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Laia Comerma Calatayud

Laia Comerma

Predoctoral Fellow Joan Oró (FI), Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Laia Comerma is a PhD candidate in the program of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, under the supervision of Prof. Jacint Jordana. She obtained a predoctoral contract (FI) from the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) under the support of the European Social Fund. Her research fields of interest are foreign policy analysis, Chinese foreign policy and EU-China cooperation.

She holds a Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economy from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Postgraduate Degree in International Commerce and Economy from the Universitat of Barcelona. Her PhD dissertation “EU-China cooperation: the multilevel correspondence between the economic foreign policy relations of the two great powers” digs deeper on the actors and institutions that structure the foreign policy relation of economic cooperation between China and the European Union.

Background and education

  • (2020-Present) PhD in Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • (2019-2020) Postgraduate Degree in International Commerce and Economy, Universitat de Barcelona
  • (2017-2018) Master's Degree in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • (2013-2017) Bachelor's Degre in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


  • (2020-2023) Pre-doctoral scholarship: FI Grant (Research Training Grant). AGAUR. Government of Catalonia. Link
  • (2017-2018) Diplocat grant for international studies. Link
  • (2017) UPF Extraordinary Award. Link


Research interests

  • International Relations
  • European Union
  • China Foreign Policy
  • Political economy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis

Selected publications

  • Comerma Calatayud, Laia.2023.The complex relationship between Europe and Chinese investment: The case of Piraeus.Lau China Institute Working Papers,2023/01 China in focus. King's College LondonLinkLogo open access
  • Comerma Calatayud, Laia.2022.Multilateralism and avoiding the prisoner's dilemma: Europe's role in upholding multilateralism in global governance.FEU Journal,February 2022LinkLogo open access
  • Comerma Calatayud, Laia.2022.Democracy “with Chinese characteristics”? Analysis of the ontological and political challenge China poses for the evolution of democracy.Institute of European Democrats Research Paper,October 2022LinkLogo open access
  • Comerma Calatayud, Laia.2021.Can the EU’s soft power counter China’s hard line? Comparison of the twopower’s international response to the COVID-19 crisis.Institute of European Democrats Research Paper,LinkLogo open access

With the support of:

Ajuts Joan Oró per a la contractació de personal investigador predoctoral en formació (FI)