Dr Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez

Dr Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez

Santander Visiting Fellow

Santander Fellow in Iberian and European Studies at the European Studies Centre - St. Antony's College, 2017-2018.

She holds both a PhD. and a Master of Research (MRes.) in History and Civilization — specialising in History of European Integration — from the European University Institute of Florence (EUI), for which she received the 'FAEY PhD Thesis European Research and Mobility Award'.

She is Associate Researcher (Established Researcher R3) at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC) of the New University of Lisbon; 2017 Laureate and Full-Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), following the five-year award by the German National Academy of Sciences 'Leopoldina' to represent Spain and the field of History; European Commission Expert, Rapporteur and Evaluator for the EU Research Executive Agency (REA) - EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme; Expert for EU COST - Cooperation for Science and Technology in Europe - EU Horizon 2020; Royal Elcano Institute Researcher (project CSO2015-67213-C2-1-P), EUI Ambassador and Section Chair and Convenor for the European International Relations Association (EISA). Earlier in 2017, she was Invited Lecturer in European Integration History and Digital Humanities at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Lille III; Scholar in Residence at the European Studies Center (ESC) - Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and Invited Expert at the College of Liberal Arts of Shanghai University -上海大学 in China. In 2016, she was EUI Vibeke Sørensen Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar Guest Lecturer and Fellow (SSASA 14) and Visiting Lecturer on Human Rights and on the History of the EU Free Movement of Persons at the Istituto per gli studi economici e giuridici Gioacchino Scaduto of the University of Perugia.  

She was recently invited as Expert on EU Enlargement History and Political Communication at LSE IDEAS - London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2013 and 2016); as Expert on EU Constitutional History at the Yale Law School (2016); as Expert on the History of European Integration and Imperial History at the All Souls College of the University of Oxford (2016); and as Expert on the History of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Schengen Area and the EU Free Movement of Persons at the Faculty of Law and at the Sydney Sussex and Darwin Colleges (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge (2014, 2016 and 2017).

She previously worked for six years as Full-time Established Researcher in European Studies (R3), Prince2 Project Manager and Research Project Director (e.g.: EU FP7, EU CIP-ICT-PSP  and Jean Monnet Action projects, etc.) at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe –University of Luxembourg, an international research centre under the aegis of the Luxembourg Ministry of Research, where she was the Principal Investigator of the project 'Spain and the European Integration Process: Vectors of Convergence, Cohesion Factors and Shifting Paradigms'. She also worked at the DG Enlargement of the European Commission in Brussels and at the US Congress-Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She was Research and Academic Associate for three years at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence, European Parliament Researcher ('50 Years of History of the European Parliament' project) and taught European Studies for the Georgetown University in Salamanca. Furthermore, she was a Lecturer, MA Thesis Supervisor and Member of the Scientific Committee of the MA in European Studies at the University of Siena and at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków and Adjunct / Guest Lecturer at the MAs in European Studies of the Universities of Luxembourg, Siegen, Bologna, Maastricht, Salamanca, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) in Argentina. She was also a Visiting Researcher at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg, the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), the George Washington University (GWU), the Berliner Kolleg für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas (BKVGE), and completed the 'Space Exploration Studies and an Astronaut Training Program' at the NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville (AL, USA). 

She coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects, conferences and peer-reviewed publications all over Europe, Asia, the United States, Canada and Latin America, focusing on: History of European Integration; Spain and the European Integration Process; EU Enlargement and the EU Free Movement of Persons; Comparative Regional Integration and Global Governance; Oral History; Critical Discourse Analysis and Digital Humanities, all from an interdisciplinary, comparative and global perspective.

Selected Publications: 

Blanco Sío-López, C.,"Inner Tensions vs. Outer Change: Political Agency Impact on Cohesion Funds Implementation in Spain in the Context of the Maastricht Treaty", Journal of European Integration History (JEIH) – Special Issue 2017- vol. 23, 'European Funding: On the Way to a New Research Agenda for European Integration History?', Peer-reviewed Journal of the European Union Liaison Committee of Historians. NOMOS & European Union Liaison Committee of Historians, December 2017. ISSN : 0947-9511, Scopus (Elsevier), pp. 263-281. DOI: 10.5771/0947-9511-2017-2-263.

Blanco Sío-López, C., "Unveiling Covectors. Correlating Migration and EC Enlargement in the Case of Spain". Journal of European Integration History (JEIH). 2017 Special Issue: Peoples and Borders. Seventy Years of Movement of Persons in Europe, to Europe, from Europe (1945-2015). Nomos and European Union Liaison Committee of Historians, ISSN 0947-9511, Scopus (Elsevier), pp. 211-237.

Blanco Sío-López, C., (co-author) "Spain at the Crossroads: From the Economic Crisis to the 2014 European Parliament Elections", Abstentionnisme, euroscepticisme et anti-européisme dans les élections européennes de 1979 à nos jours, Series: Studies in the History of European Integration (SHEI) - Institut d'études politiques de Strasbourg - Sciences Po Strasbourg -  Laboratoire FARE EA 4374 'Frontières, acteurs et représentations de l'Europe', Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag and European Union Liaison Committee of Historians, 2016, pp. 157-177.

Blanco Sío-López, C., (Guest Editor), 2015 Special Issue: Policy Innovation, Regional Integration and Sustainable Democracy Building: The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as Challenges and Vehicles. Regions and Cohesion. Journal of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC), 5(3), Winter 2015, Berghahn Journals, New York-Oxford, ISSN: 2152-906X, Scopus (Elsevier), 139 pp.  

Blanco Sío-López, C., "Instrumental Bridges or Fruitful Ties? Spain’s Role in the Consolidation of an EU-Latin America Partnership", The European Community and the World. A Historical Perspective, P.I.E. Peter Lang - Euroclio Series, Brussels, 2014, pp. 121-133.

Blanco Sío-López, C., (co-editor), Converging Pathways: Spain and the European Integration Process / Itinerarios Cruzados: España y el proceso de construcción europea, Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013, 562 pp.

Blanco Sío-López, C., "Reconditioning the 'Return to Europe': The Influence of Spanish Accession in Shaping the EU’s Eastern Enlargement Process",  The Crisis of EU Enlargement, LSE IDEAS Special Report 2013, SR018, London, London School of Economics and Political Science.