Pauwels is a Flemish patronymic surname derived from the personal name Pauwel, a vernacular form of Paul, and may refer to:
Luc Maria Alfons Pauwels (born 1957) is a Belgian visual sociologist and communication scientist, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and director of its Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi). He is known for his work on visual research methods.
Peter-Frans Pauwels (born June 1965) is a Dutch entrepreneur.
Katrien Pauwels (born 8 November 1965) is a Belgian former competitive figure skater. She won medals at Skate America, Karl Schäfer Memorial, Golden Spin of Zagreb, and International St. Gervais. She placed 13th at the 1984 European Championships and 14th at the 1986 World Championships. Pauwels represented Belgium at the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics. She was Belgium's flag bearer in 1988.
Serge Pauwels (born 21 November 1983) is a Belgian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam CCC Team. A professional since 2006, Pauwels has also competed for Topsport Vlaanderen, Cervélo TestTeam, Team Sky, Omega Pharma–Quick-Step and Team Dimension Data.
Emiel Pauwels (22 December 1918 - 7 January 2014) was a Belgian athlete of high jump, discus, javelin and running. He was best known for his gold at the European Indoor Athletics Championships Indoor in San Sebastian on the 60m sprint for veterans at the age of 94. The video of the sprint was a huge hit on YouTube.
Frans Pauwels (8 September 1918 – 24 January 2001) was a Dutch racing cyclist. He rode in the 1948 and 1949 Tour de France.
Eddy Pauwels (2 May 1935 – 6 March 2017) was a Belgian racing cyclist from 1958 to 1966. He won 4 stages in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for 4 days in total. In 1962, Pauwels won the combativity award in the Tour de France. He died on 6 March 2017 at the age of 81.
Jackson Pauwels is an American baseball player from Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania who plays as a middle infielder. He committed to play for the Scranton baseball team.
Emmanuel Pauwels (1903 – unknown) was a sailor from Belgium, who represented his country at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Le Havre, France.