IBEI is an inter-university institute created in 2004 as a joint effort of all five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and CIDOB (International Documentation Centre of Barcelona) to promote postgraduate training and research in politics and international relations in order to advance the understanding of global challenges to governance in our world. Now into its second decade, IBEI has become consolidated and achieved a high level of recognition as an academic and research centre at both European and international level.
As well as its educational activities, it is worth stressing how fundamental it is for IBEI to have a substantial number of faculty under contract with a distinguished research profile. From the beginning, this team has been created by advertising annually for postdoctoral and assistant lecturer positions, and through fellowships for visiting scholars of noted academic standing. From 2008, this has been supplemented by researchers on secondment from Catalan universities and externally-funded researchers (ICREA, Marie Curie, Ramón y Cajal and Juan de la Cierva programmes). Currently, IBEI has over 25 postdoctoral researchers in international relations, comparative politics and political economy. They are involved in a large number of research projects and maintain a high publication rate in the most relevant international specialist journals.
Since its initial stage of expansion, IBEI has continued its commitment to attracting talented professionals as the basis for its institutional growth and enhancing the quality of its training programmes, especially the Master’s Degree in International Relations. The implementation and development of all these projects shows IBEI’s willingness and excellent positioning as one of the main European centres of advanced training and research in politics and international relations.