PhD students

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Blanca Camps-Febrer (PhD candidate, 2016) is a part-time lecturer in International Relations (UAB) and Conflict Analysis (Blanquerna University). She is a political scientist and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, Security and Development. She specializes in security and peace studies, especially in the MENA region where she has extensively worked. She collaborates with the Center Delàs for Peace Studies and coordinates the research team at the Observatory for Human Rights and Business in the MENA region (ODHE).
Sofia Breitenstein ( PhD candidate, 2016) holds a BA in Sociology from Universitat de Barcelona and a MA in Political Science from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her research at Masters’ level dealt with the impact of public sector wages on corruption and provided evidence of a within country analysis. Enrolled in the PhD program since 2016, Sofia’s doctoral thesis tackles under what conditions voters support corrupt politicians. In the first paper of her thesis she uses data of an original survey experiment run in Spain. She works under supervision of Prof. Eva Anduiza and Dr. Jordi Muñoz and collaborates with the research group Democracy, Elections and Citizenship of the UAB. Current thesis title: Attitudes towards corruption and their effect on the electoral behavior. Year of enrolment: 2016.
John Andrew Carter, Jr. ( PhD candidate, 2016) holds a BA in International Studies and the French Language from the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi (USA), and a MA in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (Spain). His Masters research dealt with the governance of private, non-state military and security providers operating in the Northern Triangle of Central America. John Andrew's doctoral thesis project encompasses an extensive analysis of the security sector in the Northern Triangle, focusing on the impact of private military and security providers on domestic security and securitization within the region. He works under supervision of Prof. Rafael Grasa.
Marion Lang (PhD candidate, 2016) holds a double Master in Political Science and Urban Studies from the University of Saint-Etienne and Sciences Po Lyon, France. Her master research dealt with the analysis of a participative process in a marginalized neighborhood in Marseille, France. Her doctoral research is under the supervision of Pr. Valérie Sala Pala (University of Saint-Etienne) and Dr. Ismael Blanco (UAB) and deals with the politizicisation of injustice through participation in marginalized neighborhoods in France and Spain. Thanks to a comparison between the cases of Marseille and Barcelona, this thesis questions participation as a tool for social justice.
Ángel Luis Torres Adán (PhD candidate, 2016) holds a BA in Geography and Spatial Planning from the Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha, and a MA in International Politics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is mainly devoted to the study of geopolitics and ethnic identities in Eastern Europe. His Master’s thesis was titled “Transnistria and the Republic of Moldova: from the independence to the russo-ukrainian crisis of 2014” and dealt with the series of ethnic and geopolitical issues that shaped modern day Moldovan politics and society. He is currently working (under Eva Anduiza and Guillem Rico supervision) in his doctoral thesis which will analyze the relationship between ethnic identity and political disaffection in postcommunist Europe..
Míriam Acebillo Baqué (PhD candidate, 2015) Currently in her last doctoral year, her PhD deals with migrant collectives’ agency in transnational activities. MA in Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. Master of Strategies, Policy and Agents in Development Aid, HEGOA Institute, University of the Basque Country and Postgraduate in Peace Culture at the School of Peace Culture of the UAB. Degree in Physics. She has been involved in a range of research projects dealing with the relationship between local governments and civil society, local and participatory development, aid development and peace discourses and public policies, migrant transnational engagement and codevelopment.She works under supervision of Prof. Eva Ostergaard.
Marta Ballester (PhD candidate, 2015) is a researcher and project manager in Avedis Donabedian Research Institute (UAB). She is a political scientist, holds a Master’s degree on Public Management from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), a Master’s degree on European Politics and Government in the EU from the London School of Economics and is currently completing her research thesis for the Master’s degree on Management and Methodology of Quality of Care from UAB. As a researcher in the Avedis Donabedian Research Institute she is focused on the study of integrated care programmes, patient empowerment, self-management and patient participation. In this area she has participated in several European projects including the first DG SANTE tender in patient empowerment: EMPATHiE (Empowering Patients in the Management of Chronic Diseases; PISCE (Pilot project on the promotion of self-care systems in the European Union) and PRO-STEP (Promoting Self-management for Chronic Diseases in the EU). At a Catalan level she is participating in the validation of a screening tool to detect people with complex social care needs and the development of quality indicators of the Catalan model of integrated home care among others. Her thesis is focused on the analysis of models of governance of integrated health and social care. She works under supervision of Prof, Raquel Gallego.
