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) —European Commission Grant Agreement (GA) No: 841201— at the European Studies Center (ESC) — EU Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
After the end of her MSCA Senior Global Fellowship she will start a new position as 'María Zambrano' Senior Distuinguished Researcher (Investigadora Distinguida sénior) at the Universidade da Coruña (UDC) in Spain, where she will be the PI of the Next Generation EU 'FUNDEU' research project. This new position has been awarded as part of the Spanish Government Talent Attraction Programme for Outstanding International Scholars, funded by the Next Generation EU framework.
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.
Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is Member of the Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy (GYA), where she holds the ‘Strategic Partnerships’ Portfolio. She is also Co-Leader of the GYA project ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic and Art’ and is part of the research team awarded with the ‘Sasha Kagansky’ Interdisciplinary Grant 2021/22 for the GYA project ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Personal Experiences of Global Young Researchers’. Furthermore, Dr. Blanco Sío-López is a Full Member of the Spanish Young Academy / Academia Joven de España (AJE), where she represents the field of History. The AJE is supported by the by the Centre of Human and Social Sciences / Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. From 2022 she is a Full Member and Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE). She is also the Director of the ‘Global Passport for Scholars’ (GPS)® Initiative (GPS Initiative Legal Deposit: 138666).
She is currently a UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab (IPL) Expert and Moderator of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab (IPL) Team 'Historical Legacies of Free Movement and Migration Policy-Making', as well as Expert on the ‘Global Compact for Migration’ for the United Nations Network on Migration and Editorial Board Member of the Rights and Science Journal (R&S), ISSN: 2531-1352. She was Chair of the North America Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) in 2020-2021, which received the ‘Best Non-European Chapter Award 2020’ by the MCAA.
During the outgoing phase of the project she directs (2019-2021), Dr. Blanco Sío-López was a MSCA ‘Falling Walls Lab’ selected participant and finalist on the topic of 'Breaking the Wall of Human Mobility Rights' at the 'EU German Presidency Conference' 2020. She was also a selected participant and speaker at the World Science Forum (WSF) 2019 in representation of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.
In 2021 was the Co-Convenor and Coordinator of the International Conference ‘Mobility and Human Rights in European Integration: Perspectives from the Past’, held at the European Studies Center (ESC) – Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence of the (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and Convenor and Chair of the International Workshop ‘The Transatlantic Relation from 2021: Where do we go from here?’, organised as Chair of the North America Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA-NA).
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.
Dr. Blanco Sío-López is also Leading Associate Researcher R4 at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC) — New University of Lisbon and was a Senior Lecturer on ‘Qualitative Approaches to Human Mobility and European Integration’ for the EU Science Hub Evidence-informed policymaking – European Commission – Joint Research Centre (JRC) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. In 2017 she was ‘Jean Monnet EUCE – ULS’ Research Scholar in Residence at the ESC - University of Pittsburgh and Invited Expert at Shanghai University - 上海大学.
She previously worked as Principal Investigator (PI), Lecturer and Leading Researcher R4 in European Studies at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe – University of Luxembourg for six years. She also worked as Researcher at the Robert Schuman for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence for three years, as well as 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 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.
Dr. Blanco Sío-López also organised and coordinated the following international conferences:
2018: ‘Belonging and Displacement: European Mobility Labyrinths and Spanish Mirrors in Light of History' as Convenor and 'Santander' Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies 2017-2018 at the European Studies Center (ESC) - St. Antony's College of the University of Oxford.
2010: 'Spain and the European integration process’ as Convenor and Principal Investigator (PI) at the research centre CVCE at the University of Luxembourg. It was held at the Royal Monastery of Yuste (Spain) and funded by the University of Luxembourg, the European Academy of Yuste Foundation (FAEY) and the EU 'Europe for the Citizens' Programme.
2009: 5th History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS) Colloquium 'The Cultural Lens: Innovative Approaches and Methodologies on the History of European Integration' as Convenor at the European University Institute of Florence (EUI), where she obtained her PhD in History and Civilization. It was funded by the Chair for EU History and Transatlantic Relations at the EUI and held at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence.