Hannah Abdullah is a researcher in CIDOB´s Global Cities Programme. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics (LSE), an MSc in Cultural Sociology from the LSE and a BA in Art History and Spanish from University College London (UCL). Before joining CIDOB she held the position of Cultural Programme Curator at the Goethe-Institut New York (Germany´s cultural institute), where she developed and managed programmes on architecture and urban issues, among others. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair for Cultural Sociology at the Technische Universität Dresden and she has taught and lectured at the LSE, Universität Leipzig and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her current research focuses on city diplomacy and international cultural relations, urban cultural policy analysis from an international comparative perspective, and the role of culture in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS) at Universitat de Barcelona.
Doctor in International Law and Master in European Studies by the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). Senior Researcher Fellow on Latin America issues in CIDOB since 2002 and former coordinator of the International Cooperation Area at the same institution (1995-2001). Associate Professor at the UAB teaching International Law and Visiting teacher in Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Member of the research group DIE-EURJAIDI (2014-2016) attached to the UAB International Law Department. Member of Editorial Board of Revista CIDOB d 'Afers Internacionals and the CIDOB Yearbook of International Relations; member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal Mural of the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and the Comillas Journal of International Relations; Member of the Academic Council of FLACSO-Spain. Have been visiting researcher at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro; Colegio de Mexico; "School of Oriental and African Studies" in London; the "Institute of Development Studies" in the University of Susex; and the "Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik" in Germany. Consulting experience in several Spanish and EU institutions.
Pol Bargués-Pedreny earned his PhD from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, in 2014. He is currently a research fellow at the Centre Barcelona for International Affairs, working on the Horizon 2020 project on EU’s external action (EU-LISTCO), where he examines the EU’s external action and possibility to enhance resilience in areas of limited statehood and in the context of rising contested orders. Before joining CIDOB, he was a post-doc research fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Institute for Development and Peace (both from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany). He has also taught several International Relations courses in the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, Spain.Over the years he has developed an interest in the intersection of philosophy and international relations. He has critically interrogated international interventions and engaged in social critique. He is author of Deferring Peace in International Statebuilding: Difference, Resilience and Critique (Routledge 2018) and has published in diverse academic journals like Global Society, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding or Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses.
Moussa Bourekba is Researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and Associate Professor in International Relations at Ramon Llull University (Barcelona). Prior to joining CIDOB, he was Junior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed, Barcelona). He also worked as a consultant for the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI, Brussels). At CIDOB, after three years as Project Manager for SAHWA (www.sahwa.eu), an EU-funded project that aims at analysing youth conditions and expectations in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, he now focuses on processes of radicalisation, violent extremism in Europe and North Africa, and Islam in Western countries. His main areas of interest are: Arab youth, violent extremism, Islam in Western countries. He speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic.
Carme Colomina is a research fellow on European Union, disinformation and global politics at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), Editor and member of the Editorial Board. She is also visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, where she teaches a course on Communications Management in the European Union, and at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Graduated in Information Science from the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona and with a postgraduate course in European Union Studies from the UOC, she has been Brussels’ correspondent and head of international affairs in Catalunya Ràdio and in ARA newspaper. As a special envoy, she covered dozens of international summits and political conflicts and she is still a frequent contributor to various media organizations as an analyst of European current affairs. Before joining CIDOB, she also worked as a consultant on various communication projects in the European and Euro-Mediterranean sphere, and was Head of Interregional Cooperation in the Foreign Affairs department of the Catalan government.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He also holds a Degree in Public Management from ESADE Business School, (ESADE), and has carried out a research internship at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU). He is currently the Director of the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB. Since January 2013 he has been the Director of Studies and International Technical Assistance at Tornos Abogados, a leading law company specialised in public law and governance. He has worked as a Senior Expert for several UN Agencies, the European Commission national and local governments worldwide, among other public and private organisations. He has previously been the Director of the Barcelona Centre for Territorial Studies (2012-2013); the Director of International Relations at Diputació de Barcelona (2005-2012); the General Coordinator of the European Commission URBAL III Programme Coordination Office (2008-2012), and the General Coordinator of the Observatory of Decentralised Cooperation EU-LATAM. (2005-2012). He is the author of political reports and various books, papers and articles on global agendas, public governance, State reforms and modernisation, territorial development, decentralisation and international cooperation. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, Professor of the Degree in International Relations at Blanquerna - Ramon Llull University and other Universities in Spain, Europe and Latin America.
