I am a Juan de la Cierva Incorporación Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI/ Barcelona Institute of International Studies) and an adjunct professor at ESADE. Previously, I have held postdoctoral fellowships as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Yale University and IBEI (2015-2018) and as Beatriu de Pinós Fellow at IBEI (2018-2021). In my research I am centrally concerned in the relationship between EU foreign policy, natural resources, and (the prevention of) violent conflicts.
I received my PhD in “International Relations and European Integration” from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2014. As part of my research I was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (2012) and the Belgian Royal Institute for International Relations EGMONT (2013).
I pursue three distinct but interrelated lines of research. My first research line studies EU foreign policy and, in particular, the Union´s policies with respect to natural resources that fund armed conflicts. My second research line looks on the prevention and mitigation of (violent) conflicts. Here I study the public opinion with respect to different conflict resolution policies through survey experiments. My third and most recent line of research looks at the links between the ecological transition and political instability and violence.
My research has been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals (e.g., West European Politics, Cooperation and Conflict, and The Extractive Industries and Society). Moreover, I have co-edited two books on European foreign policy and political violence and one special issue on sanctions.
Besides this work, I am a member of the research group “Observatory of European Foreign Policy” in Barcelona and participate in the research project EU-SOV (The Emergence of European Sovereignty in a World of Systemic Rivalry: Strategic Autonomy and Permissive Consensus).
I have been funded by the European Commission, the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Catalan Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants, the International Catalan Institute for Peace, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
I live with my wife and two daughters (born in 2016 and 2017) near Barcelona. In my spare time I spend time with my family, play (poorly) soccer and read non-fiction books.