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Dr Beatriz Garcia PhD

Senior Research Fellow in Communication and Media School of the Arts


    Personal Statement

    Dr Beatriz Garcia is the Director of Impacts 18 | European Capital of Culture Research Programme and senior Research Fellow in Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool. She is a member of the European Capital of Culture Selection Committee –nominated by the European Commission; and expert member at the Culture & Olympic Heritage Commission –nominated by the International Olympic Committee. Dr Garcia has been at the forefront of research on the rhetoric and impact of culture-led city regeneration interventions since 1999 and has conducted field work on every edition of the Olympic Games (summer and winter) since Sydney 2000. Major projects directed by Dr Garcia include a review of all available evidence on the first three decades of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) programme; the pioneering Impacts 08 ~ Impacts 18 programme, a 20-year study on the socio-economic and cultural impacts of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture; the first nation-wide legacy assessment of a Cultural Olympiad, focusing on the London 2012 Olympic Games; and the first comprehensive study of the 20-year legacy of hosting an ECoC, focusing on Glasgow post-1990. To conduct this research, Beatriz has been funded by national and international bodies such as the European Parliament, European Commission, International Olympic Committee, United Cities and Local Governments, British Council, British Academy and Research Councils UK. See:; ; ;

    Prizes or Honours

    • Member of Select Committee (World Design Capital, 2012)
    • Permanent Member, Science and Research Advisory Committee (UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 2009)
    • Member of International Olympic Committee Postgraduate Grant Research Committee (International Olympic Committee, 2008)
    • Member of Grant Select Committee (International Olympic Committee, 2008)

    Funded Fellowships

    • RCUK Academic Fellowship (University of Glasgow, 2005)