Ramón Marrades is an urban economist, strategy director of La Marina de Valencia, the process of productive activation and citizen appropriation of the Valencian seafront where music and culture are playing a leading role; and co-founder of Urbego, an international platform for urban planning professionals. His work and research focuses on the interaction between economics, urbanism and culture. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Valencia and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Utrecht. He has been a researcher at Econcult (Research Unit in Economics of Culture and Tourism of the Universitat de València) and visiting researcher at Western Sydney University (Australia) and FLACSO (Ecuador). His international experience (Latin America, Europe and Australia) in research, training and consulting in urban economics covers topics such as economic development, cultural management, citizen participation, economic resilience, sustainable mobility, territorial governance and smart cities. La Nueva Guía de València (Drassana, 2015), Espacios para la Innovación, La Creatividad y la Cultura (PUV, 2015), La ciudad construida: del Plan Urbanístico al Proceso Ciudadano (Fundació Nexe, 2014) y La Ciudad: Economía, Espacio, Sociedad y Medio Ambiente (Tirant lo Blanch, 2012). Write regularly in valenciaplaza.com. As a musician he has been a bassist for the indie band 121dB (2004-2015) and currently he plays with Geografies.