The Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). IBEI is an inter-university institute created in 2004 as a joint effort of all five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) to promote postgraduate training and research in politics and international relations in order to advance the understanding of global challenges to governance in our world. Now into its second decade, IBEI has become consolidated and achieved a high level of recognition as an academic and research centre at both European and international level.
The Institute was formally established as a private foundation and inter-university institute by the five public universities in the Greater Barcelona area: Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; along with the CIDOB Foundation and five government institutions. This consortium includes the universities ranked 1,3,6 and 7 in Spain in the QS world ranking, ensuring an unrivalled breath of expertise in training and research. IBEI scholars are internationally oriented in their research focus. They have published a large number of books and also contribute regularly to leading European and international journals. Faculty members participate in multiple academic networks of scholars of European and international scope. IBEI researchers are active mainly in the fields of international relations, comparative politics and political economy, and are involved in many externally funded research projects (at both Spanish and European levels).
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