About

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Martijn C. Vlaskamp is a Beatriu de Pinós fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). From 2015-2018 he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Yale University and IBEI. His research interests include European Foreign Policy and Armed Conflict Studies, with a special emphasis on the role of natural resources.

Martijn received his PhD in “International Relations and European Integration” from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2014. In his dissertation, he studied the policies of the EU to curtail trade in natural resources that fund armed conflicts. As part of his research he was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (2012) and the Belgian Royal Institute for International Relations EGMONT (2013). In his postdoctoral project GLONEXACO (The Global-Local Nexus of Armed Conflicts: The interlinkages between natural resource-fuelled armed conflicts and the EU’s raw materials supply), he analyzed the (sometimes undesired)  consequences of these policies.

In his current project, he looks at the perceptions and ideas of policymakers, experts and the general public concerning different conflict prevention and crisis management policies. Martijn is a member of the research group “Observatory of European Foreign Policy” in Barcelona and participates in the research project EU-NORMCOM (Normative contestation in Europe: Implications for the EU in a changing global order).

Martijn’s research has been published in “West European Politics”, “Cooperation and Conflict” (forthcoming) and other peer-reviewed journals. He has been funded by the European Commission, the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Martijn lives with his wife and two daughters (born in 2016 and 2017) near Barcelona. In his spare time he spends time with his family, plays (poorly) soccer and reads non-fiction books.