Dr Matthew Castle

Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand


Dr Castle is Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. He researches issues in international political economy, with a focus on international trade and the politics of international economic rule making. His research expertise includes international relations, the political economy of trade and investment, the politics of international negotiations, and comparative regional integration. He teaches courses on European Union politics; international cooperation; and international political economy.

Dr Castle is working on several projects that examine how countries design international institutions, and how in turn the evolution of global institutions shapes patterns of international cooperation between states. His research shows how legal agreements establish precedent, which negotiators vie to set and to leverage during subsequent encounters. His research appears in several journals, including International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Studies and the Journal of European Integration. He also has a book chapter in an edited volume published at Georgetown University Press. Dr Castle has presented his research at a wide range of international conferences and workshops.

Between 2018 and 2019 he was Trade Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand, where he worked to support the negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and New Zealand.

Dr Castle holds a PhD from McGill University, and MA, BA(Hons) and BA degrees from Victoria University of Wellington.

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