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Hubert Schmitz

Emeritus Fellow

Professor Hubert Schmitz is a development economist with 40 years of experience in research, teaching and advisory work. His areas of specialisation are sustainable industrialisation, the politics of investment and growth, and the political economy of green transformations.

He is Emeritus Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies and adviser to bilateral and multilateral development agencies. He has published widely in academic journals and is known for succinct synthesis of policy research. He has a long track record in managing international research teams and integrating competences across disciplines. His recent research concentrates on two questions: how the global power shift affects low carbon transformations and who drives climate-relevant policies.

Hubert Schmitz’s recent work


Industrial Districts in Europe: Policy Lessons for Developing Countries

In the 1970s and 1980s, industrial districts in Europe achieved international competitiveness and attained high employment standards, even though they were based on local small- and medium-sized firms and concentrated on traditional sectors. This makes them of special interest to less-developed countries in the South and East. This paper examines what policy lessons can be drawn from this European experience.

1 December 2016