Dr. Maximilian Benner, M.Sc.

Economist and Economic Geographer with a focus on clusters, local and regional economic development, innovation and SMEs in Mediterranean countries

Fields of research

  • Regional development and policy
  • Industrial policy and innovation policy
  • Cluster policy, smart specialization and EU cohesion policy
  • Inclusive local and regional development
  • Industrialization and structural transformation in Mediterranean countries
  • Middle Eastern political economy and institutional economics in emerging economies
  • Tourism policy, tourism clusters, and the role of culture and creative industries
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    Research projects

  • A new Arab social contract? Institutional perspectives for private sector growth in Arab economies (since 2013). Heidelberg University, Economic Geography Group Link (external link)
  • Cluster policy: Ways to link theory and political implementation (2007-2011). Heidelberg University, Economic Geography Group Link (external link)

  • Book chapters

  • Benner, Maximilian (2017): Smart specialisation and cluster emergence: Building blocks for evolutionary regional policies. In: Hassink, R., Fornahl, D. (eds.): The Life Cycle of Clusters: A Policy Perspective. Camberley: Edward Elgar: 151-172, Link (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2017): The legacy of Sidi Bouzid: Overcoming spatial inequalities in Tunisia. In: Krížek, D., Záhorík, J. (eds.): Beyond the 'Arab Spring' in North Africa: Macro and micro perspectives. Lanham: Lexington: 47-65, Link (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2015): Europa und der Maghreb: Von der Nachbarschaft zur Wirtschaftspartnerschaft. (Europe and the Maghreb: From neighborhood to economic partnership) In: Neuss, Beate, Nötzold, Antje (eds.): The Southern Mediterranean: Challenges to the European Foreign and Security Policy. Baden-Baden: Nomos: 57-82, Link (external link)

  • Books

  • Benner, Maximilian (2012): Clusterpolitik: Wege zur Verknüpfung von Theorie und politischer Umsetzung. (Cluster Policy: Ways to Link Theory and Political Implementation) Münster: LIT, Link (external link)

  • Journal articles

  • Benner, Maximilian (2017): From clusters to smart specialization: Tourism in institution-sensitive regional development policies. In: Economies 5 (3): 26, Download (external link)
  • Lehmann, Tine and Benner, Maximilian (2015): Cluster policy in the light of institutional context - A comparative study of transition countries. In: Administrative Sciences 5 (4): 188-212, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2014): Decentralised regional development policy in Tunisia: A new beginning after the "Arab Spring"? In: International Reports 06/2014: 31-50, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2014): From smart specialisation to smart experimentation: Building a new theoretical framework for regional policy of the European Union. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 58 (1): 33-49, Download (external link)

  • Articles in edited series

  • Benner, Maximilian (2013): From smart specialisation to smart experimentation: Towards a new theoretical framework for EU regional policy. SPACES online, Vol. 11, Issue 2013-04. Toronto and Heidelberg: www.spaces-online.com Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2012): Cluster policy: Principles and a toolbox. SPACES online, Vol. 10, Issue 2012-01. Toronto and Heidelberg: www.spaces-online.com Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2009): What do we know about clusters? In search of effective cluster policies. SPACES online, Vol. 7, Issue 2009-04. Toronto and Heidelberg: www.spaces-online.com Download (external link)

  • Consulting studies

  • Batstone, Stephen, Benner, Maximilian, Meyn, Mareike (2016): Study on improving Cyprus' export performance. Study presented to the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (unpublished)
  • Benner, Maximilian, Hajaiej, Mohamed, Boudhrioua, Naoufel (2016): Étude de référence pour les centres d’innovations vertes pour le secteur agro-alimentaire : Rapport du pays: Tunisie. (Baseline study for the green innovation centers for the agriculture and food sector: Country report: Tunisia) Study presented to GIZ (unpublished)

