Dr Beatriz Garcia is Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital and Senior Research Fellow in Communication at the University of Liverpool.
Beatriz has been at the forefront of debates around the rhetoric and impact of culture-led regeneration interventions since 1998. Beatriz grew up and was educated in Barcelona, specialising in international communication policy, city marketing and the then emerging field of cultural policy research.
During her studies, she spent exchange years in the UK, France and Australia. Major research by Beatriz include a review of all available evidence on the first three decades of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) for the European Parliament; the pioneering Impacts 08 programme on the multiple impacts of Liverpool as ECoC 2008; the assessment of the four-year UK-wide London 2012 Cultural Olympiad for Arts Council England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; and the first comprehensive study of the 20-year legacy of bidding and hosting an ECoC, focusing on Glasgow 1990.
Beatriz has conducted fieldwork on the cultural dimension of every Olympic Summer and Winter Games since Sydney 2000 and most ECoCs since Liverpool 2008. Funders for her work include the AHRC and ESRC, British Academy, Arts Council England, English Heritage European Parliament, European Commission and International Olympic Committee.
She is author of numerous publications on the cultural dimensions of mega-events, including: ‘The Olympics. The Basics’ and ‘The Olympic Games and Cultural Policy’ (Routledge, 2012).www.beatrizgarcia.net; www.impacts08.net; www.iccliverpool.ac.uk; www.culturalolympics.org.uk