José Dias is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Manchester Metropolitan University and a musician. As academic researcher, he has developed research on European jazz networks, exploring the relationships between jazz practices, cultural identity and cultural policies in Europe. From his research experience, Dias has been appointed delegate for several European jazz festivals and networks. As a musician and composer, he has worked with numerous jazz, world music and pop artists and released several albums. Furthermore, he has written poetry books and plays, scored music for theatre, contemporary dance performances and animation films. His music is strongly inspired by visual arts and literature.