Jonathan Zaragoza Cristiani is a research associate at the BORDERLANDS project hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute. He defended his PhD thesis in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute.
He holds an M.A in Political Science from the European University Institute and a Licenciatura and an MA in Political Science from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He has been Research Assistant for the EMILIE European Project financed by the European Commission, and researcher for the FRONTERAS project (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation).
His Ph.D. thesis, supervised by Prof. Rainer Bauböck, does an in-depth analysis of more than 25 years of the Spanish-Moroccan migration control cooperation, and explains the reasons of Moroccan (non-)cooperation over certain periods of times, geographic areas and measures, as well as the structure of the terms of their collaboration. In his thesis, he argues that sending and transit states do not cooperate because they are persuaded by the means of pressure exercised by the EU member state, but rather as the result of a long bargaining process between the two countries in which bilateral, multilateral, geopolitical factors and bargaining strategies all play an important role.
His research focuses on borders, migration control, Spanish–Moroccan relations, refugees, EU-MENA relations and bargaining power between states.