt Sustainability as Anticipatory Global Governance.’ Global Society 36(2): 223–239.

Kranke, Matthias (2022) ‘Exclusive expertise: the boundary work of international organizations.’ Review of International Political Economy 29(2): 453–476.

Kranke, Matthias (2022) ‘Pathologies of a Different Kind: Dysfunctional Interactions between International Organizations.’ Global Studies Quarterly 2(1): ksab038 (open access).

Kranke, Matthias & Svenja Quitsch (2021) ‘International organisations in global sustainability transitions.’ Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 41: 49–51.

Kranke, Matthias (2020) ‘IMF-World Bank Cooperation Before and After the Global Financial Crisis.’ Global Policy 11(1): 15–25 (open access).

Kranke, Matthias, and David Yarrow (2019) ‘The Global Governance of Systemic Risk: How Measurement Practices Tame Macroprudential Politics.’ New Political Economy 24(6): 816–832 (open access).

Broome, André, Alexandra Homolar and Matthias Kranke (2018) ‘Bad science: International organizations and the indirect power of global benchmarking.’ European Journal of International Relations 24(3): 514–539 (open access).

Yarrow, David and Matthias Kranke (2016) ‘The performativity of sports statistics: towards a research agenda.’ Journal of Cultural Economy 9(5): 445–457.

Eimer, Thomas R. and Matthias Kranke (2015) ‘Teaching the Transnationalization of Politics: Participant Observation of Public Events.’ International Studies Perspectives 16(2): 127–141.

Kranke, Matthias (2014) ‘Which “C” Are You Talking About? Critical Meets Cultural IPE’ (review article). Millennium: Journal of International Studies 42(3): 897–907.

Lütz, Susanne and Matthias Kranke (2014) ‘The European rescue of the Washington Consensus? EU and IMF lending to Central and Eastern European countries.’ Review of International Political Economy 21(2): 310–338.