Prof Dr Markus Loewe

Function: Project Lead & Senior Researcher

Specialization: Economy

Work areas:

  • Social Protection
  • Pro-poor growth / inclusive growth
  • Development Co-operation with the MENA region
  • Governance and Investment Climate
  • Development and promotion of small and medium enterprises
  • Industrial policy
  • Demographic change
  • Regional Coordinator Near and Middle East, North Africa

Responsibilities in education and training:

  • Poverty reduction
  • The post-2015 agenda
  • Pro-poor growth
  • Human development
  • Social protection
  • Labour market policies
  • Development cooperation with the Middle East and North Africa region


since 1/2018German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Researcher, Research Programme "Transformation of Economic and Social Systems"
since 2023Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Honorary Professor for "Social Protection and Inclusive Growth" in the Department of Social Policy and Social Security
2015Offer of a chair at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg rejected
(W3 Professorship for Economy and Society of the Middle East)
1999-12/2017German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Senior Researcher
Team leader of research projects on "Pro-poor growth in India and Brazil" (2007-2009), "Social Impacts of the global financial and economic crisis" (2010-2012) and "Political economy of pro-poor growth" (2013-2014)
Coordinator for DIE's research on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (since 2006)
2002-2004Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
Faculty of Economics and Social Science
PhD-student (economics)
Thesis on "Social Protection and the Informal Sector. The case of the Arab world with special reference to the potential of the micro-insurance concept"
(Dr. rer. pol.)
1999International Labour Organization
Sub-Directorate for Arab States
1995-1998Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen
Dipl.-Volkswirt (grad. rer. pol.)
Student of economic theory; international economic policy; public finance; political science and Arab language
1996Friedrich Ebert-Foundation
Jerusalem office for the Palestinian territories
1994-1995University of Damascus
Academic year
1991-1994Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen
and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg
cand. rer. pol.
student of economic theory, political science, modern history and Arab language

Member of

  • Advisory Board of the Poverty, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNET)
  • Advisory Board of the applied research project on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in systems of social protection
  • Working group “Social Protection” of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes


Research Award by the Josef Popper-Nährpflicht-Foundation, University of Frankfurt, for the Master Thesis on "Social protection schemes in the Palestinian territories" (1998)

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces