I have a number of ongoing research projects in the areas of global governance and environmental politics. In April 2013 I began a new research project on developing pathways to decarbonization, with a number of collaborators from Canada, the US, the UK, and Sweden funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. My recent book with Oxford University Press examines the emergence and implications of climate governance experiments.  I am also engaged in a collaborative study of carbon markets with my colleagues Matthew Paterson (University of Ottawa), Michele Betsill (Colorado State University), and Steven Bernstein (University of Toronto) funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Beyond environmental politics, I am engaged in a collaborative project on the evolution of multilateral treaty-making with colleagues from the University of Delaware. Click here for a full cv.

Books and Edited Volumes:

1.Harriet Bulkeley, Liliana Andonova, Michele M. Betsill, Daniel Compagnon, Thomas Hale, Matthew J. Hoffmann, Peter Newell, Matthew Paterson, Charles Roger, Stacy D. VanDeveer. 2014. Transnational Climate Change Governance Cambridge University Press.

2. Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2011. Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto Oxford University Press.

3. Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2005. Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Constructing a Global Response SUNY Press.


4. Alice Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann, eds., 2005.

Contending Perspectives on Global Governance: Coherence and Contestation, Routledge Press.


Articles and Book Chapters:

Daniel Compagnon and Steven Beinstein. 2017. “Non-demarcated Spaces of Knowledge-Informed Policy Making: How Useful is the Concept of Boundary Organization in IR?” Review of Policy Research 34 (6): 812-826

Sander Chan, Harro van Asselt, Thomas Hale, Ken Abbot, Marianne Beisheim, Matthew Hoffmann, Brendan Guy, Niklas Hohne, Angel Hsu, Philip Pattberg, Pieter Pauw, Celine Ramstein, Oscar Widerberg. 2015. “Reinvigorating International Climate Policy:
A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action” Global Policy

Matthew Paterson, Matthew Hoffmann, Michele Betsill, Steven Bernstein. 2014. “The Micro foundations of Policy Diffusion towards Complex Global Governance: An Analysis of the Transnational Carbon Emission Trading Network,” Comparative Political Studies 47 (3): 420-449.

Matthew Hoffmann. 2014. “Climate Policy and Governance” Handbook of IPE and Governance edited by Tony Payne and Nicola Phillips, Edward Elgar.

Matthew Hoffmann. 2013. “Norm Constructivism: Contesting International Legal Norms” Making Sense of IR Theory 2nd Edition edited by Jennifer Sterling-Folker (Boulder: Lynne Reinner Press).

Lilach Gilady and Matthew Hoffmann. 2013. “Darwin’s Finches or Lamarck’s Giraffe? Does IR get Evolution Wrong?” International Studies Review 15 (3): 307-327

Bulkeley, Harriet, Liliana Andonova, Karin Backstrand, Michele Betsill, Daniel Compagnon, Rosaleen Duffy, Matthew Hoffmann, Ans Kolk, David Levy, Peter Newell, Matthew Paterson, Phillip Pattberg, Stacy VanDeveer. 2012. “Governing Climate Change Transnationally: Assessing the Evidence from a Database of Sixty Initiatives,” Environment and Planning C 30: 591-612.

Michele Betsil and Matthew Hoffmann. 2011. The Contours of “Cap and Trade”: The Evolution of Emissions Trading Systems for Greenhouse Gases. Review of Policy Research 28 (1): 83-106).

Steven Bernstein, Michele Betsill, Matthew Hoffmann, Matthew Patterson. 2010. A Tale of Two Copenhagens: Carbon Markets and Climate Governance Millenium: Journal of International Studies.

Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2009. Is Constructivist Ethics an Oxymoron? International Studies Review 11 (2).

Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2008.  Where the States Are: Environmental NGOs and the UN Climate Change Negotiations. in Transnational Activism in the UN and the EU edited by Jutta Joachim and Birgit Locher, London: Routledge.

Robert Denemark and Matthew J Hoffmann .2008.“Not Just Scraps of Paper: The Dynamics of Multilateral Treaty-Making” Cooperation and Conflict 43 (2): 185-219.

Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2008. Agent-Based Modeling as Qualitative Method in Qualitative Methods in Internaitonal Relations, edited by Audie Klotz and Deepa Prakash. London: Palgrave: 187-210.

Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2007. Blurring the Lines. International Studies Review 9 (4): 758-62.

Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2007. The Global Regime: Current Status of and Quo Vadis for Kyoto. In A Globally Integrate Climate Policy for Canada edited by Steven Bernstein, Jutta Brunnee, David Duff, and Andrew Green. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 137-57.

van der Wusten, Herman, Robert Denemark, Matthew J Hoffmann, Hasan Yonten (2007) “The Production Sites of Multilateral Treaties: Political Center-Formation and the World-System (1600-2000)” In N. van Nuffel (ed.) Van Christaller tot Wallerstein. Liber Amicorum Prof. Dr. Piet Saey. Nautilus Academic Books Zelzate (Belgium): 131-146.

Matthew J. Hoffman, “Beyond Regime Theory: Complex Adaptation and GlobalEnvironmental Governance,” in Global Complexity: Agent-Based Models in Global and International Issues edited by Neil Harrison, SUNY Press (2006).

Matthew J. Hoffmann “(De)Constructing the State: Kosovo and the social construction of state breakdown” in Making Sense of IR Theory edited by Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Lynne Reiner (2005).

Matthew J. Hoffmann and Alice D. Ba, “Introduction: Contending Perspectives on Global Governance,” in Contending Perspectives on Global Governance: Rule Systems and World Orders edited by Alice D. Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann, Routledge Press (2005).

Matthew J. Hoffmann and Alice D. Ba, “Conclusion: Contending Perspectives on Global Governance,” in Contending Perspectives on Global Governance: Rule Systems and World Orders edited by Alice D. Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann, Routledge Press (2005).

Matthew J. Hoffmann, “Constructing Global Governance,” in Contending Perspectives on Global Governance: Rule Systems and World Orders edited by Alice D. Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann, Routledge Press (2005).

Matthew J. Hoffmann, “Constructing a Complex World: The Frontiers of International Relations Theory and Foreign Policy Making” Asian Journal of Political Science 11, no. 2 (December 2003).

Dawn Parker, Steven Manson, Marco Janssen, Matthew J. Hoffmann, Peter Deadman, “Multi-Agent Systems for the Simulation of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change: A Review” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93, no. 2, (June 2003).

Nives Dolsak, Eduardio Brondizio, Lars Carlsson, David Cash, Clark Gibson, Matthew J. Hoffmann, Anna Knox, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Elinor Ostrom “Adaptation to Challenges” in The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptation edited by Elinor Ostrom and Nives Dolsak, MIT Press (2003).

Alice Ba and Matthew J. Hoffmann, “Making and Remaking the World for IR 101: A resource for teaching social constructivism” International Studies Perspectives 4, no. 1, (March 2003).

Matthew J. Hoffmann, Hugh Kelley, Tom Evans, “Simulating Land Cover Change in Southern Indiana” in Complexity and Ecosystem Management: The Theory and Practice of Multi-Agent Approaches , edited by Marco Janssen Edward Elgar Publishers (2002): 218-247.

Matthew J. Hoffmann and John Riley, “The Science of Political Science: Linearity or Complexity in the Design of Social Inquiry” New Political Science 24, no. 2, (June 2002): 303-320.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Matthew J. Hoffmann, “Entrepreneurs and the Emergence and Evolution of Social Norms” in Proceedings of Agent-Based Simulation 3 Conference, edited by Christoph Urban. Ghent, Belgium: SCS-Europe (2002): 32-37.

Matthew J. Hoffmann, “Self-Organized Criticality and Norm Avalanches” in Proceedings of the Symposium on Normative Multi-Agent Systems AISB (2005): 117-125

Book Reviews:

Global Complexity: John Urry. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 2005.

Ecological Security: An Evolutionary Perspective on Globalization: Dennis Clark Pirages and Theresa Manley DeGeest. STEP AHEAD Newsletter of the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Section American Political Science Association 2, no.1, Spring 2004

Governing Globalization: David Held and Anthony McGrew (eds). Political Studies Review, April 2004

International Futures: Barry Hughes. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 4, no. 4, 2001

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