Hannah Abdullah is a Research Fellow with the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). Her current research focuses on city diplomacy in the areas of climate change and culture, with a focus on the Euro-Mediterranean region. Recent publications include work on the role of cities in global and European governance and the transition towards sustainable development. Hannah 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). She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair for Cultural Sociology at the Technische Universität Dresden, and has taught and lectured at the LSE, the University of Leipzig and Pompeu Fabra University. Before joining CIDOB she held the position of 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 is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS) at the University of Barcelona.
Doctor in Public International Law and Master in European Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Senior Research Fellow on Latin America in at CIDOB since 2002, previously coordinator of the International Cooperation Area (1996-2002). Associate Professor of Public International Law at the UAB since 1998 and member of the DIE-EURJAIDI research team (2014-2016 and 2017-2019). Associate Professor in the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI). Member of the Editorial Board of the Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internationals; Member of the Consultative Council of the Revista Mural International of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro; Member of the advisory board of the Comillas Journal for International Relations. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Reflection group on integration and development in Latin America and Europe (GRIDALE). Research stays at Fundaçao Getulio Vargas of Rio de Janeiro; Colegio de México and the Technical Office of Spanish Cooperation in Mexico City; "School of Oriental and African Studies" in London; the "Institute of Development Studies" University of Susex; and the "Deutches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik" in Berlin. Experience in reports and consultancies for various Spanish and EU institutions. Coordinator of the Europe-Cuba Forum Jean Monnet Network (2018-2021).
Pol Bargués-Pedreny is a Research Fellow at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre 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. He earned his PhD from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, in 2014.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 a Researcher at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) 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.
Emmanuel Comte is a Senior Research Fellow in the area of Migration and European Integration at CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, he holds a European Ph.D. in the History of Europe and of International Relations summa cum laude from Sorbonne University. His Ph.D. dissertation received a prize from the French Ministry of Social Affairs. He previously held academic positions at the European University Institute in Florence, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Vienna School of International Studies. His research focuses on the history of European Integration and the contemporary history of migration in Europe. He studies recent European history to find out when immigration generates disputes and when, by contrast, liberal migration arrangements can occur. He also aims to expand knowledge on European Integration by highlighting the role of Germany. His latest book is The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony published by Routledge.
Carlota Cumella de Montserrat is a Researcher at the Migrations Area of CIDOB since September 2020. Carlota has a double degree in Law and Global Governance from ESADE University (Barcelona) and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (King's College, London) and holds a Master of Law (December 2020), with a specialization in international protection and asylum law at a European comparative level. Before joining CIDOB, she has worked for the Center for Study of the Presidency and Congress (Washington D.C.), CÀRITAS Diocesana de Barcelona, and HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Costa Rica) as legal advisor for asylum seekers. Currently, she works in different European projects that analyse integration policies for migrants and refugees, by means of indicators.
Agustí Fernández de Losada is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). 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). 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.
Andrea G. Rodríguez is a Researcher and Project Manager at CIDOB since July 2020 in the Global Cities programme. She is part of the Observatory of the Social and Ethical Impact of Artificial Intelligence (OdiseIA) and of the European Cybersecurity Forum (CYBERSEC). Her current research is about the use of digital technology to improve urban governance and advance the digital transformation agenda. She holds a master’s degree in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) from the University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, and Charles University in Prague where she specialised in security and technology. She has published about the disruptive effect of emerging technologies such as quantum computing, and the benefits of them, such as in the case of 5G or Artificial Intelligence.
Blanca Garcés is a Senior Research Fellow in the area of Migrations and Research Coordinator at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). 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. For more than 15 years she has studied immigration and asylum policies from a comparative perspective. In her book Markets, citizenship and rights (2012), she analysed to what extent different political contexts (Spain and Malaysia) lead to different immigration policies. In the book Integration, processes and policies in Europe (2014), written together with Rinus Penninx, she proposes a heuristic model to study integration processes and policies. In the last five years she has studied policies and political discourses on asylum in Europe, with a special attention to border policies and state reception systems. Since 2021, she coordinates a H2020 project to understand the causes and consequences of migration narratives in a context of increasing politicisation and polarisation in Europe. She is member of the european network IMISCOE and of the editorial college of the recently created Migration Politics Journal.
