Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Maria Garcia

Senior Lecturer

1 West North 2.23
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5020


Research Membership
  • UACES Committee Member
  • IPSA Research Committee 40- New World Order Chair
  • UACES Research Network on EU-China Relations
GIFTA project

Addressing how free trade agreements are reshaping economic and social rules and governance throughout the globe.

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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

Current projects


Book Sections

Garcia, M. and Masselot, A., 2015. The value of gender equality in the EU-Asian trade policy:an assessment of the EU's ability to implement its own legal obligations. In: Björkdahl, A., Chaban, N., Leslie, J. and Masselot, A., eds. Importing EU Norms. Springer, pp. 191-209. (United Nations University Series on Regionalism; 8)

Garcia, M., 2014. The EU, China and the trade in 'green' technologies:Cooperation and conflict. In: Deese, D., ed. Handbook of the International Political Economy of Trade. Cheltenham, U. K.: Edward Elgar, pp. 322-348. (Handbook of Research on International Political Economy)

Garcia, M. J., 2014. China's alternative energy sources. In: Yao, S. J. and Herrerias Talamante, M. J., eds. Energy Security and Sustainable Economic Growth in China. Palgrave Macmillan.


Garcia, M. and Masselot, A., 2015. EU-Asia Free Trade Agreements as tools for social norm/legislation transfer. Asia Europe Journal, 13 (3), pp. 241-252.

Khorana, S. and Garcia, M., 2014. Procurement Liberalization Diffusion in EU Agreements:Signalling Stewardship? Journal of World Trade, 48 (3), pp. 481-500.

Khorana, S. and Garcia, M., 2013. European Union-India trade negotiations:One step forward, one back? Journal of Common Market Studies, 51 (4), pp. 684-700.

Garcia, M., 2013. From idealism to realism in the EU’s trade negotiation strategy. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 9 (4).

Garcia, M., 2013. Resources and trade:Linking the Pacific through bilateral free trade agreements (FTA). Journal of World Trade, 47 (2), pp. 329-357.

Garcia, M., 2012. Competitive Fears:The EU, US and the Free Trade Agreements in East Asia. EU External Affairs Review, II, pp. 59-71.

Garcia, M. J., 2012. Free trade agreements in Asia:Economic imperatives or footholds for external relevance? Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto, 2012 (47), pp. 73-100.

Garcia, M., 2012. From bottom of the pyramid to top priority:Explaining Asia in the EU’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) strategy. Australia and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 4 (1), p. 42.

Garcia, M., 2012. The European Union and Latin America:‘Transformative power Europe’ versus the realities of economic interests. Cambridge Review of International Affairs

Garcia, M., 2011. Incidents along the path:Understanding the rationale behind the EU-Chile association agreement. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 49 (3), pp. 501-524.

Garcia, M., 2010. Fears and strategies:The EU, China and their free trade agreements in East Asia. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 6 (4).


Garcia, M., 2013. American and European Competing Strategies in Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific. ANU Centre for European Studies. (ANU Centre for European Studies Briefing Paper Series; 4/2)

Non-academic press

Whitman, R., Ziegler, K., Garcia, M. and Syrpis, P., 2017. Experts read the Brexit white paper so you don't have to. The Conversation

Garcia, M., 2017. What the Brexit white paper says (and doesn’t say) about trade. The Conversation


Garcia, M., 2016. Anthill 8: Goodbye 2016, hello 2017. The Conversation.

Garcia, M., Keen, S., Hogwood, P., Price, A. and Singer, J., 2016. Goodbye 2016, hello 2017.

Garcia, M. and Portela, C., 2014. ARI Oportunidades Empresariales en Singapur. Madrid: Real Instituto Elcano.

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