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Dr Carlos Santos Barea

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

I am an academic, artist and ethnographer specialising in digital art. I hold a practice-led PhD and, using a range of research methods, I create exhibitions, films, animations, and written publications that deconstruct preconceived ideas about class and race in art and design, music and the moving image. Those skills that I gained over the years, are being also applied to collaborative projects of health and life science, helping the audience to understand complex data sets, or by simply engaging with the public with the use of creative outputs.

Over the last decade, I have taught students from multiple disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including students of Graphic Design & Illustration, Fashion and Architecture, among others and I am also part of a supervisory team of PhD students. I have a particular pedagogical interest in teaching students how to create and contextualise their practice promoting positive values and helping disadvantaged communities. This pedagogical interest reflects my research interests (including my PhD), published outputs and freelance work for industry. More specifically, I lead most of the theory contents in L4 and also contribute to studio module/projects. As an example of my passion for teaching, in 2019, I received the LJMU Teaching and Learning Excellence Award given to one person per faculty in this category.

Currently, I am the EDI (equality diversity and inclusion) coordinator of the school of art and design. My role aims to eradicate prejudice and discrimination and ensure fair treatment and opportunities for all students and staff. This role, makes me appreciate even more the need for an inclusive and ethical learning environment, where all students and staff can better themselves, and remove preconceived hierarchical prejudices, regardless of their personal circumstances.


Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
University of Granada, Spain, MA Education/Art
University of Granada, Spain, BA Art

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Graphic Design & Illustration, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present


Santos Barea C. 2023. It was all a dream Publisher Url

Santos Barea C. 2019. Untitled. SUES Exhibition - Shanghai University of Engineering Science (SUES) 2019

Santos Barea C. 2019. Untitled. SUES Exhibition – Liverpool John Moores University, March 2019.

Santos Barea C. 2019. Hoodzilla. 500x Gallery, Texas, Dallas. USA, March 2019.

Santos Barea C. 2018. Hoodzilla. The Williamson Gallery Liverpool as part of the symposium ‘The things that live under the stairs’

Santos Barea C. 2018. Hoodzilla. Birmingham City Gallery as part of ‘Arts Council Collections’, 21stOct 2018

Santos Barea C. 2018. ‘The Big Draw’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, October 2018.


Santos Barea C. 2022. Gangsta Rap - A Practice-led Autoethnographic Study in the Audiovisual Arts Fallows C, Roberts E. Public Url


Morris N, Santos Barea C. Impact 10, Encuentro Santander, 01 Sep 2018 - 09 Sep 2018

Wright L, Braithewaite N. Shoe and Tell: An Interactive Exhibition of Anthropology of Footwear

Conference publication

Santos Barea C, Morris N. A Liverpool Bestiary, ATINER 9, Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts 11-15 June 2018, Athens, Greece Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts

Palace M, Santos Barea C, Yfantidou I, Wagner C. Developing Multimodal Data-Driven Art-Inspired Cancer-Screening Promotion Messages (Oral Presentation) The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP2024)

Research Grants Awarded:

Cancer Research UK, Developing multimodal data-driven art-inspired bowel cancer-screening promotion messages, Grant value (£): 87118, Duration of research project: 1 Year. 2023

The British Academy, Project MAVE (meme, art, vaccination, experiments): Countering anti-vaxxer sentiments through memes, Grant value (£): 8936. 2023

Conference presentation:

Freedom of Speech and Creativity in Gangsta Rap, Sofa Talk at Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2018