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Dr Irene Fernandez-Molina

BA (Seville), MA (UCM), PhD (UCM)



Irene Fernández-Molina was appointed to the University of Exeter as a lecturer in Middle East Politics in September 2015 and became lecturer in International Relations in March 2017. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of International Relations (foreign policy analysis, subalternity and southern agency, constructivism, conflict studies) and Middle East and North Africa studies, with a particular focus on the Maghreb, as well as EU foreign policy and Euro-Mediterranean relations.

She is the programme coordinator of the MA Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at Exeter. She is also a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges campus.

She was previously a research fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw), a Schuman fellow at the Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament (Brussels) and a PhD research fellow at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She earned her PhD in Political Science/International Relations with a thesis on Moroccan foreign policy which led her to conduct fieldwork and stay as a visiting research fellow at various centres in Morocco (Centre Jacques Berque, Institut Marocain des Relations Internationales-IMRI) and France (Institut de Recherche sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman-IREMAM).

The three projects she is currently working on deal with the multilevel politics of recognition in protracted/frozen conflicts, contested state diplomatic practices and the political economy-foreign policy link in contexts of neoliberal 'subalternity'.

Office hours during Term 1, 2017-2018: Thursdays 10.30-11.30am & Fridays 3-4pm

Office hours during Term 2, 2017-2018: Wednesdays 3-4pm & Fridays 3-4pm

Office: Amory A026