Pau Rausell-Köster is a professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the Universitat de València and director of Econcult, the Area of Research in Economics of Culture and Tourism.

He founded the culture economics research unit in 1999 along with Lluís Bonet from the University of Barcelona, together pioneering the extension and incorporation of research as a specialty in Spanish universities. Since the beginning of the 21st century, he has built a sizeable reputation and today, Econcult is one of the most prestigious and successful research groups on economy and culture in Europe in terms of resource acquisition, both in competitive bids and commissions from companies, government bodies and other non-profit organizations.

He has published books and articles in magazines and newspapers about topics related to communication and culture. He participates regularly in national and international seminars, as well as conferences on topics such as creative cities; the relationship between culture, innovation and development; and the economic impact of culture, cultural management and cultural planning. He has completed research on the current phenomenon of musical association in Valencia.

He is a professor in the master’s programs on cultural management at the universities of Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, the Complutense University of Madrid, and Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, as well as collaborating on teaching teams in international cultural management programs such as the Relais Culture Europe I-team and Diplôme Européen in Administration des Projects Culturels at Association Marcel Hicter.

As Main Researcher, he has directed ten European research projects, including Horizon 2020 and the MED Programme, and has participated as an expert in several projects for the European Commission. He has participated in cultural planning studies and processes for more than 15 years for regions including Catalonia, Murcia, Valencia, the Canary Islands, the Madrid region and the city of Madrid, as well as for European cities such as Belfast (Northern Ireland), Oulu (Finland) and Lille (France), among others.

He is currently executive co-director for Valencia’s candidacy as World Capital of Design and participates on the team promoting the city of Sagunto as a UNESCO World Heritage site.