Marta Paradés is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science and International Relations in the Autonomous University of Madrid. Her research focuses on political attitudes and identities. In her thesis, she addresses the relationship between European identity and the context, with a special focus on the impact of the financial crisis. She currently participates in a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy on the effects of the economic and political crisis on political attitudes and behaviour in Spain. Marta Paradés has published about ‘The political representation of immigrants in local elections’ and the relationship between Spanish and Andalusian identities. She has participated in a number of methodological courses at the European University Institute and Mannheim University where she has been a visiting student. In 2013 she participated in the North-South Capacity Building ‘A Common Future in the Eurozone?’ organised by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union.