Senior researcher at CIDOB in the area of migration. PhD cum laude in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. Her PhD thesis was awarded the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) prize for the best sociological dissertation defended in the Netherlands in 2009 and 2010. Blanca has worked on immigration policies in Malaysia and Spain, the policymaking of integration policies from a multilevel perspective, political discourses on immigration and on irregular immigration from a comparative perspective. Between 2010 and 2016 she was Juan de la Cierva postdoc researcher and visiting professor at Pompeu Fabra University. Blanca is lecturer at the Political Science Department of Barcelona University and member of the European network IMISCOE. Together with Rinus Penninx, she has recently published a book about the concept and policies of integration in Europe (Springer, 2016). She is now working on policies and political discourses on refugees from a European comparative perspective.