Dr. Cristina BLANCO SÍO-LÓPEZ is Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics at the University of Groningen.
She is also Council for European Studies (CES) – IMSISS Fellow 2018-2019 at the University of Glasgow and Principal Investigator of a research project on the historical construction of the EU's free movement of persons. She was Santander Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies 2017-2018 at the European Studies Centre (ESC) - St. Antony’s College of the UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, where she remains a Senior Member. She is also Established Associate Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History (IHC) of the New University of Lisbon and Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA).
In 2017 Dr. Blanco Sío-López was Invited Lecturer in European Integration History and Digital Humanities at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Lille; Jean Monnet EUCE Research Scholar in Residence 2017 at the European Studies Center (ESC) – Jean Monnet European Union (EU) Center of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and Invited Scholar at the Faculty of Law of the UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE and the Center for the History of Global Development at 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’s 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 also Invited Expert on: EU Enlargement History and Political Communication at LSE IDEAS – London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2013 and 2016); EU Constitutional History at the Yale Law School (2016); History of European Integration and Imperial History at the All Souls College – UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (2016) and 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), Principal Investigator (PI) and Research Project Scientific Director at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe – University of Luxembourg, where she managed international research budgets of 3M € and 660.000 € as Principal Investigator (e.g.: EU FP7 projects: CUBRIK, Jean Monnet Action projects, Erasmus +, Digital Humanities EU CIP-ICT-PSP projects: ASSETS, etc.).
She was Adjunct Lecturer at the MA in Contemporary European Studies and at the MA in European Governance (Section ‘Regionalisms in World Politics’) at the University of Luxembourg and Principal Investigator (PI) of the project ‘Spain and the European Integration Process: Vectors of Convergence, Cohesion Factors and Shifting Paradigms’.
Dr. Blanco Sío-López also worked at the DG Enlargement (DG ELARG) 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 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).
She obtained her PhD in European Integration History at the European University Institute of Florence (EUI), for which she received the the FAEY 2008 Best European PhD Thesis Award.