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Dr Maria Aranzazu Gomez Arana

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Dr  Gomez Arana joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in May 2020. She has previously taught at several universities in the UK, and in 2015 she was a visiting lecturer at Bamberg University (Germany) as part of the Erasmus+ staff mobility programme.

She is currently a supervisor of several PhD students, and welcomes potential doctoral proposals in several areas, including projects with interdisciplinary approaches.

Dr. Gomez Arana is currently a Trustee and Elected Committee Member of UACES (2019-2022) and was previously a Co-convener of BISA European Security Working Group (2018-2020).

In addition, Dr. Gomez Arana collaborates with external partners such as Fundacion Carolina and has experience as a Research Assistant and as a Research Associate as part of several projects funded by the European Commission. She has received external funding for different projects and welcomes potential collaborations in research projects that are related to her research interests.  


PhD completion: 

Jay Rowe "Understanding the Changing Voter Attitudes and Perceptions Toward Brexit" (2021)

Maria Aranzazu Gomez Arana

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Gomez Arana research interests include several areas. She has published mainly on European Union External Relations towards other countries or group of countries in the Mediterranean and in Latin America. Dr. Gomez Arana has also developed in the last few years a particular focus on the connection between internal and external security matters in the European Union. In relation to Latin America, she has published on regional projects such as Mercosur or the Central American Common Market. In relation to Mediterranean countries, the countries studied include Morocco, and Syria (pre-Arab Spring).

After looking at different aspects of regional integration for over a decade, since 2016 she has researched the opposite trend paying special attention to the question of borders and the European Union in relation to Brexit, as well as Gibraltar, Libya and Catalonia. Dr. Gomez Arana is currently looking at border issues between Brazil and Argentina among other Mercosur countries, within the context of the impact of the pandemic.


Keywords: European Union, Latin America, Mediterranean and Spanish Politics, International Relations, Regional (Des-)Integration and borders. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interregionalismo y Acuerdos de Asociación UE-América Latina y el Caribe, Gomez Arana, A. 28 Sep 2021
  • Politics of discontent in Spain: the case of Vox and the Catalonian independence movement, Gomez Arana, A. 30 Sep 2021, In: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
  • Spain and the European Union, Gomez Arana, A. 19 Nov 2020, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford University Press
  • Borders: the case of Gibraltar, Gomez Arana, A. 2019
  • Brexit: ‘Revolt’ against the ‘elites’ or Trojan horse for more deregulation?, Gomez Arana, A., Rowe, J., de Ruyter, A., Semmens-Wheeler, R., Hill, K. 1 Dec 2019, In: Economic and Labour Relations Review
  • EU identity in a Westphalian and multicultural context, Gómez Arana, A. 27 Feb 2019, In: Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto
  • Framing the EU global strategy: A stronger Europe in a fragile world: A stronger Europe in a fragile world, Gomez Arana, A. 2 Jan 2019, In: European Security
  • The EU and the migration crisis: reinforcing a security-based approach to migration?, Carrera, S., Santos Vara, J., Strik, T., Gomez Arana, A. 14 Jun 2019, Constitutionalising the External Dimensions of EU Migration Policies in Times of Crisis, Edward Elgar
  • Justice and Home Affairs: the case of Gibraltar, Gomez Arana, A. 2018, Brexit and Internal Security Political and Legal concerns in the context of the future UK-EU Relationship, Palgrave Macmillan
  • The EU and Latin America: A real security and development nexus or a superficial one?, Arana, A. 23 Nov 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research, Taylor & Francis

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