Jan Fransen (PhD and MA in development studies) is Deputy Director of the IHS, in charge of international education and training. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Africa Research Institute in Leiden and visiting scholar at POLIS University in Albania. He coordinates the course on urban theory in the master programme on Urban Management and Development and co-coordinates a short course on Sustainable Local Economic Development. In a previous position, he worked for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) of the United Nations based in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Dr Fransen has over 20 years of experience in research, education and consultancy in the field of local economic development, with a particular interest in small firms, urban employment, capacity building, clustering, innovation systems, global value chains, labour-based technologies, institutional economics, evolutionary economics and complexity theory. Dr Fransen has completed a wide range of consultancy, training and research assignments and has held various positions including team leader, senior technical advisor, principal researcher and trainer. He has carried out assignments for the World Bank, European Commission, United Nations (UNDP, ILO, UN-HABITAT), NGO’s such as Cordaid and several national, regional and local governments world-wide. He has long and short-term working experience in over 20 countries, including Albania, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, Namibia, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Fransen, J. 2016) ‘Crafting Innovations. The evolving institutional regimes of handicraft exporters in emerging economies’, ISS: Den Haag.
Fransen, J. and A.H.J. Helmsing (2016) ‘Absorptive capacity as a mediator: innovation of handicraft exports in Yogyakarta, Indonesia’, Tijdschrift van Economische en Sociale Geografie: details forthcoming. DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12212 (online version available, awaiting printing).
Fransen, J. and A.H.J. Helmsing (2016) ‘Breaching the barriers: the segmented business and innovation system of handicraft exports in Cape Town’, Development Southern Africa 33(4): 486-501.
Fransen J. and P.H.L. Gaul (2016) ‘Absorptive Capacity and Local Networking of Home-Based Enterprises in ‘Kampong Cyber’, Yogyakarta, Indonesia’, in: G.M. Gomez and P. Knorringa (eds.). Local Governance, Economic Development and Institutions. Springer.
Fransen, J., 2014. Promoting cluster development, Kasongan pottery cluster, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, p. 76. In: Luis Carvalho; Egon de Haas and Hazem Galal (eds.) [et al.] iUrban : innovative city strategies for sustainable competitiveness : summary report, Rotterdam, iUrban
Fransen, J, 2013, Innovation in SMEs : the case of home accessories in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, (IHS working paper ; 27) Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), iv, 45 p..
Fransen, J., 2012, Transições urbanas em desequilíbrio. De artesanatos a objetos de decoração na Cidade do Cabo = Unbalanced urban transitions. From handicrafts to home accessories in Cape Town. In: Lunardelli Cavallazzi, R. and Cury Paraizo, R. eds., Patrimônio, ambiente e sociedade: novos desafios espaciais = Heritage, environment and society: new spatial challenges. Rio de Janeiro: Programa de pós-graduação em urbanismo (PROURB), pp. 77-115, pp. 275-304..
Fransen, J. and Kassahun, S., 2011, Incorporating informal settlements in Addis Ababa : from centralized urban planning to local planning. In: (eds.) Bongwa, A.; Kassahun S. and Dijk, M. P. van, Decentralization and service delivery in Ethiopia, Shaker Publishing, Maastricht, pp. 104-116..
Fransen, J., 2010, Informality and unemployment in Addis Ababa : an odd couple, In: (eds.) Fransen, J., Kassahun, S. and Dijk, M. P. van, Formalization and informalization processes in urban Ethiopia : incorporating informality, Maastricht, Shaker publishing, pp. 47-69..
Fransen, J., Kassahun S. and Dijk, M. P. van (eds.), 2010, Formalization and informalization processes in urban Ethiopia : incorporating informality, Maastricht, Shaker publishing, xvi, 219 p..
Kassahun, S. and Fransen, J., 2010, Incorporating informality : conclusions and recommendations to incorporate informality, In: (eds.) Fransen, J., Kassahun, S. and Dijk, M. P. van Formalization and informalization processes in urban Ethiopia : incorporating informality, Maastricht, Shaker Publishing, pp. 187-196..
Odufuwa, B.O., Fransen., J., Bongwa, A., and Gianoli, A., 2009, Cities, theories and reality, Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 243-248.
Alehegn, E., Serbeh-Yiadom, K. C. and Dijk, M. P. van, 2008, Land administration : law, policy practice, In: (eds.) Dijk, M.P. van and Fransen, J., Managing Ethiopian cities in an era of rapid urbanisation, Delft, Eburon, pp. 11-27..
Fransen, J., 2008, Can city development strategies boost equitable growth? An analysis of Awassa, In: (eds.) Dijk, M. P. van and Fransen, J., Managing Ethiopian cities in an era of rapid urbanisation, Delft, Eburon, pp. 213-239..
Fransen, J., 2008, Introduction, In: (eds.) Dijk, M.P. van and Fransen, J., Managing Ethiopian cities in an era of rapid urbanisation, Delft, Eburon, pp. 1-9.
Fransen, J. and Dijk, M. P. van, 2008, Informality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, [Paper presented at the conference 'Are cities more important than countries?' Rotterdam, 30 - 31 October, 2008], Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)/Erasmus University Rotterdam, 21 p..