Senior researcher at CIDOB in the area of migration. PhD cum laude in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. Her PhD thesis was awarded the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) prize for the best sociological dissertation defended in the Netherlands in 2009 and 2010. Blanca has worked on immigration policies in Malaysia and Spain, the policymaking of integration policies from a multilevel perspective, political discourses on immigration and on irregular immigration from a comparative perspective. Between 2010 and 2016 she was Juan de la Cierva postdoc researcher and visiting professor at Pompeu Fabra University. Blanca is lecturer at the Political Science Department of Barcelona University and member of the European network IMISCOE. Together with Rinus Penninx, she has recently published a book about the concept and policies of integration in Europe (Springer, 2016). She is now working on policies and political discourses on refugees from a European comparative perspective.
PhD in Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). She holds a Master’s Degree in Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics at the University of Barcelona (2010) and a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation at the European Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (2005), undertaken in Italy and Denmark. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law at UB (2004). Since 2011, she is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra. From 2015 and 2016, she was one of the 20 experts from all over the world who took part in HABITAT III Policy Unit on the Right to the City and Cities for all. The work of this Policy Unit nurtured the drafting of the New Urban Agenda adopted at HABITAT III. From 2007 to 2014, she served as Executive Coordinator of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of the global network United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). In this framework, she created and coordinated the Inclusive Cities Observatory. Her main interest areas are the right to the city, public policies, local government, postcolonial studies, social emancipation, urban art and urban social movements.
Pol Morillas is general director and senior research fellow of CIDOB. He is a political scientist, holds a PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a master's in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is also an Associate Professor at the UAB, where he teaches European Foreign Policy and the Theory of International Relations, and a member of the Observatori de Política Exterior Europea. Previously, he has been Head of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies field at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), Coordinator of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the EU, and Advisor on External Action at the European Parliament. His numerous published research papers for academic journals and think tanks, like his opinion articles, cover the dynamics of European integration, the institutional developments of EU external action, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the EU’s security strategies and Euro-Mediterranean relations, among other subjects. His latest book is Strategy-Making in the EU. From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action published by Palgrave Macmillan.He is the lead researcher on the EU-LISTCO project, which is dedicated to studying the European Union's external policy in the conditions created by the fragility of the states in its neighbourhood and the contested global order. He has also participated in other H2020 projects such as MENARA, FEUTURE and MEDRESET and collaborates with other think tanks and international organisations. He participates in international and European debates and seminars, and forms part of the TEPSA network (Trans European Policy Studies Association). He has closely followed the diverse crises in the European integration project, particularly Brexit, and has published various analyses of European Union reform and the debate on the multi-speed Europe. He likewise collaborates regularly with various media outlets (press, radio and TV) as a European and international affairs analyst.
Research fellow at CIDOB in the area of migration and adjunct professor at Pompeu Fabra University. My interest in “migration matters” dates back to my experience at the ASK Research Center (Bocconi University) where I developed a two-year project on diasporic media. Turned my attention to the world of politics, I delved into the study of immigrant integration and its politics at GRITIM-UPF, firstly as master student and then as PhD candidate. In my doctoral thesis I addressed the issue of integration policies in Europe through a mixed-method investigation, paying special attention to the political imaginaries that lie beyond citizenship regimes in Italy and Spain. My expertise on integration policies grows in parallel as research collaborator for the Migration Policy Center (European University Institute) between 2013 and 2015. My research interests and my areas of expertise include immigration and integration policies in comparative perspective, the political ideas and discourses related to immigration and its governance, as well as the media representation of the immigration phenomenon.
Jordi Quero is a political scientist and holds Master's degrees in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and in International Affairs -with specializations on Middle East and International Security Policy- from Columbia University. He is an associate lecturer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, where he is a part-time lecturer in International Relations, International Relations of the Middle East and Institutions and Policies of the EU. Furthermore, he is associate lecturer at Centro de Estudios Internacionales where he is in charge of updating entrance exams' study materials to the Spanish foreign service.
