Samia S. O. M. Nour


Affiliated researcher

Professor Dr. Samia Satti Osman Mohamed Nour is an Affiliated Researcher and former visiting research fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, the Netherlands. She is a Full Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum, Sudan. She is a member of the University Senate and the Faculty Board. Prof Samia is the first female professor in the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum since its establishment in 1958, first female professor of Economics, in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum since the establishment of the Department of Economics, and also the first new professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Khartoum since the mid of 1970s. She is an Affiliated Research Fellow of the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASC), Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands. She is an Affiliated Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries (ERF), Cairo, Egypt. She was employed as the coordinator of the Ph.D. programme in Economics (September 2006- May 2009), as an Associate Professor of Economics (January 2012- January 2016), Assistant Professor of Economics (December 2005-December 2011), and as a Teaching Assistant (April 1995- December 2005) at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, Khartoum University.

Prof Samia studied Economics at the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum, Sudan, where she graduated with a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in December 1994. She obtained a M.Sc. in Economics from the Graduate College at the same university in December 1999. She obtained her PhD. degree from the Faculty of Economic and Business Administration, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands in November, 2005. She is the first Arab student and the first African female student graduated from the Ph.D. Programme on Economics and Policy Studies of Technical Change: Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), Faculty of Economic and Business Administration, Maastricht University and the United Nations University (UNU), Maastricht, the Netherlands since its inception in 1995. Prof. Samia received several best student faculty prizes during her undergraduate studies and several research awards and grants during her postgraduate studies. She received the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development Distinguished Scholar Award and Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2011) and the University of Khartoum Scientific Excellence Award Prize in Humanities and Educational Studies (in the field of Economics) (2013).

Prof Samia contributed two background papers for the UNDP Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014. She is the author of several articles published in international refereed journals. She is the author of several books including: Economic Systems of Innovation in the Arab Region (Palgrave Macmillan, USA, 2016), Information and Communication Technology in Sudan: An Economic Analysis of Impact and Use in Universities (Springer, Switzerland, 2015), Technological Change and Skill Development in Arab Gulf Countries (Springer, Switzerland, 2013), and Technological Change and Skill Development in Sudan (Springer, Germany, 2013). She is the co-author of the Arab States Chapter of the UNESCO Science Report in the World (2015). She is the co-author of African Capacity Report (2017) "Building Capacity in Science Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation". She is the co-editor of the Unit of Sudan, African Development Perspective Yearbook (2017) "Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Inclusive Growth in Africa," Volume 20, Institute for World Economics and International Management, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.

Prof Samia completed several research projects supported by several regional and international institutions. She has worked as Economic Consultant for international institutions such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), ILO, OECD, UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, and UNECA. She was a member of the advisory and reading committee for the UNDP Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014. She is a member of the editorial advisory board, the International Journal of Sudan Research, World Association for Sustainable Development, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Prof Samia stayed as a Guest Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Uppsala, Sweden from April to July 2017; as a visiting researcher at Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen University, Bergen, Norway, May 2017; as a visiting research fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, the Netherlands from October 2010 to December 2011; as a visiting research fellow at ASC, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands from May to July 2009, as a Ph.D. Intern at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland from May to July 2002; and as a Ph.D. Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands from September 1999 to November 2005.

Prof Samia's main research interests are in the fields of Economics, Economics of Innovation and Technological Change, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Development Economics, International Economics, Labour Economics, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, Endogenous Growth, Human Capital, Public Policy, Migration, Transfer of Knowledge, and Knowledge Economy.




Selected publications by Samia S. O. M. Nour


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2018, The impact of ICT in public and private universities in Sudan, the Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 9(4): 1391-1414, DOI: 10.1007/s13132-016-0429-x, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2015, Overview of Technology Transfer in Manufacturing Industries in the Arab Countries: the case of UAE and Sudan, the International Journal of Sudan Research (IJSR), 5(1): 1-24
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2015, The economic importance and impacts of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in Sudan, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 7(2): 126-143
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Transition to a Knowledge- Based Economy in the Arab Region, the International Journal of Innovation and Knowledge Management in Middle East and North Africa (IJIKMMENA), 3(2): 125-145
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Assessment of gender gap in Sudan, the International Journal of Sudan Research (IJSR), 4(1)
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Prospects for transition to a knowledge-based economy in the Arab region, World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 11(4), More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, The importance (impacts) of knowledge at the macro-micro levels in the Arab Gulf countries, the Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 5(3)
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Regional Systems of Innovation and Economic Structure in the Arab Region, the Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 5(3)
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Science, Technology and Innovation Policies in Sudan, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Special Issue
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Overview of knowledge economy in the Arab region, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 4(2)
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2012, Assessment of science and technology indicators in Sudan, Journal of Science, Technology and Society (SAGE), 17(2): 321-352
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2012, The Incidence and Transfer of Knowledge within the Arab Societies, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 3(2)
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Assessment of the impacts of oil: Opportunities and challenges for economic development in Sudan, Journal of African Review of Economics and Finance, 2(2): 122-148
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, National, Regional and Global Perspectives of Higher Education and Science Policies in the Arab Region, Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, 49(4): 387-423
Muysken, Joan & Samia S. O. M. Nour, 2006, Deficiencies in Education and Poor Prospects for Economic Growth in the Gulf Countries: The Case of the UAE, Journal of Development Studies, 42(6): 957-980
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2005, Science and Technology (S&T) Development Indicators in the Arab Region: A Comparative Study of Arab Gulf and Mediterranean Countries, Journal of Science, Technology and Society (SAGE), 10(2): 249-274


