Dr Marina Pérez de Arcos is a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at University of Oxford, a Research Fellow at the Department of International History, London Science School (LSE), and Head of Politics and Institutional Affairs at Forward College – Europe. She has also held Fellowships at Humboldt University Berlin, the New University of Lisbon, and the Paris Institute of Political Studies Sciences —Paris Po. She is a polyglot and has policy experience at municipal, ministerial and presidential levels in France, Britain, and Spain.
Marina studied History and Economics at the University of York and completed an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations at Oxford in 2016. Her doctoral thesis focused on Spain’s three main foreign policy issues after Francoism: rebalancing relations with the United States, Spain’s 1986 NATO referendum, and negotiations to join the European Economic Community. She then taught Cold War History, European Integration, and Crisis and Decision-making in War and Peace to undergraduates and masters’ students at Oxford and the LSE.
Among other initiatives, Marina was the founding coordinator of the Spanish Studies at Oxford programme, housed at the European Studies Centre —a multidisciplinary programme bringing together all Spain-related research at the University of Oxford. She is also a trustee and Head of Scholarships of the British Spanish Society, an over one hundred-year-old charity that promotes educational and cultural links between Britain and Spain. Marina’s research interest spans the late 19th and 20th centuries. Her research has been published in top-tier peer-reviewed Spanish and English-language academic journals, including the International History Review, Contemporary European History, the Hispanic Research Journal, La Revista de Occidente and the Bulletin of Spanish Studies. Among other awards, she won the James Whiston Memorial Prize for her research on British cultural diplomacy in Spain during the Second World War, and the Federal German Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation’s 2021 Research Award.