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Lukas M. Müller

Phone: 0049-761-203-4868
E-Mail: lukas.maximilian.mueller[at]
Room: Belfortstrasse 16, 1st Floor, Room 01.008


Lukas Maximilian Müller is currently a PhD researcher in Political Science at the University of Freiburg. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Global Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Additionally, he has attended the Warsaw School of Economics and Chulalongkorn University.

Lukas has published on on EU-ASEAN interregionalism, ASEAN's political, economic and infrastructural governance mechanisms. Additional research interests include ECOWAS, particularly the ECOWAS Commission and, more generally, the functioning of regional organizations in the Global South and the impact of external partner support.

Lukas also works as a researcher for the Asia-Europe Foundation regarding the mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals in the CLMV countries.

Curriculum Vitae

05/2017 - PresentResearcher, Directorate of Sustainable Development, Asia-Europe Foundation, Singapore
04/2015 - Present

Research Associate, Chair of International Politics at the University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüland), funded by the German National Academic Foundation.

PhD Project: "Whose policy? The policy processes of ASEAN and ECOWAS and the Impact of External Institutional Support"

Visiting Fellow at the Habibie Center, Jakarta, Indonesia, 01 - 04/2019

Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta, Indonesia, 01 - 05/2018

Visiting Fellow at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Nigeria Office, Abuja, 05 - 09/2017

09/2015 - 05/2017Course Coordinator, Lecturer, and Academic Mentor, IES Abroad, Freiburg
08/2013 – 03/2015

Research and teaching assistant, Chair for International Politics, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüland) as well as in the interdisciplinary Southeast Asian Studies Project (funded by the Germany Ministry of Research and Education)

10/2012 – 01/2015Master's degree in Political Science, University of Freiburg (Final grade 1,4). Title of thesis: "The False Promise of Interregionalism? Assessing the Determinants of EU-ASEAN Complex Interregionalism"

02/2011 – 06/2011

ERASMUS exchange at the Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie (Warsaw School of Economics), Poland

09/2009 – 06/2012

Bachelor's degree in Business and Global Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark (Final grade 1,9)

Research Interests

  • Comparative Regionalism
  • Interregionalism
  • Global IR
  • International Organizations
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • Public Administrations
  • Policy Research, national and regional
  • Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development

Courses taught

  • Fall Semester 2018/2019: Proseminar, World Regionalism in Practice (BA Political Science)
  • Spring Semester 2016: Proseminar, Grundlagen der internationalen Politik (BA Political Science)
  • Fall Semester 2015/16: Proseminar, Grundlagen der Internationalen Politik; Proseminar, Regionalism & Global Governance (BA Political Science)
  • Spring Semester 2015: Proseminar, Grundlagen der Internationalen Politik (BA Political Science)
  • Fall Semester 2014/15 Tutorat Einführung in die Internationale Politik (BA Political Science)
  • Spring Semester 2014: Tutorat Introduction to International Relations (MA Global Studies)
  • Fall Semester 2013/2014: Tutorat Einführung in die Internationale Politik (BA Political Science)




(2019) "Sustainable Consumption and Production in Lao PDR after the Voluntary National Review –Policy Options for Effective Implementation and Monitoring" (with Chanmany, Sayasenh, Poumanyvong), Asia-Europe Environment Forum


(2018) „Book Review: ASEAN Looks West. ASEAN and the Gulf Region“ ASIEN (146)

(2018) „Governing Regional Connectivity in Southeast Asia - The Role of the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN's External Partners.“ Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg, Occasional Paper Series (42)


(2017) „Book Review: The theoretical and practical dimensions of regionalism in East Asia“ Global Affairs (3:1)

(2017) "Implementation Guide for the Sustainable Development Goals" (contributing author), Asia-Europe Environment Forum

(2017) Conference Report: First Annual CEDI Conference, 10.11.2016 – 11.11.2016 Mainz, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 03.03.2017,


(2016) „Beyond Actorness. Structure and Agency in Complex Interregionalism.“ European Journal of East Asian Studies (15:2)


(2015) „The False Promise of Interregionalism. Assessing the Determinants of Complex Interregionalism.“ Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg, Occasional Paper Series (25)


Other Publications


(2019) "ASEAN connectivity could be blueprint for the world". Jakarta Post, 20 June 2019

(2019) "How to Present Fieldwork Data Analysis Results with MAXQDA" MAXQDA Blog, 21 January 2019

(2019) "ASEAN's Regional Connectivity - External Partner Engagement Exposing Internal Governance Constraints" Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, 7 January 2019


(2018) "Tracing Causality within Complex Data Sets using MAXQDA" MAXQDA Blog, 25 July 2018

