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
  • 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

  • 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.

  • Edited papers

  • 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)

  • Regional case studies

  • 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): Das Wirtschaftssystem der Volksrepublik China. (The economic system of the People's Republic of China) 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

  • Book reviews

  • Dannenberg, P., Kulke, E. (eds.) (2015): Economic Developmentin Rural Areas: Functional and Multifunctional Approaches. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie (forthcoming).
  • 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

  • "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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