Dr Borja García joined the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences in January 2009 as a Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy. He holds a PhD in Politics, International Relations and European Studies from Loughborough University (United Kingdom), where he completed his thesis titled ‘The European Union and the Governance of Football: A game of levels and agendas’.
Prior to joining Loughborough, Dr. García graduated with an MA (‘very good’) in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and he also completed a MA (‘with merit’) in European Politics at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). In both cases he undertook research on the European Union’s sports policy for his dissertations.
A graduate in media studies (Complutense University, Madrid, Spain), Dr. García worked full time in different national media (including radio and newspapers) for five years before joining the European Parliament’s Madrid office during the 2002 Spanish presidency of the EU. As a result of his academic work, Dr. García has advised members of the European Parliament, UEFA or the English FA in matters relating to the European Union’s sports policy. Borja García is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union.
Dr Borja García was awarded in 2010 a ‘European Citizen of Honour’ award in the ‘academic’ category by the European think tank Sport & Citizenship and the European Commission. This award recognises the person who best demonstrated through his academic work that sport is a factor of reinforcing European citizenship.