Cristina Astier is a Margartia Salas Postdoctoral Fellow at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), funded by the Spanish Government. During 2023 she is a Visiting Researcher at the Political Sciences Department at the Central European University. Before the Postdoctoral Fellowship, she was an adjunct professor of Political Philosophy and Political Science at University of Barcelona (UB). She holds a PhD (with international mention) in political philosophy from Pompeu Fabra University (2022), with a dissertation entitled “Globalization in A World of Equals: A Normative Analysis of Trade-Related Inequalities” under the supervision of Andrew Williams and Paula Casal. There she analyses how trade-related inequalities might erode the institutional capacity to provide the conditions for egalitarian treatment among citizens and equality of opportunity among trading countries.
She has spent visiting research periods at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and the School of Transnational Governance, at the European University Institute in Florence. She is a researcher at the Institute of Democratic Governance of San Sebastián, where she has been the PI of a project funded by BBK Kuna on post-pandemic politics.
She collaborates regularly with the Government of Navarre and the Government of the Basque Country. She has been the project manager of an ERC Consolidator Grant at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI), the knowledge and research manager at the Humanities Department at UPF, and a member of the coordination of an FP7 project funded by the European Commission, an EIT Health funded project, and an Erasmus+ project on teaching innovation at the UB.
Cristina's research interests include relational equality and democratic institutions, discrimination, social norms and social and economic inequalities, trade justice and climate change, and feminism.