  • Case studies

  • Benner, Maximilian, Bilderl, Barbara, Fuchs, Christina, Gerdenitsch, Michael, Mader, Michael, Posch, Michael (2018): Integrierte Wirtschaftsförderung in Kufstein. (Integrated local economic development in Kufstein) MPRA Paper No. 88284, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian, Arik, Alev, Aslan, Gabriel, Ben Hajar, Philip, Civelek, Ilkan, Döpke, Marius, Jadran, Mohammed, Kardel, Aileen, Lietzau, Jule, Maske, Johanna, Masud Bagha, Jamshed, Rothert, Sören, Schauppel, Laura, Stanisch, Kay, Yalcin, Onur, Yamrali, Emad, Ziehlke, Linda (2018): Regionale und lokale Wirtschaftsförderung: Meran und Brixen im Kontext der Regionalökonomie Südtirols. (Regional and local economic development: Merano and Bressanone within the context of South Tyrol’s regional economy) MPRA Paper No. 84882, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian, Buzin, Johannes, Hoffmann, Jakob, Taifour, Ahmad Azzam (2017): Inclusive local development: A strategy for Heraklion, Greece. MPRA Paper No. 81323, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian, Engin, Melda, Sperber, Leon, Trendl, André (2017): Cross-border regional development in Gibraltar. MPRA Paper No. 81209, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian, Dollinger, Michael, Gliesner, Elisa, Pelz, Rouven (2017): Upgrading a tourism cluster: The case of Eilat. MPRA Paper No. 81183, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian, Hirth, Jana, Kraatz, Fabian, Ludwig, Katja, Schrade, Jessi (2017): Regional development in the context of economic reform: The case of Limassol. MPRA Paper No. 76834, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian, Bieringer, Lukas, Knaupp, Matthias, Wittemaier, Jana, Wruck, Adrian (2016): Towards a smart specialization strategy for Haifa. MPRA Paper No. 73299, Download (external link)

  • Working papers

  • Benner, Maximilian (2017): Culture in local and regional development: A Mediterranean perspective on the culture/economy nexus. MPRA Paper No. 77787, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2013): Designing comprehensive cluster policies in developing countries: Perspectives for Morocco. MPRA Paper No. 49594, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2013): Cluster policy in developing countries. MPRA Paper No. 44257, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2013): Towards a policy to promote tourism clusters. MPRA Paper No. 43924, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2013): Developing economies with industrial policy: Towards a toolbox for economic growth. With case studies of Jordan and Egypt. MPRA Paper No. 43857, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2012): Cluster policy as a development strategy: Case studies from the Middle East and North Africa. University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics No. 255, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2012): How to save Greece? A menu for rebuilding the Greek economy through industrial policy. Working Paper, August 2012: Download
  • Benner, Maximilian (2012): Clusterwettbewerbe: Eine Option für Entwicklungsländer? (Cluster competitions: an option for developing countries?) Working Paper, August 2012: Download
  • Benner, Maximilian (2011): How export-led growth can lead to take-off. University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics No 222, December 2011: Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2011): Tourismuspolitik in Marokko: ein großer Wurf für wirtschaftliche Entwicklung? (Tourism policy in Morocco: a great effort for economic development?) Working Paper, May 2011: Download
  • Benner, Maximilian (2011): Abu Dhabi und Dubai: Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung wie aus 1001 Nacht? (Abu Dhabi and Dubai: Economic development as in Arabian Nights?) Working Paper, March 2011: Download
  • Benner, Maximilian (2010): Exportinduziertes Wachstum als Chance für die „nächsten Tiger“? (Export-led growth as a chance for the “next tigers”?) Working Paper, June 2010: Download

  • Book reviews

  • Dannenberg, P., Kulke, E. (eds.) (2017): Economic Development in Rural Areas: Functional and Multifunctional Approaches. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 61 (2): 115.
  • Wood, A., Roberts, S. (2011): Economic Geography: Places, Networks and Flows. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 58 (1), 2014: 66-67.

  • Editorships

  • Special Issue "Cluster Policy: Institutional and International Perspectives". In: Administrative Sciences 5 (4), 188-239, Link (external link)
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of "Administrative Sciences" and "Economies"

  • Presentations

  • "Structural transformation: how to design place-based competitiveness policies". Presentation held at the Joint Vienna Institute, Vienna, 6 September 2018
  • "Socio-economic regulation in Tunisia and Jordan: an institutional framework for economic reform". Presentation held at the Panel "Economic geography, networks and institutional change" at the Fifth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Cologne, 26 July 2018
  • "Smart specialization and institutions: Towards an institutional process of discovery and change". Poster presentation at the Fifth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Cologne, 26 July 2018
  • "The digitalization of SMEs in service industries: How can policy help?" Presentation held at the World Conference on Intellectual Capital for Communities, Paris, 14 June 2018, 188-239, Link (external link)
  • "From apples to innovation: The economy of South Tyrol". Presentation held at Impacthub, Vienna, 24 April 2018
  • "A new Arab social contract? Institutional perspectives for private sector growth in Arab economies". Presentation held at the panel on "Geographies of institutions and institutional change II: Field structuration, innovation and economic growth" at the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography, Oxford, 21 August 2015
  • "Smart specialisation and cluster emergence: Building blocks for evolutionary regional policies". Presentation held at the International Dissemination Workshop "Cluster Policies from a Cluster Life Cycle Perspective", Berlin, 23 June 2014

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