Matthew Castle

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Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

International political economy, international trade, international relations

Office Hours

By appointment.


  • BA, Hons, MA Victoria University of Wellington
  • PhD McGill


Matthew Castle is Lecturer in International Relations. He joined the Programme in July 2019, before which he completed his PhD in Political Science at McGill University.

Between 2018 and 2019 he was Trade Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand. Prior to moving to Canada for graduate school, Matthew completed BA, Honours, and MA degrees at Victoria University of Wellington.

Research Areas

Matthew researches issues in international political economy, with a focus on international trade and the politics of international economic rule-making. His research interests include international relations, the political economy of trade and investment, the politics of international negotiations, and comparative regional integration.

Research Projects

Matthew 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.

Current projects include on the evolution of global trade rules; on leaks of negotiating documents; on renegotiations of country commitments; on the political effects of exclusion from economic institutions; and on justice in the global trade regime. New research examines how governments are attempting to bring their populations back on side after a backlash against globalisation.


Matthew is interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • International Political Economy
  • International trade
  • The politics of international negotiations
  • The politics of international economic law
  • New Zealand foreign economic policy
  • European & EU politics

Recent Publications

  • Castle, Matthew and Krzysztof Pelc. 2019. "The Causes and Effects of Leaks in International Negotiations." International Studies QuarterlyForthcoming.
  • Castle, Matthew. 2018. “Globalization’s Impact: Trade and investment in China-India Relations”, in The China-India Rivalry in the Globalization Era, edited by T.V. Paul, pp. 205-230. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • Castle, Matthew. 2018. “Embedding regional actors in social and historical context: Australia-New Zealand integration and Asian-Pacific regionalism.” Review of International Studies 44(1): 151-173.
  • Castle, Matthew, Simon Le Quesne and John Leslie. 2016. “Divergent Paths of State-Society Relations in European and Trans-Tasman Economic Integration.” Journal of European Integration 38(1): 41-59.

Selected Conference Participation

  • 2017: International Political Economy Society (IPES) (Austin, TX)
  • 2015: European Consortium for Political Research (Montreal); CEPSI/CIPSS Graduate Student Conference (Montreal)
  • 2014: International Political Science Association (IPSA) (Montreal)
  • 2012: NZ Political Science Association (Wellington); EU Studies Association of the Asia-Pacific (Singapore)
  • 2011: NZ European Union Centres Network; NZ Political Science Association
  • 2010: NZ European Union Centres Network

Work in progress

See Matthew’s website for more information and work in progress.


Teaching in 2019