Social Sciences


International relations, politics, governance, development, inequality, globalization, security, conflict, migration.




Fundació Cercle d’Economia – Fundació Centre d’Estudis i Documentació Internacionals a Barcelona (CIDOB) – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Universitat de Barcelona – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Ajuntament de Barcelona – Diputació de Barcelona – Generalitat de Catalunya – Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) – Fundació “la Caixa” – Societat Econòmica Barcelonesa d’Amics del País (SEBAP)



Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27. 08005 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 542 30 30

Thinking globally in Barcelona

The Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) is an interuniversity institute, created in 2004, to promote postgraduate training and research in politics and international relations. Aiming to advance the understanding of global challenges facing the world, IBEI is a centre of academic excellence that combines outstanding research with high-quality teaching and career development opportunities.

Located at the crossroads between Europe, the Mediterranean and Latin America, Barcelona provides a unique environment to ponder the intricacies of governance, development and security on a global scale.

Our research is cross-cutting and interdisciplinary. The research clusters listed below reveal some key research areas at IBEI and are indicative of the institute’s particular strengths in international studies. Each cluster brings together IBEI faculty members, affiliated professors, visiting scholars and doctoral students who share expertise in a common field and provides them with a platform to discuss their work, exchange views, and start joint research initiatives. Cluster activities include, but are not limited to, work-in-progress meetings, retreats, workshops, training sessions and networking events with other research groups and centres.

  • Globalization and Public Policy
  • Norms and Rules in International Politics
  • Institutions, Inequality and Development
  • Security, Conflict and Peace
  • States, Diversity and Collective Identities

Drawn from over 40 nationalities, graduate students find the enriching multilingual and culturally diverse environment they encounter at IBEI rewarding. Over the years, graduates of IBEI have gone on to work for international organizations, NGOs, multinationals, foreign ministries, embassies around the world, and completed PhD programmes in prestigious universities.