(2018) "Process Tracing in Political Science with MAXQDA" MAXQDA Blog, 24 April 2018


  • Drafting, Implementing, Monitoring - The Policy-Making Contribution of the ECOWAS Commission and the Significance of External Partner Support
    ISA International Conference 2019, Accra, Ghana, 3.8.2019
  • Diving Deep - Aligning the SDG 12 Regulatory Framework in Lao PDR
    Asia-Europe Environment Forum 2019, Yokohama, Japan, 29.7.2019
  • Challenges to ASEAN Centrality in Connectivity Governance - Regional and National Pressure Points
    ISA Asia-Pacific Conference 2019, 6.7.2019
  • The Glorified Post Office No More? The Emerging Role of the ASEAN Secretariat in Regional Policy Formulation and Monitoring
    ISA Asia-Pacific Conference 2019, 4.7.2019
  • Diving Deep - Aligning the SDG 12 Regulatory Framework in Lao PDR
    Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 28.6.2019
  • Europe‘s Role in the Great Southeast Asian Connectivity Game
    Power Play or Interdependence? The Euro-Asian Relations and Challenges at a Global and Regional Level, University of Warsaw, Poland, 17.6.2019
  • ASEAN Decision-Making and Potential for External Partner Engagement
    Southeast Asia Regional Conference, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Munich, Germany, 8.5.2019
  • Opening Up the Black Box. Policy-Making Contributions by Central Regional Institutions and the Impact of External Institutional Support
    Annual Conference of the Working Group on European and Regionalism Research, German Association of Political Science (DVWP), University of Magdeburg, 3.5.2019
  • Periphery to Periphery? Southeast Asian Developmental Foreign Policy in West Africa
    International Conference on the Past, Present and Future of African-Asian Relations, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 27.4.2019
  • SDG 12 Policy Alignment in Lao PDR – Presentation of an ENVforum Study
    SWITCHAsia National Kick-Off Event, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 28.3.2019
  • SDG 12 Policy Alignment in Lao PDR – What it means for Laos and the CLMV
    ENVforum CLMV Conference, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 27.3.2019
  • Economic Giant, Political Dwarf? Where to for the European Union in Southeast Asia?
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 22.3.2019
  • The Glorified Post Office No More? The Changing Role of the ASEAN Secretariat in Policy Formulation and Monitoring
    International Conference on ASEAN Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 14.3.2019
  • Active but Dependent? Policy-Making Contributions by Central Regional Institutions and External Institutional Support
    ALMA Research Series, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute, Freiburg, Germany, 17.1.2019
  • Regional Integration in Southeast Asia and West Africa: The Roles of Indonesia and Nigeria
    German Academic Foundation, Freiburg, Germany, 5.11.2018
  • Security Risks Emerging from Climate Change - Scientific State of the Art
    10th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP), Brussels, Belgium, 27.09.2018
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production in Lao PDR - Results of a Mapping Exercise
    Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13.08.2018
  • Europeanized Interactions. The EU, ASEAN, and ECOWAS as Partners and Dependents
    Graduate Workshop Europe and the World - Between Colonialism and Globalization, Villa Vigoni, Menaggio, Italy, 20.06.2018
  • Guiding Regional Integration from Within? External Partner Support of the ECOWAS Commission and Regional Integration in West Africa
    Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Leipzig, Germany, 11.06.2018
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production - Making the Concept Useful for a Developing Country
    Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 24.4.2018
  • Governing ASEAN Connectivity. The role of the Secretariat and ASEAN's External Partners
    Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia, 3.04.2018
  • Governing ASEAN Connectivity. The role of the Secretariat and ASEAN's External Partners
    PHISO Annual Conference, Davao City, Philippines, 24.03.2018
  • Periphery to Periphery? The Foreign Policy of ASEAN States in West Africa
    Freiburger Asiengespräche, 3.10.2018
  • Interregionalism, Central Integrative Institutions, and External Institutional Support
    GIZ Country Office, Abuja, Nigeria, 13.09.2017
  • The Policy Process of the ECOWAS Commission
    Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Abuja, Nigeria, 20.06.2017
  • Process Tracing in Social Science (Workshop taught)
    Institute of Political Science, University of Freiburg, 20.04.2017
  • Whose Policy? EU Capacity Building in ASEAN and ECOWAS
    Conference of the German Academic Foundation, Bingen am Rhein, 28.03.2017
  • “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” – How the concept of actorness clouds our understanding of inter-regionalism and how inter-organizational theory can help
    CEDI Annual Conference, University of Mainz, 11.11.2016


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