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Max Spoor

Max Spoor

Research Professor, IBEI

Full Professor, ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Max Spoor is Full Professor of Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and Senior Research Fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). His research is on transition economies such as Vietnam, China, and Central and Eastern Europe, in particular regarding rural and environmental issues, poverty, and inequality, and has also worked on these issues in some countries of Latin America (such as Nicaragua). Recently he started a research project in Cuba on agrarian transition. He has published around 40 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and 60 book chapters. His latest (edited) books are Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict (2004), The Political Economy of Rural Livelihoods in Transition Economies; Land, Peasants and Rural Poverty in Transition (2009), Water, Security and Sustainable Rural Development, Conflict and Cooperation in Central Eurasia (with Murat Arsel), and Dragons with Clay Feet? Transition, Sustainable Land Use and Rural Environment in China and Vietnam (with Nico Heerink and Qu Futian).

Background and education

  • (1991) PhD Economics, University of Amsterdam
  • (1983) MPhil Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
  • (1974) MSc Mathematics, University of Leiden


Research interests

  • Environmental Sustainability in Developing and Transition Economies
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Social Exclusion
  • Rural Poverty
  • Inequality

Selected publications

  • Spoor, Max; Visser, O; Mamonova, N

    2014.Is Russia the Emerging Breadbasket? Recultivation, Agroholdings and Agricultural Production.Europe-Asia Studies,66 (10):1589-1610
  • Spoor, Max; Tasciotti, L; Peleah, M

    2014.Quality of Life and Social Exclusion in Rural South, Central, and Eastern Europe.Post-Communist Economies,26 (2):201-219
  • Spoor, Max; Shi, X; Pu, C

    2014.Small Cotton Farmers, Livelihood Diversification and Policy Interventions in Southern Xinjiang.In: H. ZHANG.China's Rural Livelihoods in Transformation.London and New York:Routledge.
  • Spoor, Max; Jiang, P; Arsel, M

    2013.Local Climate Change and Water Distribution in Xinjiang.Local Climate Change and Society.London and New York:Routledge.
  • Spoor, Max.2013.Multidimensional Social Exclusion and the Rural Urban Divide in Eastern and Central Asia.Sociologia Ruralis,53 (2):139-157
  • Spoor, Max; Visser, O; Mamonova, N

    2013.Oligarchs, Megafarms and Land Reserves: Understanding Land Grabbing in Russia.In:

    B. White; Borras, S.M.; Hall, R. (Eds)

    The New Enclosures: Critical Perspectives on Corporate Land Deals.London and New York:Routledge.
  • Spoor, Max; Borras; S.M; Franco, J.C; Gomez, S; Kay, C;

    2012.Land Grabbing in Latin America and the Caribbean.Journal of Peasant Studies,39 (3-4):845-872
  • Spoor, Max; Robbins, M.J

    2012.Agriculture, Food Security, Inclusive Growth.The Hague:Society for International Development / International Institute of Social Studies.
  • Spoor, Max.2010.The 'Dragon' and the 'Elephant' and Global Imbalances.IBEI Working Papers,2010/29.Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
  • Spoor, Max.2007.Ten Propositions on Rural Poverty and Agrarian Transition in Central Eurasia.IBEI Working Papers,2007/10.Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
All publications


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