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Esther Barbé

Esther Barbé

Senior Research Associate, IBEI

Professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Esther Barbé is Professor of International Relations at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Prof. Barbé holds a doctorate in Political Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research areas focus on Spanish foreign policy, European Union foreign policy, Euro-mediterranean relations, international security, power transition and normative contestation in multilateral institutions. Her work has been published among other journals in International Affairs, European Journal of Public Policy, Cooperation and Conflict and Mediterranean Politics.

Prof. Barbé is member of the Scientific Council of the Real Instituto Elcano. She has also been a member of the Scientific Council of the European University Institute. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of various scientific journals, among them the European Journal of International Relations and the European Review of International Studies.

Since 2001, Prof. Barbé is director of the Consolidated Research Group "Observatori de Política Exterior Europea", acknowledged by the Generalitat de Catalunya (AGAUR). She has also participated as main researcher in the projects CHALLENGE (6th EU Framework Programme), EUPROX (National Plan I+D+i 2004-2007), DYNAMUS (National Plan I+D+i 2008-2011), EU-IANUS (National Plan I+D+i 2012-2015). 

Background and education

  • (1986) PhD in Political Sciences, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • (1979) BA in Information Sciences, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • (1981) Diplôme International Relations section, Institut d'études Politiques, Sciences Po, París


Research interests

  • Euro-Mediterranean relations
  • International Security
  • Multilateralism
  • Spanish and European Union's foreign policy

Selected publications

  • Barbé, EstherBadell Sánchez, Diego

    2019.The European Union and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: United in Diversity?.In:

    Johansson-Nogués, ElisabethVlaskamp, MartijnBarbé, Esther

    European Union Contested. Foreign Policy in a New Global Context.Springer.Link
  • Johansson-Nogués, ElisabethVlaskamp, MartijnBarbé, Esther

    2019.European Union Contested. Foreign Policy in a New Global Context.Springer.Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2019.La UE en las instituciones de gobernanza global.In:

    Ares, Cristina y Bouza, Luis (eds.)

    Política de la Unión Europea: Crisis y continuidad.Madrid:Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.Link
  • Barbé, Esther; Morillas, Pol

    2019.The EU global strategy: the dynamics of a more politicized and politically integrated foreign policy.Cambridge Review of International Affairs,DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2019.1588227Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2018.Los Derechos Humanos en Naciones Unidas y la Unión Europea como actor internacional.In: Salinas de Frías, Ana Mª y Martínez Pérez, Enrique J. (dirs).La Unión Europea y la protección de los derechos fundamentales.Tirant lo Blanc,pp: 319-342.Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2016.La estrategia global de la Unión Europea: el camino del medio.Revista General de Derecho Europeo,40:1-10Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2016.Contestación normativa y Consejo de Seguridad: la agenda mujeres, paz y seguridad o de la resolución 1325 a la resolución 2242.Revista Española de Derecho Internacional,68 (2):103-132Link
  • Barbé, Esther; Costa Fernández, Oriol; Kissack, Robert.2016.The EU policy responses to a shifting multilateral system.Houndmills Basingstoke Hampshire:Palgrave Macmillan.Link
  • Barbé, Esther; Herranz-Surralles, Anna; Natorski, Michal

    2015.Contending metaphors of the Europen Union as global actor: Norms and power in the European discourse on multilateralism.Journal of Language and Politics,vol. 14, num. 1:18-40Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2014.La Unión Europea en las Relaciones Internacionales.Madrid:Tecnos, 440 pp.Link
  • Barbé, Esther (dir)

    2012.Cambio mundial y gobernanza global. La interacción entre la Unión Europea y las instituciones internacionales.Madrid:Tecnos, 215 pp.Link
  • Barbé, Esther; Herranz-Surralles, Anna

    2012.The Challenge of Differentiation in Euro-Mediterranean Relations. Flexible Regional Cooperation or Fragmentation.London:Routledge.Link
  • Barbé, Esther; Herranz-Surralles, Anna

    2010.Introduction: Convergence, Differentiation and Region Building in the Euro-Mediterranean Space.Meditarranean Politics,vol. 15, num. 2:129-147Link
  • Barbé, Esther (dir)

    2010.La Unión Europea más allá de sus fronteras. ¿Hacia la transformación del Mediterráneo y Europa Oriental?.Madrid:Tecnos, 196 pp.Link
  • Barbé, EstherCosta Fernández, Oriol; Herranz-Surralles, Anna; Johansson-Nogués, Elisabeth; Natorski, Michal; Sabiote, Maria A

    2009.Drawing neighbours closer… to what? Explaining emerging patterns of policy convergente between the EU and its neighbours.Cooperation and Conflict,vol. 44, num. 4:378-399Link
  • Costa Fernández, Oriol; Barbé, Esther; Herranz Surrellés, Anna; Natorski, Michal

    2009.Which rules shape EU external governance? Patterns of rule selection in foreign and security policies.Journal of European Public Policy,16 (6), septiembre 2009:834-852Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2009.Multilateralism matters more than ever.Global Society,23 (2):191-203Link
  • Barbé, EstherJohansson-Nogués, Elisabeth

    2008.The EU as a modest 'force for good': the European Neighbourhood Policy.International Affairs,84 (1):81-96Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2007.Relaciones Internacionales.Madrid:Tecnos (3rd edition), 413 pp.Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2004.The evolution of CFSP institutions: Where does democratic accountability stand?.Spectator,num. 2:47-60Link
All publications