Dr. Maximilian Benner, M.Sc.

Economist and economic geographer with a focus on regional development in EU enlargement and neighborhood countries

Fields of research

  • Regional development and innovation policy in the context of EU cohesion policy, enlargement policy, and neighborhood policy including EU structural funds, smart specialization, LEADER/CLLD, IPA, ENI
  • Institutional and evolutionary economic geography behavioral approaches to regional development in EU member states (incl. Austria and Mediterranean Europe)
  • Regional-level applications of science and technology studies and critical approaches to regional development
  • Policy-oriented economic geography including regional development, industrial policy and tourism development in Mediterranean countries (incl. Croatia, Slovenia, Western Balkans, Cyprus, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Tunisia)

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    ORCID: 0000-0003-1386-808X

  • Maximilian Benner is an economist and economic geographer with a focus on regional development in EU enlargement and neighborhood countries. He teaches at Heidelberg University, the University of Vienna, Webster Vienna Private University, Hafen City University, and the University of Klagenfurt. He has worked as a consultant in projects funded by international donors, including in a study on export development in Cyprus, a study on agricultural innovation in Tunisia, an Interreg project for the Danube macro-region, an international support facility for innovation in the Western Balkans, and technical assistance projects on regional development in Tunisia. Further, he has worked at the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Seville. His research focuses on conceptual aspects of institutional and evolutionary economic geography with a focus on Austria and Mediterranean Europe and on the economic geography of EU enlargement and neighborhood countries with a particular focus on Israel and Tunisia.

    Articles in refereed journals

  • Benner, Maximilian (2020): Six additional questions about smart specialization: Implications for regional innovation policy 4.0. In: European Planning Studies 28 (8): 1667-1684, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2020): Mitigating human agency in regional development: The behavioral side of policy processes. In: Regional Studies, Regional Science 7 (1): 164-182, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2020): The decline of tourist destinations: An evolutionary perspective on overtourism. In: Sustainability 12 (9): 3653: 1-14, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2020): Overcoming overtourism in Europe: Towards an institutional-behavioral research agenda. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 64 (2): 74-87, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2019): The spatial evolution-institution link and its challenges for regional policy. In: European Planning Studies, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2019): Tourism in the context of smart specialization: The example of Montenegro. In: Current Issues in Tourism, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2019): Smart specialization and institutional context: The role of institutional discovery, change and leapfrogging. In: European Planning Studies 27 (9): 1791-1810, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2019): Industrial policy in the EU and its neighbourhood: Learning from policy experimentation. In: Economies 7 (2): 44: 1-22, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2017): From clusters to smart specialization: Tourism in institution-sensitive regional development policies. In: Economies 5 (3): 26: 1-20, 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): 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)

  • Book chapters

  • Benner, Maximilian (2020): Cluster policy in Tunisia: From institutional voids to smart specialization. In: Gutowski, A., Hassan, N.M., Knedlik, T., Ngo Tong, C.M., Wohlmuth, K. (eds.): Science, technology and innovation policies for inclusive growth in Africa: Human skills development and country cases. African development perspectives yearbook, Vol. 21. Münster: LIT: 319-346
  • Benner, Maximilian (2017): Smart specialisation and cluster emergence: Building blocks for evolutionary regional policies. In: Fornahl, D., Hassink, R. (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

  • Monographs

  • Benner, Maximilian (2020): A new Arab social contract? Institutional perspectives for economic reform in Arab countries. Cham: Springer, Link (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2012): Clusterpolitik: Wege zur Verknüpfung von Theorie und politischer Umsetzung. (Cluster policy: Ways to link theory and political implementation) Münster: LIT

  • Technical reports

  • Radovanovic, Nikola and Benner, Maximilian (2019): Smart specialisation and the wider innovation policy context in the Western Balkans. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 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)

  • Others

  • 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 (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. MPRA Paper No. 40748, Download (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?) MPRA Paper No. 40747, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2011): Abu Dhabi und Dubai: Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung wie aus 1001 Nacht? (Abu Dhabi and Dubai: Economic development as in Arabian Nights?) MPRA Paper No. 40746, Download (external link)
  • Benner, Maximilian (2010): Exportinduziertes Wachstum als Chance für die „nächsten Tiger“? (Export-led growth as a chance for the “next tigers”?) MPRA Paper No. 40744, 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)

  • Book reviews

  • Benner, Maximilian (2017): Dannenberg, P., Kulke, E. (eds.): Economic development in rural areas: Functional and multifunctional approaches. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 61 (2): 115
  • Benner, Maximilian (2014): Wood, A., Roberts, S.: Economic geography: Places, networks and flows. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 58 (1): 66-67

  • Editorships

  • Special issue "Inclusive development — what does it mean for regions and cities?" In: Administrative Sciences 7 (4), 39, Link (external link)
  • 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

  • "EU alignment and institutional change: Tourism in Eilat, Israel". Presentation held at the online research seminar of the Economic Geography Group, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 25 May 2020
  • "Policies to drive structural transformation: The EU experience with smart specialization". Presentation held at the Joint Vienna Institute, Vienna, 5 September 2019
  • "Promoting competition in regional development: from industrial economics to smart specialization". Presentation held at the RSA Annual Conference, Santiago de Compostela, 6 June 2019
  • "Perspektiven der Wissensgesellschaft in Tunesien und Jordanien" (Prospects for the knowledge-based economy in Tunisia and Jordan). Presentation held at the Austrian Institute for International Policy (ÖIIP), Vienna, 28 January 2019
  • "Promoting innovation in the Western Balkans: strengthening innovation systems, tackling brain drain". Presentation held at the workshop "Beyond emigration: education and circular migration as solution for the brain drain?", Vienna, 5 November 2018
  • "Smart specialization and institutional context: towards a process of institutional discovery and change". Presentation held at the JRC/RSA 2018 SMARTER Conference, Seville, 28 September 2018, Link (external link)
  • "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
  • "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, Link (external link)
  • "Upgrading tourism in Eilat". Presentation held at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, Jerusalem, 16 November 2017
  • "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
  • "Instrumente der Clusterpolitik" (Instruments of cluster policy). Presentation held at the First Darmstadt TCI Conference, 15 April 2010

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