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Adrià Rivera Escartin

Adrià Rivera-foto

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, OILDOWN project


Adrià Rivera has a PhD in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He was a Predoctoral Fellow FPU at IBEI.

He obtained a predoctoral contract from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (FPU). His fields of interest are European external action, in particular regarding the southern neighbourhood, and human rights and democratisation. He holds a Bachelor in Political Science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris.

Background and education

  • (2018-2023) PhD in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • (2015-2017) MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Sciences Po Paris
  • (2013-2014) Erasmus, Sciences Po Paris
  • (2011-2015) BA in Political Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


  • 2021. Manuel Castillo Award, Universitat de València.
  • 2015. Extraordinary end of studies award, Political Science and Administration, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


Research interests

  • EU foreign policy
  • Human Rights and democratization

Selected publications

  • Rivera Escartin, Adrià.2023.Elite polarization and democratic backsliding in Tunisia: tracing agency-driven mechanisms.Democratization,DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2023.2284873Link
  • Rivera-Escartin, AdriàJohansson-Nogués, Elisabeth

    2022.Harraga and Europe: The emotional geographies of undocumented migrants in Tunisian filmmaking.Political Geography,Volume 94, April 2022, 102580LinkLogo open access
  • Rivera-Escartin, Adrià

    2021.Tunisia’s democratisation process: when ‘consensus democracy’ undermines democratic consolidation.Third World Quarterly,DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2021.2015315Link
  • Rivera-Escartin, Adrià

    2020.La efectividad de las sanciones, ¿un problema de comunicación?.Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals,Special issue: International sanctions: The “other” effectsLinkLogo open access
  • Johansson-Nogués, ElisabethRivera-Escartin, Adrià

    2020.Supporting the Tunisian transition? Analysing (in)consistencies in EU democracy assistance with a tripartite nexus model.Democratization,27:8:1376-1393LinkLogo open access
  • Rivera-Escartin, Adrià

    2020.Populist challenges to EU foreign policy in the Southern Neighbourhood: an informal and illiberal Europeanisation?.Journal of European Public Policy,DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2020.1712459Link
All publications
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