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Aitor Bonsoms

Aitor Bonsoms

Predoctoral Fellow FPU


Aitor Bonsoms is a Predoctoral FPU researcher in the framework of the research project "Visions and practices of geopolitics in the European Union and its neighbourhood" (VISIONS) coordinated by Dr. Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués. He is a PhD candidate in the program Politics, Policies and International Relations at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His research fields of interest are discourse analysis, European foreign affairs (particularly regarding MENA region), critical security studies and post-structural approaches to social, political and policy studies. He holds a Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (UPF, UAM and UC3M) and a MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis (University of Essex).

Background and education

  • (2019-Present) PhD candidate in International Relations (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • (2017-2018) MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis (University of Essex)
  • (2013-2017) BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (UPF, UAM and UC3M)


  • 2020-2024. FPU Scholarship by Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities
  • 2014. Philosophy, Politics and Economics mobility award by Obra Social "La Caixa"
  • 2013-2017. General Grant of the Spanish Ministry of Education

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)


Research interests

  • International Relations
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Discourse Analysis
  • European Union foreign Policy
  • Europe and MENA Region

Selected publications

  • Bonsoms, Aitor; Schmitt, Lewin

    2022.AI at the Gates: Present and Future of AI Border Management.In:

    Kausch, Kristina (dir.)

    Liberty’s Doom? Artificial Intelligence in Middle Eastern Security.EUROMESCO joint policy study.LinkLogo open access


  • International Political Science Association Conference, 10-15 June 2021, online

  • Council for European Studies 27th International Conference of Europeanists on 21-25 June 2021, online

  • Council for European Studies’ 26th International Conference of Europeanists on 20-22 June 2019 at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • 69th PSA Annual International Conference on 15-17 April 2019 at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom