Maria Blanco-Palencia

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University of Exeter, UK

PhD in Politics. Proposed research title: "Repression-Mobilisation in Jordan: Mobilising Structure and Strategies in Al-Hirak Al-Shababi Al-Urduni"


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

PhD in Middle Eastern Studies


Escuela de Traductores de Toledo, Spain

Postgraduate Course in Specialized Translation (Arabic-Spanish)


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

MA in Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Politics, Sociology and International Relations


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

BA in Translation and Interpretation (Spanish, English, and Arabic)


Professional/research experience

May 2014 - present:

Amman, Jordan

Research Assistant

July 2012 - August 2012:

International Center for Not-For-Profit Law LLC, Jordan Branch (ICNL LLC Affiliate Office), Middle East and North Africa Program. Amman, Jordan

Research Intern. Research on Laws on Freedom of Assembly in the Arab region. Preparation of a paper titled “Evaluating Freedom of Assembly in Arab Countries”.

June 2012 - March 2013:


Contributor for the webpage AISH [] on information about the Arab world.

October 2011 - July 2012:

Center for Strategic Studies of the University of Jordan. Amman, Jordan

PhD Research Scholar. Research assistance, preparation of publication on Civil Society and Social Movements in Jordan in the context of the Arab Spring.

July 2010 - February 2011:

Department for Mediterranean and MENA Region of the Real Instituto Elcano. Madrid, Spain

Research Intern. Research assistance in projects related to the MENA region, especially in relation to geopolitics and geostrategy in the Gulf and Iran.

September 2009 - present:

Translator and Interpreter at Blanco & Palencia Asociados [] specialized Spanish, English, French and Arabic translation and interpretation for individuals and companies.

February 2009 - June 2009:

Deputy Direction of Foreign Policy for the Middle East of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Madrid, Spain

Intern. Translation of reports and follow-up of news from the region. Drawing up of reports about the region on political, economic and social issues.