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Oriol Costa Fernández

Oriol Costa

Investigador associat, IBEI

Professor agregat, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Oriol Costa is an Associate Researcher at IBEI since 2014. He is also Associate Professor of International Relations at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he co-ordinates the BA degree in International Relations. His research looks at the interaction between the European Union and international institutions, with a special interest on how the latter shape the ways in which the EU acts in the international arena. He also does research on international environmental politics. He has published two edited volumes (Palgrave), several articles at journals such as Journal of European Public Policy, Mediterranean Politics, Cooperation and Conflict, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, South European Society and Politics and others, as well as chapters in edited books (Palgrave, Springer, Routlede, Tecnos).

From 2007 to 2009 he held a Postdoctoral grant (Beatriu de Pinós, awarded by the Catalan regional govern) to conduct research at the Freie Universität Berlin (Arbeitsstelle Europäische Integration, OSI).

He teaches courses on the contemporary international system, international environmental politics, and IR theory. He is part of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, a research group based at IBEI. 

Formació acadèmica

  • (2004) PhD Relaciones Internacionales, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


April and July 2017. Favourable report (merit in research) by AQU (Agència per la Qualitat del Sistema Universitat de Catalunya) on my research for the periods 2005-2010 and 2011-2016.

March 2012. Favourable report by AQU (Agència per la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya) to run for Associate professor positions.

October 2011. Favourable report by ANECA (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación) to run for Senior Lecturer positions.

2006. Postdoctoral grant Beatriu de Pinós (Catalan regional government), 2006BP-A 100062.


Línies d'investigació

  • Política Ambiental Internacional
  • Política exterior de la UE
  • UE i les institucions multilaterals

Clústers de recerca de l'IBEI

Publicacions més destacades

  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2018.A research agenda on the politicization of EU external relationsJournal of European Public Policy,DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2018.1478878Enllaç
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol; Müller, Patrick

    2018.Une Liaison Transnationale: Exploring the Role of NGOs in EU Foreign Policy-making on the ICCComparative European Politics,Enllaç
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2017.Assessing influence between International OrganizationsIn: R. Biermann and J.A. Koops (eds.)Palgrave Handbook of Inter-organizational Relations in World Politics.(pp. 389-405).Houndmills Basingstoke Hampshire:Palgrave Macmillan
  • Barbé, Esther; Costa Fernández, Oriol; Kissack, Robert.2016.The EU policy responses to a shifting multilateral systemHoundmills Basingstoke Hampshire:Palgrave MacmillanEnllaç
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2014.La Unión Europea en las negociaciones internacionales del climaIn: E. Barbé (dir)La Unión Europea en las Relaciones Internacionales(pp. 336-353).Madrid:Tecnos
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol; Jørgensen, Knud Erik (eds)

    2013.When multilateralism hits Brussels. Preliminary results on the influence of international institutions on the EUIn: K.E. Jørgensen and K.V. Laatikainen (eds)Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions. Performance, Policy, Power(pp. 416-428).London:Routledge
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2013.A force for and because of multilateralism. When is the EU a multilateralist actor in world society?Journal of European Public Policy,20(8):1213-28Enllaç
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2010.Convergence on the fringe: The environmental dimension of Euro-Mediterranean co-operationMediterranean Politics,15(2):149-168Enllaç
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol; Barbé, Esther; Herranz Surrellés, Anna; Natorski, Michal

    2009.Which rules shape the EU's external governance? Patterns of rule selection in foreign and security policiesJournal of European Public Policy,16(6):834-882Enllaç
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol; Harris, P (ed)

    2009.Who Decides EU Foreign Policy on Climate Change?: Actors, Alliances, and InstitutionsIn: P. Harris (ed)Climate Change and Foreign Policy: Case Studies from East to West(pp. 134-147).London:Routledge
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2008.Is Climate Change Changing the EU? The Second Image Reversed in Climate PoliticsCambridge Review of International Affairs,vol 21 (4):527-544Enllaç
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2007.Where Has the Old Debate Gone? Realism, Institutionalism and IR Theory.IBEI Working Papers, 2007/5.Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol.2006.Spain as an Actor in European and International Climate Policy. From a Passive to an Active Laggard?South European Society & Politics,11(2):223-240Enllaç