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

Senior Scientist

Department of Geography and Regional Research

Universitätsstraße 7, 5th floor, Room: D0501

1010 Vienna, Austria


Tel.: +43-1-4277-48625

E-Mail: maximilian.benner[at]

Personal details

Maximilian Benner is an economist and economic geographer. As senior scientist at the University of Vienna, he focuses on innovation-based regional development and their impacts in terms of sustainability and inclusiveness, particularly within the context of EU policies (e.g., cohesion policy, smart specialization, partnerships for regional innovation). His research interests include institutional and evolutionary economic geography as well as the geography of sustainability transitions, and specifically the interplay between agency, institutional context, and policy processes.

Research interests

  • Regional innovation policy and European policy frameworks (e.g., cohesion policy, smart specialization, partnerships for regional innovation)
  • Institutional and evolutionary economic geography
  • Geography of sustainability transitions


Benner M, Shilo S. Discourse as a carrier of history: wine tourism in the Negev and its evolution. European Planning Studies. 2024;32(4):739-759. Epub 2023 Jun 20. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2023.2221310

Benner M. Revisiting path-as-process: agency in a discontinuity-development model. European Planning Studies. 2023;31(6):1119-1138. Epub 2022 Apr 11. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2022.2061309

Giustolisi A, Benner M, Trippl M. Smart specialisation strategies: towards an outward-looking approach. European Planning Studies. 2023;31(4):738-757. Epub 2022 May 3. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2022.2068950

Reiner C, Benner M. Cooperation bias in regional policy: is competition neglected? Annals of Regional Science. 2022 Aug;69(1):187-221. Epub 2022 May 6. doi: 10.1007/s00168-022-01114-0

Benner MKP. Retheorizing industrial–institutional coevolution: a multidimensional perspective. Regional Studies. 2022;56(9):1524-1537. Epub 2021 Jul 27. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1949441

Benner M. Overcoming overtourism in Europe: Towards an institutional-behavioral research agenda. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie. 2020 May 26;64(2):74-87. Epub 2019 Oct 15. doi:

Benner M. The decline of tourist destinations: An evolutionary perspective on overtourism. Sustainability. 2020 May 1;12(9):3653. 3653. doi:

Benner M. The spatial evolution-institution link and its challenges for regional policy. European Planning Studies. 2020;28(12):2428-2446. doi:

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