Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Bath

Prior to joining Bath in 2014, I was a Marie Curie International Fellow at the NCRE, University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and the University of Nottingham. During this time I conducted research on the various free trade agreement strategies of global economic powers in the region, and the effects of strategic competition on their strategies.

Previously, I lectured at Birkbeck College, London and the University of Nottingham. I have been also been a visiting fellow at ANUCES, Australian National University, Monash University in Melbourne, the University of Salzburg and ULB in Brussels.

My current projects include a book on the divergent free trade agreement strategies of large (China, USA, EU) and small economies (Singapore, Chile, New Zealand) in Asia-Pacific and their effects on the development of future economic governance in the region.

Alongside Annick Masselot of the University of Canterbury, I am investigating Asian resistance to European norm promotion through free trade agreements.

Research interests:

International trade and economic governance
EU-USA trade negotiations (TTIP) and Transpacific Partnership negotiations (TPP)
EU-Asia, EU-China, EU-Australasia and EU-Latin America Relations
Regional integration and inter-regionalism
Societal impacts of trade agreements/ Values and trade
International Political Economy

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