Dr. Maximilian Benner

Economist and Economic Geographer with a focus on clusters, local and regional economic development, innovation and SMEs, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Mediterranean countries

Fields of research

  • Regional structural policy and industrial policy (incl. innovation policy)
  • Cluster policy and smart specialisation (incl. EU structural policy)
  • Middle Eastern political economy and institutional economics in emerging economies
  • Industrialization and structural transformation in the Middle East and North Africa and in Mediterranean countries
  • Tourism policy, tourism clusters, and the role of culture and creative industries

  • For more information about my research and my current research project "A New Arab Social Contract? Institutional Perspectives for Private Sector Growth in Arab Economies": Economic Geography Group at Heidelberg University (external link).

    Publications (selection)

  • 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 (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, Bieringer, Lukas, Knaupp, Matthias, Wittemaier, Jana, Wruck, Adrian (2016): Towards a Smart Specialization Strategy for Haifa. MPRA Paper No. 73299, 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 (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)
  • 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 (German Journal for Economic Geography) 58 (1): 33-49.
  • 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 (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: Principles and a Toolbox. SPACES online, Vol. 10, Issue 2012-01. Toronto and Heidelberg: www.spaces-online.com 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 (2012): Clusterpolitik: Wege zur Verknüpfung von Theorie und politischer Umsetzung. (Cluster Policy: Ways to Link Theory and Political Implementation) Münster: LIT, Link (external link)
  • 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): Das Wirtschaftssystem der Volksrepublik China. (The economic system of the People's Republic of China) Essay für das Junge Forum der Gesellschaft für Außenpolitik (Essay for the Young Forum of the Society for Foreign Policy) April 2010: 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
  • 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)
  • 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"
  • Recent presentations

  • "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

  • Maximilian Benner, e-Mail: post(a)maximilian-benner.de
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