Estefanía Cruz Lera (PhD candidate, 2015) holds a B.A. in International Relations and a M.Res in International Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research interests are Transnational Migrations, Migration Policy in North America, Refugees in the Americas and Contemporary Politics in North America Her last peer reviewed papers published are: “Young Immigrants’ Association and the Future Latino Leadership in the U.S.: Dreamers’ Social Capital and Political Engagement” (2016) and “Movilidad forzada por las dinámicas del narcotráfico: variables para el análisis del proceso de asilo por violencia de mexicanos hacia EE.UU.” (2017). She has presented several papers in international conferences in Mexico, U.S., Argentina, Greece and Spain. Estefanía Cruz is associated in the the following networks: Seminario Permanente de Migración (UNAM), AMEI, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Red Latinoamericana para la Enseñanza del Derecho de Refugiados (Hungarian-Helsinki Committee and ACNUR) and BIARI Ethnicity and Conflict Research Network (Watson Institute, Brown University) . She is conducting a Doctoral Research about immigrants’ political incorporation at the city level, under the supervision of Eva Ostergaard and Margarita Leon.
Elena García García (PhD candidate, 2015) holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Granada, and a DEA in Sustainable Development, Environment and Mining at the Technical University of Cartagena. She took a double postgraduate master course in International Law and European Union at the Instituto Europeo Campus Stellae. Her Masters thesis dealt with the European Research Area (ERA). She has worked over five years as European Project Manager for several research institutes in Catalonia and previously acted as a delegate of European Affairs in Brussels for FECOAM. As part of her PhD studies, she is currently on a study visit at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean. Her doctoral thesis aims at analysing under what conditions stakeholders’ involvement affects the process of Europeanization of a Policy, more precisely regarding the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive of the Integrated Maritime Policy. She works under supervision of Prof. Oriol Costa.
Marina Pera Ros  (PhD candidate, 2015). She holds a M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University (New York) and a M.A. in Human and Sustainable Development from Universitat de Girona. Previously, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2016 she was a visiting scholar at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her areas of interest are social movements, commons, urban and public policies. Her dissertation director is Ismael Blanco (IGOP). In her professional career she worked developing social and cultural programs in public administration and third sector entities. In her free time Marina is involved in social and solidarity economy associations.

Guillem Ripoll Pascual (PhD candidate, 2015) holds a Bachelor's degree in political science and public administration (UAB) and an official master's degree in political science (UPF). He holds a FPU scholarship (FPU 14/06498) and is involved in INAP Project: “ La medida de la motivación para el servicio público”. His research revolves around the expansion of the concept of Motivation for Public Service; specifically, in the study of the connection between this style of motivation and ethics. He works under the supervision of Prof. Xavier Ballart

Briseida Corzo Rivera (PhD candidate, 2014) holds a BA in Architecture from the Autonomous University of Chiapas (Mexico), and a Master of Architecture from the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Mexico). Her master’s thesis focused on a liveability assessment and habitat improvement of slum’s areas of the coast of Yucatan, Mexico, applying a participatory-action research methodology and collaborating in a participatory design of housing programme. Her doctoral research analyzes the concept of the Right to the City, the debates and fights around it, and the responses and actions taken by organized communities in processes of production of habitat, to make this right effective in the context of Mexico City. She works under supervision of Dr. Ismael Blanco.
Jordi Garcia Muniesa (PhD candidate, 2014) holds a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and a BA in Sociology from UAB, and he worked in policy evaluation in the UK before joining the PhD programme. His doctoral thesis surveys citizens’ attitudes towards redistributive policies, with an especial focus on the influence of personal economic experiences and ideological predispositions. His research is supervised by Eva Anduiza (UAB) and Jordi Muñoz (UB) and uses a combination of survey and experimental methods.
Lina Luna (PhD candidate, 2014) is an International Relations scholar expert in Contemporary China. She Holds a BA in Government and International Relations from Externado de Colombia University (UEC), and a master degree in International Relations from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). She is a researcher, teacher and consultant in Contemporary China and Asian Affairs, for many academic and governmental institutions in Colombia and China, mainly has been the Coordinatior of Assian Affairs, researcher and lecturer at UEC. Currently a visiting scholar at ILAS - CASS in Beijing, her research and professional focus has been on contemporary China, Asia, emerging economies, global south and changes in the International System. Has published different articles, and lectured multiple conferences on these topics. Her PhD research focus on the influence that the relationship with China is having in the International Structures of Latin America. The research is supervised by Dr. Oriol Costa and Dr. Zhang Fang.
Jordi Mas (PhD candidate, 2014) is a predoctoral researcher FPI-MINECO at IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) where he teaches Introduction to Research Methods and International Relations Theory. He holds a MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE) and a MSc in International Relations, Security and Development at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Previously, he studied the undergraduates of Journalism (UAB) and Political Science and Public Management (UAB). His main interests are the European Union, political economy, welfare state and fiscal federalism. His doctoral thesis looks at the impact that the cohesiveness of the European Union’s regional partners has in the prospects of concluding an interregional free trade agreement. Jordi is a member of the European Foreign Policy Observatory, participates in the research project EU-NORMCON (Normative contestation in Europe: Implications for the EU in a changing global order) and has participated in the research project EU-IANUS (The EU in an Unsettled International System: Crisis, Polarity and Multilateralism).
Núria Suero (PhD candidate, 2014) holds a BA in Political Science and Administration by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), a postgraduate course in Communication and Political Strategy by the Political and Social Science Institute of Barcelona (ICPS) and a DEA in International Relations by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is currently a Phd candidate researching on the influence of social movements on political discourse in the European Parliament. Her work focuses on the ideas of deliberative democracy propelled by the mobilizations of 2011 and how they have permeated institutions at the European level. She works under the supervision of Prof. Rafael Grasa.
Alejandra Peña (PhD candidate, 2014) is a Political Scientist and holds a MSc in Political Science by the University of the Andes (ULA) in Venezuela. She is an Associate Professor at the same university in the Department of Political Analysis and International Relations. Alejandra is also a researcher at the Ibero-American Network of Sinology and guest researcher at the East Asian Studies & Research Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Her scientific interests are focused on contemporary Chinese studies with emphasis on China´s political system and international relations. Her doctoral research attempts to provide new answers to the question of how is China rising, digging into the internal dynamics that drive this process. Alejandra participates in the R &D project “Transnational Dynamics and Actors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): A genealogy of elites and social movements between the local and the global”, under the direction of Laura Feliu Martínez and Ferran Izquierdo. She works under the supervision of Prof. Laura Feliu Martínez
Claudia Rives (PhD candidate, 2014) holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting and a MSc in International Relations, Security and Development by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She was an intern at the European Institute for the Mediterranean (IEMed) in Barcelona and a researcher at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm, working on the areas of democracy, emerging powers, and the effects of rapid economic growth in developing countries. Her doctoral research focuses on the impact changes in the international system have on the European Union as a global actor, specifically looking at the interregional relations of the EU vis a vis emerging powers. Her work is supervised by Dr. Oriol Costa and Prof. Esther Barbé.
