“We have to allow students to make more decisions, but also give them more responsibilities”
Name and surnames: Pablo Pareja Alcaraz (@ParejaAlcaraz)
Place and date of birth: Alicante, 21 April 1979
Academic office: vice-rector in charge of student welcome, engagement and support projects
Current position: Serra Húnter Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Law
Academic background: undergraduate degree in Political and Administration Sciences (2001), lecturer in the Department of Law (2004-2005 academic year), and European PhD in Law with a specialization in International Studies (2010)
Research interests: international relations theory, change and continuity in the international order, East Asian international relations, transformations in global security
Pablo Pareja Alcaraz (Alicante, 1979 / @ParejaAlcaraz), the Serra Húnter Lecturer in International Relations in the UPF Department of Law, is part of the university’s new governing team, which took over in May 2017, where he is vice-rector in charge of directing student reception, participation and mentoring. In 2016 and 2017, he was the rector’s delegate for student relations, and he is a member of the academic committee for the bachelor’s degree in Global Studies.
His association with UPF dates back many years, as it is both where he earned his undergraduate degree, in Political and Administration Sciences (2001), and where he began to teach, in the Department of Law (2004-2005 academic year). It is also where he earned his PhD in Law, with a specialization in International Studies (2010), with the thesis ‘Actors and international relations: the role of China and Japan in the construction of East Asia’s regional order’.
In between, from 2001 to 2004, he pursued postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (Great Britain) and Georgetown University (USA), in addition to completing research and work stays at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, the Asian division of Human Rights Watch, the Washington bureau of the newspaper El País, and as an election observer in Cambodia.
A member of the university’s Public International Law and International Relations Research Group, his research interests include international relations theory, change and continuity in the international order, East Asian international relations, and transformations in global security.
How are you approaching your new job as vice-rector?
With equal parts responsibility and enthusiasm. I am keenly aware that my actions and decisions must reflect the interests and needs of the university and the people who study and work here, but it is not always easy to reconcile everything. Fortunately, I don’t – nor do I want to – work alone, and having the knowledge, feedback and support of the rest of the management team and many other people at the institution is very helpful to me. I am also highly motivated by the desire to continue the good work of those who came before me and to undertake new ambitious projects. After all, this is the university where I grew up and matured: this is where I completed a good portion of my studies and where I have worked for more than twelve years.