South African Cultural Observatory National Conference
arts & culture
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University


Professor Lluis Bonet

How to go about developing a creative economy – the strategy – examples from Spain

Lluís Bonet is professor of applied economy at the University of Barcelona, specialized in cultural economics, cultural policies and arts management. He is the Director of the Cultural Management Graduate program (with a PhD, two Master degrees and four long live learning programs in the field). Bonet plans to share insights from Spain’s attempts to grow its creative economy; and generally European Union experiences in cultural economics and policy. He will provide an account of what Spain is currently doing to use its assets and space to grow artists and businesses, and provide guidelines as to how these practices can be adopted and adapted to developing economies.

Professor Bonet has been research fellow at MIT and the University of Montpelier and invited lecturer in over 40 different countries. Winner of the CAC Research Prize, Dr. Bonet served as President of the Jury of the Cultural Policy Research Award and he is a jury member of many other research prizes. He has been president of ENCATC, board member of the Association of Cultural Economics International, and an active participant in many European research projects (currently involved at BeSpectATIve!, Focus EULAC and the Culture Diplomacy platform).

Professor Lluis Bonet