Wim Naudé

Professorial Fellow

  • Wim Naudé
    +31(0)43 3870866
    South Africa

    Research Interests

    • Challenges of small island developing countries
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Industrialization
    • Spatial economics

    Biographical Statement

    Wim Naudé is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, University of Maastricht. He is also Professor in Development Economics and Entrepreneurship, and Director of Research at the Maastricht School of Management.

    Before coming to Maastricht, Wim was Senior Research Fellow and Project Director at the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). A graduate of the University of Warwick he is, and has been, member of a number of international networks and advisory bodies including the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the Club de Madrid and the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN).

    He has been a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford and has served on the Faculty of Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) on technology entrepreneurship. He has also been a full professor and research director at North-West University, South Africa; a council member of Statistics South Africa; and a lecturer and research officer at the University of Oxford (Centre for the Study of African Economies). As an elected councilor he served five years in local government in South Africa.

    His research focuses on entrepreneurship and governance, global development, spatial economics and the economic development of Africa. He has been guest editor of a number of journal special issues, including of Journal of Development Studies, Small Business Economics, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of International Development and European Journal of Development Research. He is an associate editor of Small Business Economic Journal.

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Vulnerability in Developing Countries (UNU Press)

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • UNU-WIDER Special Issue on Fragility and Development in Small Island Developing States (The Journal of Development Studies Volume: 46(5))
    • Special Issue: Vulnerability in Development: Advances in Concept and Measurement (Oxford Development Studies)
    • Special Section: Female Entrepreneurship across Countries and in Development (Palgrave Macmillan)
    • Africa And The Global Economic Crisis: A Risk Assessment And Action Guide (EUI-RSCAS Working Paper number 27, March 2010)
    • Post COP15 industrial policy (OurWorld 2.0, United Nations University, February 2010)
    • Fallacies about the Global Financial Crisis Harms Recovery in the Poorest Countries (CESifo Forum – Volume 10/2009)

    Technical Papers, Policy Briefs, etc

    • An Inquiry into Cities and Their Role in Subnational Economic Growth in South Africa
    • Conflict, Disasters, and No Jobs: Reasons for International Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa
    • The Determinants of Regional Manufactured Exports from a Developing Country
    • Development Progress in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa
    • Early International Entrepreneurship in China: Extent and Determinants
    • Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
    • Entrepreneurship and Human Development: A Capability Approach
    • Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Growth: Towards A General Theory of Start-Ups
    • Entrepreneurship and Structural Economic Transformation
    • Entrepreneurship is not a Binding Constraint on Growth and Development in the Poorest Countries
    • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (forthcoming)
    • Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and a Global Economic Crisis
    • Export Diversification and Specialization in South Africa: Extent and Impact
    • Export Diversity and Regional Growth: Empirical Evidence from South Africa
    • The Financial Crisis of 2008 and the Developing Countries
    • Focus: Achieving Growth in the Pacific
    • Foreign Direct Investment and Trade in the Southern African Development Community
    • Fragile States
    • The Geographical Location of Manufacturing Exporters in South Africa
    • The Global Economic Crisis after One Year: Is a New Paradigm for Recovery in Developing Countries Emerging?
    • The Global Economic Crisis: Towards Syndrome-Free Recovery for Africa
    • Industrial Policy: Old and New Issues
    • Measuring the Vulnerability of Subnational Regions
    • New Challenges for Industrial Policy
    • Out with the sleaze, in with the ease: Insufficient for entrepreneurial development?
    • The Optimal Distance to Port for Exporting Firms
    • Peace, Prosperity, and Pro-Growth Entrepreneurship
    • Policy Arena: Small Island Developing States: Development Challenges
    • Policy Responses to the Global Economic Crisis in Africa
    • Promoting Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Policy Challenges
    • The Significance of Transport Costs in Africa
    • Special Issue: Entrepreneurship, Developing Countries and Development Economics
    • Suburbanization and Residential Desegregation in South Africa’s Cities
    • Understanding Small-Island Developing States: Fragility and External Shocks
    • Vulnerability in Developing Countries
    • When to Start a New Firm?: Modelling the Timing of Novice and Serial Entrepreneurs
    • ‘Rushing in where Angels Fear to Tread?’: The Early Internationalization of Indigenous Chinese Firms

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • Contribution to the European Report on Development 2009, European University Institute, June 2009
    • Density, Distance and Division in Sub-Saharan Africa, Contribution to the World Development Report 2009