Researchers

  • Inés Arco Escriche

    Inés ARCO ESCRICHE

    Researcher

    Inés Arco Escriche is a research fellow at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) working in the line of geopolitics, specialising in East Asia and Chinese politics. She is also an associate professor in UOC-UNITAR's MA in Diplomacy and International Affairs. She joined CIDOB in 2021 as a junior visiting research fellow as part of the First Edition of the Talent Global programme, where she focused on analysing the emergence of feminist foreign policy and pro-gender rules in the international system.Graduated in East Asian Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), she holds a MA in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Before joining CIDOB, she previously worked at the International Climate Development Institute (ICDI) in Taiwan, where she participated in multiple projects on climate action, social innovation and sustainable development policies. Her current research covers the influence of domestic issues in Chinese foreign policy, the impact of the rise of China for the liberal international order and East Asia regional dynamics. 

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  • Anna Ayuso

    Anna AYUSO POZO

    Senior Research Fellow

    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). 

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  • Pol Bargues-Pedreny

    Pol BARGUÉS

    Research Fellow

    Pol Bargués 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.

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  • Moussa Bourekba

    Moussa BOUREKBA

    Researcher

    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.

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  • Carme Colomina

    Carme COLOMINA SALÓ

    Research Fellow and Editor

    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. 

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  • Agustí Fernández de Losada

    Agustí FERNÁNDEZ DE LOSADA

    Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Global Cities Programme

    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.

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  • Marta Galceran

    Marta GALCERAN VERCHER

    Research Fellow

    Marta Galceran is a Research Fellow with the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), and a part-time lecturer on International Relations at Pompeu Fabra University and CEI-International Affairs. Her research focuses on city diplomacy, urban alliances and global governance, particularly in the field of digital transitions and technological humanism. She has authored several policy papers, academic articles, and other publications on these topics. She also leads the research at the Global Observatory of Urban Artificial Intelligence (GOUAI), within the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights. Before joining CIDOB she held the position of Program Coordinator of the Smart City Expo World Congress and senior consultant at Anteverti, where she advised local governments and international organizations (i.e., UN-Habitat, IADB, European Commission) on internationalization and urban innovation policies. Marta holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick and a BA in Political Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University.

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  • Blanca Garcés Mascareñas

    Blanca GARCÉS MASCAREÑAS

    Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator

    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.

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  • Berta Güell

    Berta GÜELL

    Researcher

    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.    

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  • Ricardo Martinez

    Ricardo MARTINEZ

    Senior Research Fellow

    Ricardo Martinez is a Senior Research Fellow of the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). His research focuses on the international and transnational actions of cities, the localization of the global and European agendas on sustainability and development, and the contribution of city diplomacy to global climate governance. He has published on urban studies and international relations’ academic journals such as Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Urban Geography, and Urban Studies. Before joining CIDOB, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS), researching on policy mobilities, decentralized cooperation, and the urban age. Previously a policy officer, Ricardo has over 10 years of professional experience in the global network United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), where his work focused on the linkage between international development and urban governance.   He obtained a PhD in Political Science from Heidelberg University with a doctoral thesis on city networks, multilateralism, and policy learning. Ricardo has a Master’s Degree in Information and Knowledge Society from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), a Master’s Degree in Urban and Territorial Development from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’.  

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  • Pol Morillas

    Pol MORILLAS

    Director of CIDOB

    Pol Morillas is Director of CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). He is a political scientist, holds a PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from the 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 pieces, 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 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and he has co-directed the documentary ‘Bouncing Back: world politics after the 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 and JOINT and collaborates with other think tanks and international organisations. He regularly collaborates with various media outlets (press, radio and TV) as a European and international affairs analyst.

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  • Viviane Ogou

    Viviane OGOU

    Junior Visiting Research Fellow

    Viviane Ogou is a Junior Visiting Fellow at CIDOB in the framework of the Talent Global program. She holds a degree in International Relations (URJC) and a Master's degree in International Security (IBEI). Specializing in the Sahel crisis and EU-Africa relations, she has a special interest in military operations and peace-building processes. She is currently studying the rise of anti-French sentiment in the Sahel and the implications for the European Union. She is founder and president of the youth organization Gateway to Africa. Since 2020, Viviane has been involved in the global municipalist movement, first as a youth delegate for Spain at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. She is currently a member of the UCLG Youth Caucus, representing the Barcelona Youth Council. Viviane also collaborates on youth and migration issues with different international organizations and foundations (IOM, UNAOC, European Parliament, Ashoka Foundation,...).

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  • Francesco Pasetti

    Francesco PASETTI

    Research Fellow

    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.

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  • Hèctor Sánchez Margalef

    Héctor SÁNCHEZ MARGALEF

    Researcher

    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.

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  • Reinhard Schweitzer

    Reinhard SCHWEITZER

    Research Fellow

    Reinhard Schweitzer is a Research Fellow in the area of Migration at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. He is also a Research Associate at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) in Brighton, UK, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He holds a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, as well as degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Innsbruck. From 2018 to 2020 he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna, where he led the project REvolTURN - Managing migrant return through ‘voluntariness’. His research focusses on the politics, practices, and challenges of governing international migration across different political and administrative levels, geographical contexts, and institutional settings. From an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, he studies legal frameworks, everyday practices of policy implementation, and ways in which migrants themselves perceive, use, bend or resist the rules and restrictions imposed on their mobility and “integration”. He recently co-edited the open access book Politics of (Dis)Integration (IMISCOE Research Series, 2020) and has published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Politics and the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. His latest book Micro-Management of Irregular Migration will be published by Springer in early 2022.

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