Book chapters
Nnadozie, Emmanuel, Thomas Munthali, Robert Nantchouang, Samia S. O. M. Nour & Nicholas Ozor, 2018, Successful Cases of Building Capacity in Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation Systems, in: Alabi, Reuben; Gutowski, Achim; Mohamed Hassan, Nazar; Knedlik, Tobias; Mohamed Nour, Samia; and Wohlmuth, Karl (Eds), African Development Perspectives Yearbook (2018): Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth in Africa: Unit 1: General Issues and Country Cases, Vol. 20, Lit Verlag, Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London
Nour, Samia S. O. M. & Karl Wohlmuth, 2018, Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policies for Sudan’s Economic Revitalization - An Introduction, in: Alabi, Reuben; Gutowski, Achim; Mohamed Hassan, Nazar; Knedlik, Tobias; Mohamed Nour, Samia; and Wohlmuth, Karl (Eds), African Development Perspectives Yearbook (2018): Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth in Africa: Unit 1: General Issues and Country Cases, Vol. 20, Lit Verlag, Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2018, Innovation in Industrial Firms in Sudan, in: Alabi, Reuben; Gutowski, Achim; Mohamed Hassan, Nazar; Knedlik, Tobias; Mohamed Nour, Samia; and Wohlmuth, Karl (Eds), African Development Perspectives Yearbook (2018): Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth in Africa: Unit 1: General Issues and Country Cases, Vol. 20, Lit Verlag, Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2018, The National Innovation System in Sudan – Is it enhancing national competitiveness and contributing to a higher business performance?, in: Alabi, Reuben; Gutowski, Achim; Mohamed Hassan, Nazar; Knedlik, Tobias; Mohamed Nour, Samia; and Wohlmuth, Karl (Eds), African Development Perspectives Yearbook (2018): Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth in Africa: Unit 1: General Issues and Country Cases, Vol. 20, Lit Verlag, Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Overview of Technology Transfer in Manufacturing Industries in the Arab Countries: the case of UAE and Sudan, in: Allam Ahmed (ed), World Sustainable Development Outlook 2014 and World Association for Sustainable Development Conference Proceedings 2014: “West Meet East: Sharing the Past and Current Experience to Benefit the Future, United Kingdom, (UK)
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Challenges and Opportunities for transition to a Knowledge- Based Economy in the Arab Region, in: Allam Ahmed (ed), World Sustainable Development Outlook 2014 and World Association for Sustainable Development Conference Proceedings 2014: 'West Meet East: Sharing the Past and Current Experience to Benefit the Future, -, United Kingdom, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Transition to a Knowledge- Based Economy in the Arab Region, in: Allam Ahmed (ed), World Sustainable Development Outlook 2013 and World Association for Sustainable Development Conference Proceedings 2013: 10 Years of Sustainable Development: New Multi-Disciplinary Approaches and Methodologies, United Kingdom, (UK), More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2006, ICT Opportunities and Challenges for Development in the Arab Region, in: A. P. D'Costa (ed.), The New Economy in Development: ICT Challenges and Opportunities” series of Technology, Globalization, and Development, Vol. 2, Palgrave Macmillan's, UK


