Valerià Paül is since early 2015 Interim Lecturer at the University of Santiago de Compostela, with the
Official Accreditation by the Spanish Ministry of Education for eligibility for tenure Senior Lecturer
positions at Spanish universities (2014). Previously, he was Ass/Professor at the University of
Western Australia (2014-2015). Other previous occupations include Post-doctoral positions achieved
through publicly competitive applications sponsored by the Galician Government at the University of
Santiago de Compostela (2008-2013); and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institut d’Estudis
Territorials (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Catalan Government, 2007-2008).
He is graduated in Geography (University of Barcelona, 2001), with Honours, University of Barcelona
Special Award for Bachelor Studies (2002) and 1 st National End of University Studies Award (2002),
conferred by the Spanish Ministry of Education, and graduated with Honours for his PhD (2006),
University of Barcelona Special Award for Doctoral Studies (2007).
His main research lines are regional planning and management, focussing on open spaces, protected
and mountain areas and development; historical and cultural geography of landscape; agriculture,
food and rural studies; political geography; and tourism (specifically, cultural, natural and rural tourism,
and in protected areas).
He has participated in a dozen of projects earned by public competitive applications, usually working
on inter-disciplinary rural and regional studies; these projects have been funded by the European
Union and the Australian, the Spanish, the Galician and the Catalan governments. He has more than
20 papers in peer-reviewed journals (classified in JCR SSCI and/or SCOPUS) and he has presented
more than 100 papers at national and international conferences, including several keynote addresses.
He is member of the Editorial Board of two prestigious journals: Land Use Policy and Boletín de la
Asociación Española de Geografía.
He currently holds the position of Director of the Euro-Regional Studies Centre (CEER). CEER is a
foundation consisting of the six public universities of Galicia and Northern Portugal.