Olatz Ribera-Almandoz is a researcher at CIDOB in the area of Migration, and a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Her doctoral research uses a comparative perspective to analyse the interactions between social movements and public institutions in the context of multilevel states, with special focus on the (new) demands of social justice, welfare and housing. She has also been a visiting scholar at The University of Manchester, a member of the Johns Hopkins University-Universitat Pompeu Fabra Public Policy Center in Barcelona and a researcher in public policy analysis in a variety of public and private institutions, including the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP), and the Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies (IERMB). She co-authored the recently published book Beyond defeat and austerity: Disrupting (the critical political economy of) neoliberal Europe (Routledge, 2018).
He holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations, Security and Development by Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2012. He has worked as an intern in the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (Vienna) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (Barcelona). Between 2013 and 2014 he did an internship as research assistant at Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB). Then he joined CIDOB’s expert team as researcher in his areas of study: Euro Mediterranean dynamics, the European governance and new political movements. He is also part of the team managing The Raval Project.
Elena Sánchez Montijano is Senior Research Fellow at CIDOB. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Master in International Cooperation and Development from the Granada University. She is guest lecturer at the Inter-university Master's Degree in Contemporary Migrations at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) since 2013. Previously, she was an associate researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GRITIM-UPF), adjunct professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra since 2010, at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Her main areas of interest are immigrant integration policies in Europe and the transnational relations of foreigners with their countries of origin. She is also an expert in methodology.Currently, she is the Scientific Coordinator of the SAHWA project (Researching Arab Mediterranean Youth: Towards a New Social Contract) funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission and researcher at MENARA project and FEUTURE project, both funded by Horizon2020 programme of the European Commission. Also she is co-director of the project Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX 2015), researcher at NIEM project, which analyse refugee policies, and country coordinator for Spain of the European Web Site on Integration (EWSI), both funded by the European Commission through public calls. At the national level she has directed the project “Discrimination in the Nationalisation of Immigrants in Spain” (DNIs), funded by the Open Society Foundation and has collaborated in many projects funded by the National Plan of R&D. She has been a visiting researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford University, in 2010 and the Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), Université de Liège, in 2012.
Eduard Soler i Lecha is senior researcher at CIDOB and scientific coordinator of MENARA, a European project on geopolitical shifts in the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Dr. Soler i Lecha is a political scientist and a part-time lecturer in International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and at Ramon Llull-Blanquerna University. From 2013 to 2017 he lead the El Hiwar project on Euro-Arab diplomacy at the College of Europe (Bruges) and in 2010 he was seconded to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor in the Direction General for the Mediterranean, the Maghreb and the Middle East. He has also advised in several occasions the Catalan government and the Barcelona local governments on Euro-Mediterranean affairs. His main areas of expertise are: Euro-Mediterranean relations, Turkey’s foreign and domestic politics, North African and Middle Eastern political dynamics, Spain's Mediterranean policy and security cooperation in the Mediterranean. He is a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, FIMAM (the Spanish network of researchers working on Arab and Muslim studies), EuroMeSCo and the advisory boards of Mediterranean Politics and IEMed’s Mediterranean Yearbook.
Holds a PhD in Political Science, Public Policies and International Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is a collaborator of the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP). He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Development from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick. His main research interests centre on (the critique of) housing and urban political economy, cooperativism and the institutions of the common.
Middle East specialist, particularly about the strategically important Persian Gulf region. He holds a Marie Curie grant of the European Commission for research about Iraqi food security and manages CIDOB’s partnership with Moroccan OCP Foundation. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and was visiting faculty at the Paris School of International Affairs at SciencesPo. Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, Director of Economic Studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He has consulted international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American University of Beirut and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His commentaries and op-eds have been published by international and regional media outlets like the Financial Times, The National, CNN, BBC and Al Arabiya. He has dealt extensively with food security, energy issues, sovereign wealth funds, economic diversification and the impact of the global financial crisis on the Gulf countries. He is author of Oil for Food (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets (Gerlach Press 2012). Among his other publications are articles in Third World Quarterly, Globalizations, The Handbook of Oil Politics and The Brown Journal of World Affairs. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.