Eva Garcia is a Senior Research Fellow of the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). 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.
Researcher in the area of Migrations of CIDOB. Doctor in Sociology with an extraordinary award from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and specialised in ethnic entrepreneurship and the Pakistani community in Spain, she has extensive research experience in migration studies. She has recently undertaken two investigations on forced and arranged marriages (Recercaixa), and on descendants of Asian background (Josep Irla Postdoctoral Fellowship) at CER-Migracions, UAB. She has previously worked on several European projects related to the phenomenon of migration and social exclusion at the European Social Research Unit of the University of Barcelona (UB). She is coordinator of the Labour Market and Immigration Module of the Interuniversity Master in Contemporary Migration of CER-Migracions and has previously been an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Education of the UB.
Pol Morillas is Director at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). He is a political scientist, holds a PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a master's in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He has taught at several universities, including the UAB, Blanquerna and ESADE. He is also a member of the Observatori de Política Exterior Europea (IBEI). 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 global dynamics, European integration, European foreign policy 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 in 2019 and he has co-directed the documentary ‘Bouncing Back: world politics after pandemic’ (2021), which proposes a reflection on the dynamics of conflict and opportunities for international cooperation in the post-Covid-19 world. He has also participated in several H2020 research projects such as MENARA, FEUTURE, MEDRESET, EU-LISTCO, EU IDEA or JOINT and collaborates with other think tanks and international organisations. He likewise participates regularly in various media outlets (press, radio and TV) as a European and international affairs analyst.
Francesco Pasetti is a Research Fellow at CIDOB in the area of Migrations and adjunct professor at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and at Pompeu Fabra University. His interest in “migration matters” dates back to his experience at the ASK Research Center (Bocconi University) where he developed a two-year project on diasporic media. Turned his attention to the world of politics, he delved into the study of migrant integration and its politics at GRITIM-UPF as PhD candidate. In his thesis, Pasetti 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. His expertise on integration policy grows in parallel as research collaborator for the Migration Policy Center (European University Institute) between 2013 and 2015. Since 2017, he has specialized in policy evaluation based on indicators. Currently, he is working on policies and political discourses on refugees, paying special attention to the Spanish context.
Oriol Puig is a researcher of the Horizon 2020 CASCADES Project at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) about climate change and food security in Western Sahel. PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Barcelona (UB), his thesis about trans-Saharan mobility between Niger and Libya granted the 2017 Extraordinary doctoral Prize of UB. He is Associate Professor in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Tutor-Professor of Social Anthropology in the National Distance Education University (UNED). He is part of the Research Group of African Societies (GESA) at the University of Lleida (UdL); the Research Group of African Studies (GEA) at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the Study Group of Migration, Spaces and Societies (GERMES, in French) at the University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey (Niger). He holds a European Master’s Degree in Mediation, International Relations and Cooperation undertaken in Università Ca’Foscari di Venezia (Italy) and Université Paul Valery-Montpellier III (France); a European Master’s Degree in Social Development at Université Paul Valery-Montpellier III, and a postgraduate in Conflicts and Peace Communication at UAB. He is also journalist and he worked as a consultant for international organizations and NGO’s about the externalization of European borders in the Sahel zone.His main research lines are: migration within Africa, return migration, borders and identities in mobility.
Héctor Sánchez Margalef is a Researcher at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). He holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations, Security and Development by Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2012 and is PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona. Before joining CIDOB he worked as an intern in the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (Vienna) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (Barcelona). In 2013 he joined CIDOB as a research assistant of the Greater Mediterranean area. Later he joined CIDOB’s expert team as researcher in his areas of study: European politics and integration dynamics, new political movements and democracy and participation. He has worked in private and public funded projects such as the Mercator European Dialogue, FACTS, EU Idea and The Raval Project. He speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
Eduard Soler i Lecha is a Senior Research Fellow at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). Between 2016 and 2019, he was 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.