Ruth Towse is Professor of Economics of Creative Industries at Bournemouth University and CREATe Fellow in Cultural Economics (University of Glasgow).

Professor Towse specialises in cultural economics and the economics of copyright and has published widely on both fields in academic journals and books, including A Textbook of Cultural Economics (Cambridge University Pressm 2019)) now in its 2nd edition; she recently edited a 3rd edition of a Handbook of Cultural Economics (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020). She was Joint Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics from 1993-2002; she was President of the Society for Economic Research in Copyright Issues from 2004-6 and President of the Association for Cultural Economic International (ACEI) from 2006-8. In 2016, she was made Distinguished Fellow of the ACEI.