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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, Esther.2022.El sistema internacional: imagen y análisis de las relaciones internacionales.Concepto y fuentes del Derecho Internacional.Tirant lo Blanch,pp: 105-158.Link
  • Soler, EduardBarbé, Esther

    2021.Spanish Foreign Policy: Navigating Global Shifts and Domestic Crises.In:

    Joly, Jeroen K.; Haesebrouck, Tim

    Foreign Policy Change in Europe Since 1991.Cham:Palgrave Macmillan,pp: 259-283.Link
  • Barbé, Esther (dir.)

    2021.Las normas internacionales ante la crisis del orden liberal.Madrid:Tecnos.Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2020.El inverno que no llegó: el orden internacional en tiempos de pandemia.Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (REDI),Volumen 72, nº 2Link
  • Barbé, Esther.2020.Relaciones internacionales.Madrid:Tecnos (4th edition).Link
  • Barbé, EstherBadell Sánchez, Diego

    2020.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.Cham:Springer,pp: 133-152.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; Costa Fernández, Oriol; Kissack, Robert.2016.The EU policy responses to a shifting multilateral system.Houndmills Basingstoke Hampshire:Palgrave Macmillan.Link
  • Barbé, Esther; Kienzle, Benjamin; Vlaskamp, Martijn


    Henry F. Carey (ed.)

    The Challenges of European Governance in the Age of Economic Stagnation, Immigration, and Refugees.Lanham:Lexington Books/ Rowman and Littlefield.Link
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