Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Blanco Sío-López
University of Pittsburgh
Website URL
European Integration History (Comparative EC/EU Enlargement, the Schengen Area and the EU Free Movement of Persons), Global History of the Present, Global Governance and Comparative Regional Integration, European Contemporary History, Critical Discourse Analysis, Oral History, Digital Humanities
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Limited availability but could agree to contribute at specific times

Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellow and Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project ‘Navigating Schengen: Historical Challenges and Potentialities of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons, 1985-2015’ (NAVSCHEN) at the European Studies Center (ESC) – EU Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh from 2019 to 2021. She will then join the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. NAVSCHEN will produce the first dedicated critical historical analysis on the transnational roots, debates and conditions for the implementation of the EU’s free movement of persons. The project will address the empowering value of these normative legacies to tackle current challenges to human mobility rights in the European integration process, including its global governance reverberations.

She previously was Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics at the University of Groningen and ‘Santander’ Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies at the European Studies Centre (ESC) – St. Antony’s College of the University of Oxford, where she remains a Senior Member.

She received the 2018-2019 Council for European Studies (CES) – IMSISS Senior Visiting Fellowship Award at the University of Glasgow to work on Human Mobility Rights and European Integration. In 2019 she was ‘Oxford Centre for Economic and Social History’ Invited Lecturer on ‘The Solidarity Principle and the EU’s Free Movement of Persons’ at St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford and Law, Justice and Society’ Invited Lecturer at Wolfson College, Oxford.

She is a Full Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), after the five years Award of the German National Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina’. She is also co-Director of the ‘Global Passport for Scholars’ (GPS) Initiative at the GYA and Member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), which she has been invited to represent at the World Science Forum (WSF).

She is also Leading Associate Researcher R4 at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC) — New University of Lisbon. Dr. Blanco Sío-López was also a Senior Lecturer on ‘Qualitative Approaches to Human Mobility and European Integration’ for the EU Science Hub Evidence-informed policymakingEuropean CommissionJoint Research Centre (JRC) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. In 2017 she was Research 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 Shanghai University – 上海大学.

She previously worked as Principal Investigator (PI), Lecturer and Leading Researcher in European Studies at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe – University of Luxembourg for six years. She also worked at the Robert Schuman for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence, at the DG Enlargement of the European Commission and at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the US Congress in Washington, D. C.

Dr. Blanco Sío-López was also Invited Expert in European Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE (2013 and 2016); the Yale Law School (2016); All Souls College, University of Oxford (2016 and 2019) and at the Faculty of Law and the Sydney Sussex and Darwin Colleges (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge (2014, 2016 and 2017). She was also Section Chair for the European International Studies Association (EISA), Salzburg Global Seminar Lecturer and EUI Global Governance Program Network Member.

She obtained her PhD in History and Civilization (European Integration History) at the European University Institute of Florence (EUI), for which she received the FAEY Best PhD Thesis European Research and Mobility Award 2008.

She coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects, conferences and peer-reviewed publications in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her research and publications focus on European Integration History — with an accent on enlargement policy temporalities and the Schengen area fundamental rights — Global Governance, Comparative Regional Integration and Digital Humanities.


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Recent Publications

Blanco Sío-López, C,. “Transitional Margins to Re-Join the West: Spain’s Dual Strategy of Democratisation and Europeanisation” in Margins for Manoeuvre in Cold War Europe. The Influence of Smaller Powers, NY, Routledge / Taylor & Francis, 2019.

Blanco Sío-López, C., “The Future that Once Was: 1989, the EU’s Eastward enlargement and democracy’s missed chances” in 1989 and the West: Western Europe since the End of the Cold War, NY, Routledge / Taylor & Francis, 2019, pp. 169-187.

Blanco Sío-López, C., “Diplomatic Agent” in Dictionary of Statuses within EU Law: The Individual Statuses as Pillar of European Union Integration, Berlin, Springer EU Law Series, 2019, pp. 133-140.

Blanco Sío-López, C., ‘Precarity vs. academic inclusiveness’, Connections, Global Young Academy (GYA), German Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina’, Issue 7, 2019.

Blanco Sío-López, C., Contributor to the ‘Migration‘ section of the Charta 2020: A Charter of European Public Goods‘, EUI – Agora Europa – Presented to the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels on 20 March 2019.

Blanco Sío-López, C., ‘The Warping of Winds’. Romulus (18), Wolfson College, Unoversity of Oxford, 2018.

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.2, ISSN 0947-9511, Scopus (Elsevier), pp. 263-281, History 2017 – Q1.

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), History, 2017 – Q1.

Blanco Sío-López, C.,”Designing Scenarios on Inclusive Globalisation: Europe 2020 and the Social Dimension of EU’s External Policy”, Book: ‘Austerity and the Implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in Spain. Re-shaping the European Productive and Social Model’, Complutense Institute of International Studies (ICEI), ISBN: 9782807604506, pp. 77-101.

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.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
European Union Member States, Spain, Germany, Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs)
Expertise by Geography
Germany, Latin America, Mediterranean, Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Government, Human Rights, Law, Libraries & Archives, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Public History