Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Maria Garcia

Senior LecturerMA(Hons), MA, PhD

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


Research Membership
  • UACES Committee Secretary
  • 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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I specialise in the area of the politics of trade, EU trade policy, and norm promotion through preferential trade agreements.

Prior to joining Bath, I was a Marie Curie International Fellow at the NCRE, University of Canterbury (New Zealand). 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.

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.

I am also working on lessons to be drawn for a future UK trade policy from the trade agreement strategies of medium and small states in the Asia-Pacific.

I am co-founder, with Prof. Khorana (Bournemout University) of the GIFTA network of scholars and practioners focusing on the governance implications of the proliferation of preferential trade agreements across the globe.

Research interests

  • Politics of Trade
  • EU Trade Policy (and Brexit)
  • EU-Latin America/EU-Asia relations
  • New types of trade agreements (TTIP, TPP, RCEP)
  • International Political Economy

Current projects


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