I am a Beatriu de Pinós fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). From 2015-2018 I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Yale University and IBEI. My research interests include European Foreign Policy and Armed Conflict Studies, with a special emphasis on the role of natural resources. I am particularly interested in analyzing policies that seek to prevent, mitigate and terminate armed 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).
In my dissertation, I studied the policies of the EU to curtail trade in natural resources that fund armed conflicts. Subsequently, in my 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), I analyzed the (sometimes undesired) consequences of these policies. In my current project COEUS, I look at the perceptions and ideas of policymakers, experts and the general public concerning different conflict prevention and crisis management policies.
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-NORMCOM (Normative contestation in Europe: Implications for the EU in a changing global order).
My research has been published in “West European Politics”, “Cooperation and Conflict” and other peer-reviewed journals. 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 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.