Pablo Castaño Tierno (PhD candidate, 2017) holds a double degree in Law and Political Sciences from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, an MA in Constitutional Law from the Centre for the Political and Constitutional Studies (Madrid) and an MPhil in Sociology from Goldsmiths College (University of London). He is doing his PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Margarita León and Prof. Eva Anduiza. During his MA, he completed a dissertation on the relation between the sexual division of labour and gender inequalities in gender participation in Spain. Later on, he has completed an MPhil thesis on the Bolivian social movement of domestic workers. His current PhD research focuses on the relation between populism and gender policies in the case of Evo Morales’ Bolivia.
Lile Gvelesiani (PhD Candidate, 2017) holds a BA degree in International Relations from the International Black Sea University (Georgia) and a MA degree in International Relations and European-Asian Studies from the Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). At the Master’s level, her research dealt with A Clash of Strategic Interests Between Russia and the European Union over the South Cuacasus. She enrolled in the PhD program since 2017and her research interests are the Politics of the European Union in the Fight against Terrorism. She works under the supervision of Professor Nuria Font Borrás.
Jülide Asci (PhD candidate, 2017) holds a Joint MA degree in Global Studies from University of Leipzig, Germany, and Wroclaw University, Poland, as well as a BA degree in Communication and Media Studies from University of Vienna, Austria. She has worked as an intern at the German Corporation for International Cooperation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia supporting the African Union in its structural and organizational growth. Her research interests are currently ongoing relations between Turkey and Sub-Saharan African countries with a particular focus on Ethiopia inspired by her personal experience in that country. She works under the supervision of Prof. Ferran Izquierdo Brichs.
Seda Aydin (PhD candidate for 2018) holds a double major degree in political science and sociology and an MA degree in sociology from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Her PhD project, which she conducts under the supervision Prof. Eva Østergaard-Nielsen, investigates the processes of political socialization of the German Turkish return migrants. She also contributes to two research projects leaded by Prof. Østergaard-Nielsen, Transnational Political Incorporation and Emigrant Political Incorporation.
Lara Klossek (PhD Candidate, 2017) is a PhD candidate at the IBEI in collaboration with UAB. Her PhD is conducted within the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network on explaining global India. She holds a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies with a focus on Political Science and History from the University of Heidelberg and a B.A. degree in Political Science and South Asian Studies from the University of Heidelberg. Her thesis will examine the making of EU foreign policy towards India, which corresponds with her prior research interests in Indian politics and International Relations theory. She works under the supervision of Professor Esther Barbé and Professor Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués. .
Gizem Tuğba Özkut  (PhD Candidate, 2017) holds a BA in International Relations from Kadir Has University (Turkey) and an MA in International Relations from Marmara University (Turkey). At Master’s level, her research dealt with national security and societal security approaches of the European Union to Syrian refugee crisis, through a three-level (institutional, national and societal) analysis. Enrolled in the PhD program since 2017, Gizem’s doctoral thesis tackles Turkish foreign policy in the post-September 11 period, by focusing on the impact of the country’s simultaneous fight against different terrorist organizations. She works under the supervision of Prof. Laura Feliu Martínez.
Ana Balković (PhD candidate, 2017) holds a MA degree in Political Science from Central European University, Budapest, and a MA degree in Political Science with specialization in Public Policy, Development and Management from University of Zagreb. She has worked as an associate expert at the Croatian Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy. Currently, she is a research assistant on the Disobedient Democracy project at University of Zagreb. Her research interests are changes in patterns of political participation, welfare state change and social science methodology. She works under supervision of prof. Eva Anduiza.
Olivia Glombitza (PhD candidate, 2017) holds a BA in European Business by the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, an MA in Intercultural Competence by the Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy and an MA in Media, Communication and Culture by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In her master’s thesis, she examined the emotional bias in the mediatic representation of the different actors involved in the Arab Spring. She works under the supervision of Prof. Ferran Izquierdo Brichs.
Ana Karla Perea Blazquez  (PhD Candidate, 2017) holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. Her master’s research focused on exploring household adaptation strategies to drought in the Southern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. She has worked extensively in forest and climate change policies and climate finance. In her doctoral thesis, she works under supervision of Prof. Oriol Costa.