Dr. Jordi Tresserras – Spain

Dr. Jordi Tresserras

Director of LABPATC – Laboratory of Heritage, Creativity and Cultural Tourism, Faculty of Geography & History, Universitat de Barcelona

Jordi Tresserras is currently a consultant for UNESCO, the European Union and the Organization of Ibero-American States in projects of cultural heritage, creative economy and sustainable tourism for local development within the framework of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the 17SDGs. He is an associate professor at the University of Barcelona and a member of the academic body of the Doctorate in Society and Culture.

Besides being an IGCAT Expert (International Insitute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism), Jordi is the Director of the LABPATC Laboratory of Heritage, Creativity and Cultural Tourism, spin-off promoted by the University of Barcelona and the IBERTUR Network. Member of the academic body of the Doctorate in Society and Culture of the University of Barcelona. In 2001 he was Adjunct Professor of Cultural Tourism at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University. From 2006 and 2014 he joined the teaching team of the European Biennial Master on Culture and History of Food coordinated by the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna, the Université François Rabelais de Tours and the Universitat de Barcelona. Since 2010 he has been visiting professor of the Master’s and PhD in Heritage and Tourism Management at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and of the Specialization and Master’s in Cultural Management at the Simón Bolívar Andean University – Quito (Ecuador) and Sucre (Bolivia). In 2013 joins also to the academic team at Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development (Spanish version) promoted by the Università di Torino, the Universitat de Barcelona and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Since 2014 he has been a professor of the Postgraduate Programme in Cultural Management of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the National University of Córdoba (Argentina).

He has been an advisor to the Spanish Ministry of Economy for the International Year of Cultural Tourism (2002), to the General Directorate of Tourism of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2006-2010), to the Ministry of Culture of Colombia (2010-11), as well and the Catalan Tourism Agency (from 2016 to the present). In the latter institution, he is an advisor for the design of the new Art and Culture brand of the Catalan Tourism Agency’s marketing plan that encompasses Catalonia’s cultural tourism offer (heritage, cultural centres, museums and festivals). From 2019 is also involved as advisor for cultural tourism at the Catalan Agency for Heritage.

Consultant for cultural heritage management (mainly on UNESCO World Heritage sites and Intangible Cultural Heritage and FAO for Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems – GIAHS for agricultural, livestock, fishing and salt heritage  ), cultural tourism, gastronomy tourism, cultural routes and sustainable tourism for international organizations (Council of Europe, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, European Commission, IADB/BID, ICESCO, ILO-UN, FAO, OEI, SEGIB, SICA, UNESCO, UNWTO, World Bank) and national cooperation agencies (AECID – Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Cooperation for Development, Alliance Française, Cooperation Suisse, Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo, GIZ-German Cooperation, Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage).

President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites – ICOMOS Spain. President of IBERTUR – Network of Heritage, Tourism & Sustainable Development. Member of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism), ECTN (European Cultural Tourism Network) ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres), ICOMOS, EUNeK (European Universities Network of Knowledge), LERU (League of European Research Universities), and NCRS (Network of Cultural Routes Studies) – coordinated by European Institute for Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe -.

In relation to the recognitions. In 1997 he received the Extraordinary Doctorate Award from the University of Barcelona. In 2006, the Merit Award for Tourism Research in Mexico granted by the Secretary of State for Tourism and the Network of Researchers in Tourism of Mexico. In 2009 he was appointed Tourism Ambassador of Colombia by the Colombian Tourism and Hotel Association (COTELCO).

MENA and Central Asia Countries experience: Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

PhD in Geography and History at Universitat de Barcelona, with Pre-Doc research at the CNRS /  Université Lumière Lyon2 (France) and Centro de Ciencias Mediambientales – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Madrid, Spain) and Post-Doc at the Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes Supérieures du Tourisme – IREST at Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne.