In December 2016, the University of Khartoum in Sudan, East Africa, approved the promotion of Dr. Samia Satti Osman Mohamed Nour to the status of full Professor of Economics. Prior to this, she gained a PhD in Economics from Maastricht University in 2005 and remains an Affiliated Researcher at UNU-MERIT.
With this promotion, Nour becomes the first female professor in the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum since its establishment in 1958; the first female professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Khartoum since the establishment of the Department of Economics; and the first new professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Khartoum since the mid-1970s.
She is the author of several books including: Technological Change and Skill Development in Sudan (Springer, Germany, 2013), Technological Change and Skill Development in Arab Gulf Countries (Springer, Switzerland, 2013), Information and Communication Technology in Sudan: An Economic Analysis of Impact and Use in Universities (Springer, Switzerland, 2015), and Economic Systems of Innovation in the Arab Region (Palgrave Macmillan, USA, 2016). She is also the co-author of the Arab States Chapter of the UNESCO Science Report (2015).
Nour has worked as an Economic Consultant for international institutions such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), ILO, OECD, UNDP, UNFPA and UNECA and ACFB. She was a member of the advisory committee for the UNDP Third Arab Knowledge Report 2014. 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).
Her main research interests are in the fields of Economics, Science and Technology, Innovation, Economics of Innovation and Technological Change, Development Economics, Labour Economics, International Economics, Migration, and the Knowledge Economy.
University of Khartoum / M. Ahm