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Alabi, Reuben, Achim Gutowski, Nazar Mohamed Hassan, Tobias Knedlik, Samia S. O. M. Nour & Karl Wohlmuth (eds.), 2018, African Development Perspectives Yearbook: Science Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth in Africa: Unit 1: General Issues and Country Cases, Vol. 20, Lit Verlag, Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2016, Economic Systems of Innovation in the Arab Region, Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, 304, 304 pp, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2015, Information and Communication Technology in Sudan: An Economic Analysis of Impact and Use in Universities, Springer International Publishing, AG, Cham, Switzerland, Springer Series Contributions to Economics, 374 p, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Technological Change and Skill Development in Arab Gulf Countries, Springer International Publishing, AG, Cham, Switzerland, Springer Series Contributions to Economics, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Technological Change and Skill Development in Sudan, Springer, Germany, 478 p, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2020, Overview of the Sudan Uprising, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-017
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2020, Migration of higher education students from the North Africa Region to the United Kingdom, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-016
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2019, Migration of higher education students from the North Africa region, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-010
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2019, Knowledge economy and economic development in the Arab region, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-009
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Migration of international students and mobilizing skills in the MENA Region, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-031
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Challenges and opportunities for transition to knowledge-based economy in Arab Gulf countries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-030
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Transition to knowledge-based economy in Saudi Arabia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-029
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, The impact of ICT in public and private universities in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-018
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Overview of knowledge transfer in MENA countries - The case of Egypt, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-017
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Structure of labour market and unemployment in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-016
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Education, training and skill development policies in Arab Gulf countries: Macro-micro overview, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-015
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2014, Assessment of effectiveness of Chinese aid in competence building and financing development in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-014
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, The importance (impacts) of knowledge at the macro-micro levels in the Arab Gulf countries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-016
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Overview of knowledge economy in the Arab region, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-015
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, The economic importance and impacts of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-014
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Development and social justice: Education, training and health in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-013
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2013, Regional systems of innovation in the Arab region, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-012
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, The Use and Economic Impacts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-060
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, The use and economic impacts of ICT at the macro-micro levels in the Arab Gulf countries, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-059
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Arab regional systems of innovation: characteristics and implications, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-058
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, The importance (impact) of knowledge at the macro-micro levels in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-034
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Estimating the rate of return to education in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-033
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Education, training and skill development policies in Sudan: Macro-micro overview, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-032
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Assessment of skill and technology indicators at the macro-micro levels in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-031
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Assessment of industrial performance and the relationship between skill, technology and input-output indicators in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-030
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Labour market and unemployment in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-007
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Assessment of the impacts of oil: Opportunities and challenges for economic development in Sudan, Published as Nour, Samia (2011a), "Assessment of the impacts of oil: Opportunities and challenges for economic development in Sudan," the Journal of African Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 2, No.2, June 2011, pp. 122-148., UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-006
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Assessment of effectiveness of China aid in financing development in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-005
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2011, Assessment of gender gap in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-004
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2010, Higher education and science policies in the Arab region: National, regional and global processes, Published as Nour, Samia (2011b), "National, Regional and Global Perspectives of Higher Education and Science Policies in the Arab Region" Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, Minerva, Springer, Germany, December 2011, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-065
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2010, The incidence and transfer of knowledge in the Arab countries, Summary of the UNU-MERIT Working paper 2010-64, forthcoming as Nour, Samia (2012) "The Incidence and Transfer of Knowledge within the Arab Societies," Paper accepted for publication (published online: 11 January 2012) and forthcoming in the Journal of , UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-064
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2010, The impact of ICT in the transformation and production of knowledge in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-063
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2010, Assessment of science and technology indicators in Sudan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-062


External working papers
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2020, Overview of the Sudan Uprising – Before, During and After the Revolution, Sudan Economy Research Group (SERG) Discussion Paper Number 44 (This a revised version of the paper. The original version of this paper was published as UNU-MERIT Working Paper (UNU-MERIT WP 2020-17), More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M. & Eltayeb Mohamedain, 2020, Food Security and Agricultural Development in Sudan: The case of Kassala State, CMI Sudan Working paper Number 1, More information


Research reports
Kotowski, Joanna & Samia S. O. M. Nour, 2020, Evaluation of the “Asserting People's Habitat Rights at all Levels” global project of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC)- Evaluated period: 2014 – 2019, MISEREOR and the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) Evaluation Report (2019), More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M. & Nicholas Ozor, 2017, Africa Capacity Report 2017: Building Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation, Published by ACBF, with financial support from the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Two international experts in the field of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) (Dr. Nicholas Ozor and Prof. Samia Nour) prepared the various chapters of the report. Dr. Ozor is the author of chapters 2, 4 and 6 and Prof. Nour is the author of chapters 1, 3 and 5. The report was launched on 28th of March 2017 in Dakar, Senegal, during a meeting of Ministers of Finance and Economic Planning as part of Africa Development Week, organised annually by the AUC and UNECA. The report was also launched in nine other cities in Africa and in Stockholm, Sweden, 224, More information
Zou’bi, Moneef, Samia S. O. M. Nour, Jauad El-Kharraz & Nazar Hassan, 2015, UNESCO Science Report 2015: Towards 2030-Arab States Chapter 17, UNESCO, Paris, France, 1-40, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2012, Technological Change and Skill Development: The case of Sudan, This research discusses the need for skill development and interaction with technological change in Sudan, 362 pages


Theses
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2005, Technological Change and Skill Development in the Arab Gulf Countries, UM Universiteit Maastricht, More information


Briefs
Nour, Samia S. O. M. & Eltayeb Mohamedain, 2020, Agricultural development and food security in Sudan as seen from Kassala State, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) CMI Sudan Policy Brief Number 4, (CMI SPB 2020:4), Bergen, Norway, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M. & Eltayeb Mohamedain, 2020, Food Insecurity in Sudan as seen from Kassala State, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) CMI Sudan Policy Brief Number 3., (CMI SPB 2020:3), Bergen, Norway, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2017, Africa Bridging the digital divide, The Nordic Africa Institute Policy Notes Series No 2017/4; NAI, Uppsala, Sweden, More information
Nour, Samia S. O. M., 2010, The Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: The Case of Sudan, Policy Brief of African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Collaborative Research China- Africa Project, Policy Brief Issue Number 9, AERC, Nairobi, Kenya


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