Maximilian BENNER, Dipl.-Kfm. Dr. LLB MSc

Senior Post-Doc

Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung

Universitätsstraße 7, 5. Stock, Raum D0501

1010 Wien, Österreich


Tel.: +43-1-4277-48625

E-Mail: maximilian.benner[at]

Maximilian Benner is an economist and economic geographer at the University of Vienna with a focus on regional development in EU enlargement and neighborhood countries. In addition to his research, he has been teaching courses on economic geography and regional development at Heidelberg University, 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.

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"Industrial-institutional co-evolution in regional economies"
Lise Meitner grant of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Grant number M-2992, 2021-2023

How do regional economies develop differently, even within the same country and under the same policies? This is the basic question the research project on industrial-institutional co-evolution addresses by looking at the role of institutions such as mutual trust in business relationships, entrepreneurial attitudes, or entrepreneurs' inclination to cooperate. At the same time, the role of individuals and their decisions in shaping these institutions is examined. The research design focuses on three regional economies in Israel, a country that has seen the rise a dynamic entrepreneurial scene during the past decades. The coastal city of Haifa is a traditional industrial center whose service sector is evolving. In the Northern city of Nazareth, a young scene of Arab entrepreneurs in the information and communication technology industry has emerged. Be'er Sheva in the Negev desert is developing into an important cybersecurity cluster. Together, these three empirical case studies allow for conclusions on how the same macro-level context can lead to different patterns of regional development and for why the impact of national policies differs between regions.