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Irina Ciornei

Irina Ciornei

Marie-Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow


Irina Ciornei is Marie-Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow at IBEI with the project "The missing pillar. European social policy and Eurosceptic challenges" (SOCIALEU) where she investigates the relationship between supranational social policy and Euroscepticism based on an original methodology that combines qualitative inquiry and experimental research. Irina's work focuses on topics related to European politics, immigrant incorporation and public policy implementation.

Irina holds a PhD in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Previously she was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bern. In her previous work she dealt with the transnationalisation of party politics, emigrant political participation and governance of morality policies. She published her work in the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics and Party Politics.

Background and education

  • (2014) PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


  • 2019. MSCA Individual Fellowship


Research interests

  • Migration Studies
  • Governance and policy implementation
  • European politics and policy-making

Research projects

  • Reconnecting citizens to the administrative state (RECONNECT) (Researcher)
  • SOCIALEU-European social policy and eurosceptic challenges (2019-2021). MSCA-IF. PI: Irina Ciornei

  • Religion  and morality  policy – An analysis of  the  influence  of religious groups during the implementation stage (2017-2020). Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the German Science Foundation (DFG). PI University of Bern: Christian Joppke; Irina Ciornei. PI LMU Munich: Christoph Knill, Eva-Marie Euchner.

Selected publications

  • Ciornei, Irina; Østergaard-Nielsen, Eva

    2020.Transnational turnout. Determinants of emigrant voting in home country elections.Political Geography,Vol. 78, AprilLink
  • Østergaard-Nielsen, Eva; Ciornei, Irina; Lafleur, Jean-Michel

    2019.Why do parties support emigrant voting rights?.European Political Science Review,11(3):377-394Link
  • Barbulescu, Roxana; Ciornei, Irina; Varela, Albert

    2019.Understanding Romanians' Cross-border Mobility in Europe: Movers, Stayers and Returnees.In:

    Recchi E. et al (eds)

    Everyday Europe: Social Transnationalism in an Unsettled Continent.Polity Press,pp: 195-225.
  • Østergaard-Nielsen, Eva; Ciornei, Irina

    2019.Political parties and the transnational mobilization of the emigrant vote.West European Politics,42(3):618-644Link
  • Ciornei, Irina; Apaydin, FulyaDíez Medrano, Juan

    2019.Explaining Solidarity in the European Union.In:

    Ettore Recchi, Díez Medrano, Mike Savage et al

    Everyday Europe: Cross-border Lives in Europe.London:Policy Press.Link
  • Weber, W; Ciornei, Irina

    2018.Solidaridad europea y crisis financiera.In:

    Mariano Torcal (ed)

    Opinion publica y cambio electoral en España.Centro de Investigaciones Sociologicas (CIS),pp: 59-75.
  • Østergaard-Nielsen, Eva; Ciornei, Irina

    2017.Making the absent present: political parties and emigrant issues in country of origin parliaments.Party Politics,online first, March 2017Link
  • Ciornei, Irina, Recchi, E

    2017.The sources of European solidarity? Assessing the effects of cross-border practices and political attitudes.Journal of Common Market Studies,55(3):468-485Link
  • Ciornei, Irina.2016.European mobility and local political incorporation.Migration Studies,4 (1):38-58Link
  • Ciornei, Irina.2014.The political candidacy of EU migrants in their countries of residence. The case of British and Romanians standing in Spanish local elections.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,40(9):1375-1393Link
  • Ciornei, Irina.2012.The political incorporation of immigrant associations and religious organizations of the Romanian immigrants in Spain.Studia Sociologia,57(2):51-76Link
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