Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

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Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
Type Inter-university Postgraduate Institute
Established 2004
Director Dr. Jacint Jordana
Academic staff
Students 150
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27. Ciutadella Campus (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
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Campus Ciutadella Campus
Nickname IBEI
Affiliations APSIA
Website [1]

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals or IBEI[1] (in English: Barcelona Institute of International Studies) is an inter-university research institute and postgraduate education center located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. IBEI was established in 2004 as a joint initiative between five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area (University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Open University of Catalonia) and the CIDOB Foundation (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) with the aim of promoting advanced training and research in international relations and related subjects. The director of the Institute is Jacint Jordana, Professor of Political Science at the Pompeu Fabra University, and the president is Narcís Serra, former Minister of Defense and former Vice President of Spain.


IBEI is located at the UPF Ciutadella Campus[2] and offers several postgraduate: Master in International Relations (since 2004-05), Master in International Security (since 2012-13), Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy - MUNDUS MAPP (since 2012-13),[3] and Master in International development (since 2016-17). All master programmes are taught in English, and master in international relations has an English-Spanish bilingual version. The programmes are offered by IBEI as joint degrees from Pompeu Fabra University, University of Barcelona and Autonomous University of Barcelona.

IBEI is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).[4] IBEI's masters are accredited as official university master's degrees. Students are mostly from abroad; every year students from more than 40 countries are admitted. The high level of internationalization of IBEI academic programmes has been recognized by the distinctive mention International Master's Program (IMP2013)[5] granted by the Generalitat de Catalonia for the Master in International Relations. IBEI has experienced a steady increase in the affluence of students. More than 150 students are currently enrolled in its master programmes.

IBEI teaching staff, also highly diversified internationally, shows a strong research profile, with more than 20 doctoral researchers. Several professors from universities in the Barcelona area complete the teaching staff. The Institute has developed a significant scientific production that focuses on the relationship between domestic affairs and the international dimension into four major areas: Global Governance, Networks and Institutions in a Globalized Economy, Development and Security, and Power and Multilateralism in a Global World. IBEI is currently one of the focal points at European level in the field of Political Science and International Affairs.[6]


IBEI was founded in 2004 as an "inter-university institute," meaning that multiple universities in Catalonia cooperated to establish it, fund it and support its operations. These affiliated institutions include Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the CIDOB Foundation.


The Institute was located in Elisabets Street for ten years, in the neighborhood of El Raval, Ciutat Vella in Barcelona. The sixteenth-century building, located next to the CIDOB, is part of the complex of the House of Mercy, an old school for orphaned girls. Since September 2014, due to the need of expansion, IBEI happens to be located on the UPF Ciutadella Campus, next to Barcelona Zoo, Parc de la Ciutadella and the Olympic Port.

IBEI is placed at Mercè Rodoreda Building,[7] in Ramon Trias Fargas Street, 25-27. The campus is next to the subway Ciutadella - Vila Olimpica station, to the light rail stations Wellington and Ciutadella - Vila Olimpica, and to the bus stops Marina - Doctor Trueta, Icària - Parc Carles I and Sardenya - Pg. Pujades. The Institute shares the building with several research groups, has access to all the campus facilities and to the libraries of the University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University.[8]


IBEI aims to promote scientific knowledge through advanced research and postgraduate training, stimulating the understanding of the global challenges of our world. The Institute is a European leader growing new generations of professionals involved in resolving those challenges within the scientific framework of international studies. It provides training programmes for academic excellence and produces internationally competitive research.[9]


IBEI logo

The logo of IBEI consists of a black square divided into four equal parts, each containing one of the letters of its acronym. Every square has a different background: yellow, red, blue and black.

Legal personality[edit]

The Barcelona Institute of International Studies is legally set as a private foundation. It is a non-profit organization and is listed as a full legal personality at the Register of Foundations of the Generalitat of Catalonia.[10] IBEI is organized as an inter-university research institute[11] and is governed by the statutes of its Foundation and its Internal Regulations.[12]

Organization and Government[edit]

IBEI is chaired by Narcís Serra, Spanish economist and politician who served, among other positions, as Mayor of Barcelona (1979-1982), Minister of Defense of Spain (1982-1991) and Vice President of Spain (1991-1995).

The Director of the Institute is Jacint Jordana, Professor of Political Science at the Pompeu Fabra University.[13] His research efforts are focused on the analysis of comparative public policy, regulatory policies and institutions.

The Board is the main governing body of the Foundation, while the Scientific Council is responsible for academic competences. IBEI also has a prestigious International Academic Council chaired by Javier Solana, meeting biannually to discuss the strategic planning.

Teaching Quality[edit]

IBEI's courses are planned within a System of Internal Quality under the responsibility of the Scientific Council of the Institute. The system assesses the satisfaction of students and the overall functioning of the programmes through the Commission of Teaching Quality, the body responsible of managing and tracking training programmes. IBEI's academic offer is listed in the Register of Universities and Titles of the Ministry of Education of Spain.[14]

Sponsorships and academic partnerships[edit]

IBEI is sponsored by the City of Barcelona, Barcelona Province, "La Caixa" Foundation, the Catalan government and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona among other organizations and companies.

The Institute also has partnership programmes with other institutions such as the European Commission joining the Erasmus Mundus programme being part of the Consortium MUNDUS MAPP Universities, along with University of York, International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, and Central European University in Budapest. Likewise, IBEI has signed cooperation agreements with several academic institutions in Europe, Asia and America for developing joint activities, exchange of students and teachers and further academic initiatives.

Study Programmes[edit]

IBEI's academic programme currently consists of four postgraduate courses: Master in International Relations, Master in International Security, Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) and Master in International Development. Summer Courses about topics of interest within the sphere of international relations and international economic policy are also organized every year. The teaching language is English, although the Master in International Relations has an English-Spanish bilingual option. Students are required of a college degree and an advanced level of English to enroll.

Master's in International Relations[edit]

The Master's in International Relations is the first to be launched and gets the larger inflow of students. It has an average of 90 students enrolled every year from more than 30 different nationalities. It's taught in two versions: bilingual (English-Spanish) and English, as well as full-time in one year or part-time in two.

It offers three areas of specialization: Political Economy of Development, Global Governance and Peace and Security. The interdisciplinary programme aims to prepare students to understand the complexities of today's world and develop the necessary skills to pursue a career in the international arena from a wide range of academic backgrounds and geographical perspectives. IBEI has agreements with various international organizations, NGO, governments and multinational corporations to provide internships for students.[15]

Master's in International Security[edit]

The Master's in International Security is offered from 2012–13 and has an average of about 20 students every year from 15 different nationalities.

The master is taught in English and full-time in one year. The academic programme provides students with the necessary knowledge on political science, international relations, economics and global security for students looking to start a career in the area of Defense and International Security. The master has also a specific internship programme.[16]

Master's in International Development[edit]

One-year master taught from the academic year 2016-2017. Its interdisciplinary programme is aimed at providing students with knowledge in development from an international perspective. Professor Max Spoor, from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague and associate professor at IBEI, is in charge of designing the programme.

Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP)[edit]

The Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) is a 2-year-long international Masters course funded by the European Commission. This programme is offered jointly by IBEI, Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague (The Netherlands), and University of York (United Kingdom). Students may choose from the following specializations: Political Economy of Development, Governance and Development, European Public Policy and Global Public Policy.[17] The master has its own internship programme funded by the European Commission.

Training courses[edit]

IBEI organizes every year a summer school within the sphere of international relations, global governance and international political economy. In previous years, courses were taught by internationally renowned academics such as Helen Milner or Andrew Moravcsik. IBEI also organizes other activities throughout the academic year, such as the Master in Diplomacy and Foreign Action with DIPLOCAT (Generalitat of Catalonia)[18] or Barcelona Gov' network courses, being IBEI one of the members together with the City of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University and IGOP (Autonomous University of Barcelona).[19]


ALIBEI, the Alumni Association of the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, was founded in 2008 with the aim of fostering and strengthening relationships among alumni of the institute. It has a mentoring programme in which former student volunteers guide new students during admission and registration processes.


IBEI's research activities are organized around cross-cutting and interdisciplinary research clusters that 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 on a common theme and provides them with a platform to discuss their work, exchange views, and start joint research initiatives. Likewise, IBEI encourages exchange and collaboration with other centres and researchers in order to promote the production and dissemination of quality research.

Currently there are five IBEI research clusters. The cluster on globalization and public policy focuses on the way globalization influences, and is influenced by, the capacity of different actors to defend and promote their economic and political interests. The cluster on norms and rules in international relations studies the role of rules and norms in maintaining international order, as well as the extent to which formal and informal institutional actors contest them. The cluster on institutions, inequality and development explores the economic and political dynamics that generate diverse inequality patterns and lead to varying developmental outcomes across the globe. The cluster on security, conflict and peace looks at the drivers, consequences and politics of conflict and political violence, along with strategies that can be taken to prevent or deal with the outcomes. And the cluster on states, diversity and collective identities investigates the role of the state, supranational institutions and civil society actors in the construction and mobilization of collective identities.

