Cristina  Blanco Sío-López

Cristina Blanco Sío-López

Coordonnées professionnelles

European Studies Centre - St Antony's College, University of Oxford, European Studies Centre, 62 Woodstock Road, OX2 6JF Oxford


  • Santander Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies

Domaines de recherche

  • History of European Integration, European Studies, Global Contemporary History.
  • International Relations, Comparative Regional Integration and Global Governance, Oral History, Critical Discourse Analysis and Digital Humanities.


PhD in History and Civilization — European Integration History — EUI-Florence’08

Santander Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies

European Studies Centre – St. Antony’s College


Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is Santander Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies at the European Studies Centre – St. Antony’s College of the University of Oxford.

She is Leading Researcher R4 in European and Global Studies and Principal Investigator. She also works as Associate Researcher (Leading Researcher R4) at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC) of the New University of Lisbon; Royal Elcano Institute R4 Researcher (project CSO2015-67213-C2-1-P); EUI Ambassador and Section Chair and Convenor for the European International Relations Association (EISA).

Dr. Blanco Sío-López is 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 as global scientist.

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; Jean Monnet EUCE Research Scholar in Residence 2017 at the European Studies Center (ESC) – Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and Invited Scholar at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge and at the Center for the History of Global Developement of Shanghai University –上海大学.

In 2016 she worked as European Commission Expert, Rapporteur and Evaluator for the EU Research Executive Agency (REA) – EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme (MSCA-IF); Expert and Evaluator for EU COST – Cooperation for Science and Technology in Europe – EU Horizon 2020; 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.

Dr. Blanco Sío-López 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) and Research Project Scientific Director at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe, an international research centre under the aegis of the Luxembourg Ministry of Research. She was the Principal Investigator of the project ‘Spain and the European Integration Process: Vectors of Convergence, Cohesion Factors and Shifting Paradigms’and Scientific Coordinator for the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) and Berghahn Journals (NY, Oxford).

Dr. Blanco Sío-López 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 (EU FP6 projects: NEWGOV, IConnectEU, EMEDIATE…), 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), as DAAD Research Scholar; 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 Center in Huntsville (AL, USA).

Dr. Blanco Sío-López 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).
She received the ‘FAEY PhD Thesis European Research and Mobility Award 2008’ for her PhD thesis at the EUI entitled ‘THE ILLUSION OF NEUTRAL TIME: Myths and Perceptions of the process of Eastward Enlargement of the European Union, 1990-2004’.

She also holds a MA Hon. in European History and Politics — within the ‘History of the Idea and the Reality of Europe’ Excellence Curriculum Development MA Programme, for which 10 EU students are selected each year — from the University of Edinburgh (awarded with High Honours, A) and a BA in History from the University of Salamanca (A+ / 2002 Highest GPA Award).

Dr. Blanco Sío-López coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects, conferences and peer-reviewed publications in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, 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.

She is also Accredited Project Manager Prince2 Foundation-APMG and Member of the EUI-RSCAS Global Governance Programme (GGP) Network as participant at the EUI-RSCAS Academy of Global Governance.

Dr. Blanco Sío-López received the ‘Official Representative of the 2005-2006 European Commission Traineeship Programme Award’ as part of 50th Anniversary of the European Commission’s Traineeship Programme, held at the European Commission, in 2010, in Brussels; she was also granted the Austrian Presidency of the EU 2006 and the European Forum Alpbach Award in Salzburg as Representative of Spain interning at the European Commission. She received the 1998 Extraordinary Secondary Education Academic Award in Spain and took part in the 1996 International Academic Programme ‘Ruta Quetzal – BBVA’, organised in Bolivia by the Complutense University of Madrid, the Spanish Government, the EU and the UNESCO.

Selected publications:

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, pp. 211-237, Scopus (Elsevier).

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, 139 pp, Scopus (Elsevier).

Blanco Sío-López, C., “Dialogues beyond the ‘Fortress Europe’: Tracing back the Genesis and Evolution of the ‘Free Circulation of Persons’ Concept through European Parliament Schengen Area Debates, 1985-2015”, The Borders of Schengen, P.I.E. Peter Lang – Euroclio Series, 2015, pp. 33-51, Scopus DOI: 10.3726/978-3-0352-6576-7.

Blanco Sío-López, C. (co-author), “Migrants and European institutions: A study on the attempts to address the economic and social challenges of immigration in European Member States”, The History of Migration in Europe. Perspectives from Economics, Politics and Sociology, Routledge Explorations in Economic History series, New York, 2014, pp.126-154.

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.

Blanco Sío-López, C., The Battle for the Constitutionalisation of the Union: “Parliament, advocate of a European constitution (1979-1990)”; “Parliament’s role in preparing a constitution“; “Parliament’s reaction to the constitutional deadlock (2005-2008)“, BUILDING PARLIAMENT: 50 YEARS OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT HISTORY, 1958–2008, Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2009, pp.111-116; 116-124; 124-129.

Blanco Sío-López, C., “Matching Expectations: The Role and Response of Germany to the EU Decision to implement Eastward Enlargement, 1990-2004” in Changing Times: Germany in 20th-Century Europe. Continuity, Evolution and Breakdowns. Publisher: P.I.E. Peter Lang, Brussels, 2008, pp. 361-383.

Knowledge of languages:

Mother tongue: SPANISH

Intermediate: GERMAN (A+ in ZMP & A in DAAD Certificate C1); PORTUGUESE; CHINESE 中文 .

Intercultural skills gained in international research centres & governmental institutions in Spain, UK, US, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Bolivia, Argentina, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Portugal, Norway, Austria, China…
Historical & policy-oriented qualitative research; scientific coordination; research project management; lecturing & research-led teaching; international conference coordination; team work; peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Blanco Sío-López is interested in working at International Research Institutes and Supranational Institutions (Global and European).

ORCID 0000-0002-1172-2450

Scopus Author ID: 57188700444

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