Principal Investigator and WP1 Lead, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Tim Raats is Associate Professor at the Communication Sciences Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) where he teaches courses on media policy and economics and coordinates the Medialab of the department. He obtained a PhD in Media and Communication Studies in 2014 on the role and position of public service broadcasting in a networked media environment. Tim is head of the Media Economics and Policy Research unit at imec-SMIT-VUB (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology), a group of 20 junior and senior researchers working on fundamental and applied tracks on streaming, EU media policy, public media, audiovisual support and recommender systems and algorithms. Tim specializes in policy and market research on the production and distribution of audiovisual content in small media markets, media policy and public service media. Tim coordinated several research projects for the Minister of Media, the Flemish Department of Culture, Youth and Media, the Sector Council for Media in Flanders and the public broadcaster VRT. He is chairholder of the VRT Research Chair ‘Public Media in a society in transition’ and acts as consultant for media players and policymakers. Tim published widely in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. Since 2018, he is appointed member of the Board of Governors of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Since 2022 he is a member of the Flanders Sector Council for Media (SARC).