Current roles

  • Senior Lecturer, International Cultural Policy & Media Events, University of Liverpool
  • Associate Director, Centre for Cultural Value
  • Founder and Director, CC:RO | Cities of Culture Research Observatory

Distinguished memberships

  • European Commission | European Capital of Culture Selection & Monitoring Panel (2017 onwards)
  • International Olympic Committee | Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission (2015 onwards)
  • International Olympic Committee | Selection Committee, Research Grant Programme (2008-2014)
  • World Design City Selection Committee Member (2012-2016)
  • DCMS Science and Research Advisory Committee (2009-20011)
  • Liverpool Cultural Strategy Steering Group (2007-2009)
  • London 2012 Culture and Education Bid Advisory Committee (2004-2005)

Academic peer review roles

  • Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Strategic Peer Review College
  • Referee to applications to the Arts and Humanities and the Economics and Social Research Councils
  • Member of the review panel of journals such as (selection only): Cultural Politics, International Planning Studies, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, Urban Studies, Local Economy, Cultural Sociology, Urban Design

Advisory roles

  • Arts Council England, Research Grants Programme (2015)
  • Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture Evaluation programme (2011-2014)
  • Department of Culture, Media and Sport, London 2012 Meta-Evaluation (2009-2013)
  • London Development Agency: 2012 Games Legacy Impact Evaluation Study (2009-2010)
  • Department of Culture Media and Sport: UK City of Culture Bidding process (2009)
  • International Research Institute of Stavanger, Norway (2008-2009)

Research collaboration

  • Centre for Olympic Studies at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2001-2004)
  • Interarts Foundation (Barcelona, Spain) (2002-2004)

Special mentions and awards

  • Feb 2005:         Five-year Academic Fellowship by the Research Councils UK (RCUK)
  • Mar 1999:        Intercampus Grant by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional
  • Nov 1998:         Cum Laude for University Studies, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona
  • Jul 1992:           Bachelor Extraordinary Prize, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science