IBEI faculty engage in a variety of research projects with international teams funded by the European Commission, the Spanish Government or the Catalan Government, among other funding sources. IBEI also runs a working papers series that disseminates work in progress. More detailed information on IBEI's research activities can be found in the research report published evert two years.

Previous Research Programmes[edit]

Research programmes were focused in three areas: Global Governance, Networks and Institutions in a Global Economy, and Security, Power and Multilateralism in a Global World.[20] The research projects are funded mostly through competitive calls for papers from the European Commission, the Government of Spain, the Catalan Government and other public and private institutions. Since 2008, IBEI has obtained funding for around thirty research projects.

IBEI pays particular attention to the existing challenges to be overthrown for a more balanced and multipolar international system. The scientific production of the institute is focused on connecting the interests and concerns of today's society with the dynamics of globalization and internationalization. Likewise, IBEI encourages exchange and collaboration with other centers and research professionals in order to promote the production and dissemination of quality research.

IBEI has also conducted research projects with international teams such as CONSENSUS, EUCROSS, BEUCITIZEN, TRANSCRISIS (funded by the European Commission), EU-PERFORM, EUMARR or GLOBALDEMOS (funded by the Government of Spain). IBEI has a series of working papers that disseminate academic papers representing work in progress.[21] Every two years, IBEI publishes a research report with its activities and research results.

Global Governance[edit]

Global governance captures the changing patterns in which common problems are dealt with in today's increasingly interdependent world. Building on classical multilateral forms of cooperation, it encompasses today a bewildering array of actors and institutions. Public and private actors, formal and informal institutions, intergovernmental and transnational forms of regulation interact in an often uncoordinated, sometimes competitive, and typically highly complex structure. The research programme on global governance seeks to understand the shape of global governance, its changing legal and normative framework as well as accountability mechanisms as they are adapting to the changing institutional landscape. The research programme is coordinated by Nico Kirsch.[22]

The main areas of research are: International institutions and governance structures, Actors and networks in global regulatory governance, Forms of global authority, The legitimacy of global law, Constitutional interfaces between regimes in global governance and Popular sovereignty in the global order.

Networks and Institutions in a Global Economy[edit]

The aim of this research programme is to analyze the political and social context created by the acceleration of globalization processes from the last decade of the 20th onwards, including the intensification of trade integration processes at an international level and the dynamics of the new regionalism. From the perspective of political economy, a central concern of this programme are the changes in the composition and comparative strengths of the different actors participating in the creation of public institutions and policies, whether national or transnational. The research programme is coordinated by Juan Díez Medrano.[23]

The main thematic areas of research are: The dynamics and politics of development, The impacts of regional integration processes, The transnationalization of economic activities, The spread of policies and institutions and Democracy, states and growth.

Security, Power and Multilateralism in a Global World[edit]

The programme addresses different dimensions of the "new" security agenda, which incorporates problems of global scope (energy and environmental risks, transnational crime, global terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, massive population movements) that mutually reinforce both each other and traditional problems (armed conflicts, persistent poverty). Research is based on a multilateral logic, focusing on the effectiveness and legitimacy of the current security policies. The research programme is coordinated by Esther Barbé.[24]

The main thematic areas of research are: Multilateral security institutions, Construction of the global security agenda, Conflict management and prevention, Fragile state, globalization and armed conflict and The European Union in the security sphere.

IBEI Working Papers[edit]

IBEI has a Working Papers series to disseminate academic documents representing work in progress, such as literature reviews, papers to be presented at conferences, first versions of articles or seminar drafts. The aim of this series is to provide a medium for the early publication of ongoing research projects.


About twenty teachers and researchers work on a regular basis at IBEI, complemented with a significant number of visiting professors, postdoctoral researchers and various contributors. IBEI has a visiting programme for teachers from universities and research centers who are interested in international research. Since 2008, more than 70 visitor professors and researchers have passed through the facilities of IBEI. IBEI also encourages young PhD graduates to apply to competitive calls and develop their research at the Institute.

IBEI's management team, consisting of 15 people, is responsible of the admission processes for the master's degrees, the academic management, the coordination of research projects and executive training, institutional relations and corporate communications tasks, and the economic and administrative management.


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