Peter Knorringa is a Professor of Private Sector & Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His Chair focuses on the diverse roles and impacts of business on development. He does not perceive private firms as either the ‘enemy’ or the ‘heroic deliverer’ of development. Instead, he aims to advance a more empirical and nuanced debate on where and when entrepreneurs and firms are more likely to contribute to achieving more inclusive and sustainable development.
Since 2013, Professor Knorringa is the academic director of the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA), a multi-disciplinary research centre that is part of the strategic alliance between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
His present research explores the developmental impacts of frugal innovations, and builds on his previous research on clustered small and medium scale enterprises, the role of trust, networks and social capital in value chain analysis, and the role of sustainability standards.
Most of his research experience is in India and Vietnam, and he has also worked in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Russia.
Peter Knorringa (2005) - An Italian Model and an Indian Reality: Searching for a Way-Out of Deteriorating Sweatshop Conditions - Ashgate
Peter Knorringa (2005) - Trayectorias De Clusters Urbanos Y Oportunidades De Mejora Endógena En Países En Vías De Desarrollo - Instituto di Politica per lo Sviluppo Industriale
Peter Knorringa (2002) - Cluster Trajectories and the Likelihood of Endogenous Upgrading - Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter Knorringa (2002) - Urban Cluster Trajectories in Developing Countries: Beyond the Industrial District Model - Ashgate
Peter Knorringa (2001) - Beyond the Industrial District Model: Urban Cluster Trajectories - AGIDS, University of Amsterdam
Peter Knorringa & J Meyer-Stamer (1999) - New Dimensions in Local Enterprise Co-operation and Development: From Clusters to Industrial Districts - Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Peter Knorringa (1999) - Trust and Distrust in Artisan - Trader Relations in the Agra Footwear Industry, India - Spinhuis
Peter Knorringa (1999) - Un Modello Italiano e una Realta Indiana: l'industria calzaturiera ad Agra - Società editrice il Mulino
Peter Knorringa (1999) - Artisan Labour in the Agra Footwear Industry: Continued Informality and Changing Threats - Sage
Peter Knorringa (1998) - Barriers to Flexible Specialization in Agra's Footwear Industry - Sage
Peter Knorringa (1996) - Small Enterprises in the Indian Footwear Industry (Madras & Amsterdam: Central Leather Research Institute & University of Amsterdam) - University of Amsterdam
Peter Knorringa (1994) - Lack of Interaction Between Traders and Producers in the Agra Footwear Cluster - Intermediate Technology Publications
Peter Knorringa (1993) - Subcontracting: the Incorporation of Small Producers in Dynamic Industrial Networks. In: I.S.A. Baud and G.A. de Bruijne (eds.) - Gender, Small-Scale Industry and Development Policy. - Intermediate Technology Publications
Peter Knorringa (1992) - Industrial Policy and the Role of Small Scale Industries. In: J.J.F. Heins & E.N. Meijer (eds.) - Factories and Families. A Study of a Growth Pole in South India. - Manohar Publications
Peter Knorringa, GA Bruijne & HJ Sommeling (1990) - Regional Development Policy in Tamil Nadu: Some Results of Investigations - Heritage Publishers
Peter Knorringa (2007) - The Reach and Depth of Responsible Production (Paper presented at the conference on 'Production Networks and Decent Work in India' organised by ILO in cooperation with Institute of Human Development (New Delhi, India) and Institute of Social and Economic Change (Bangalore, India), 18-20 November 2007)
Irene Staveren & Peter Knorringa (2006) - Social Capital in Economic Development: How Social Relations Matter (Paper presented at the Economics Department of University of Utrecht, Utrecht, 18 January 2006).
Peter Knorringa (2005) - Trust and Networks of Entrepreneurs in the Footwear Industry in Ethiopia and Vietnam. Paper presented to European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, 3rd Workshop on Trust, 28-29 October, Amsterdam.
Peter Knorringa & Lee Pegler (2003) - Shifting Perceptions of Labor Rights and Conditions: SMEs in Global Value Chains (Paper presented at the IPRW 2 Workshop, RLDS at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, 28-29 April 2003; paper is an updated version of the EADI paper presented in Amsterdam, 17-18 January 2003)
Peter Knorringa & Lee Pegler (2003) - Shifting Perceptions of Labour Rights and Conditions: SMEs in Global Value Chains (Paper presented at the EADI Small Enterprise Development and Employment Workshop)
Peter Knorringa (1995) - Economics of Collaboration in Producer-Trader Relations: Transaction Regimes Between Market and Hierarchy in the Agra Footwear Cluster, India - Amsterdam
T Dietz, A de Ruijter, E van Dongen, Bert Helmsing & Peter Knorringa (2006) - Evaluation of the Theme based Co-financing Programme (TMF) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Synthesis Report - Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Peter Knorringa (2003) - Fair Trade Effect Study: Pilot-phase Synthesis Report. Report for the Dutch Fair Trade Organisation. - ISS
Bert Helmsing & Peter Knorringa (2002) - Contours of an LED Strategy for Durban: Connecting External Positioning with Internal Transformation (Report submitted to the EU Durban project, Durban. March 2002)
Thanh Dam Truong & Peter Knorringa (2001) - Micro Enterprises in Vietnam's Industrialisation: A Gender Analysis of the Policy Environment and its Implications on Training (Report submitted to MSM-SAIL)
H Schmitz & Peter Knorringa (1999) - Learning from Global Buyers - IDS
Erhard Berner & Peter Knorringa (1998) - Poverty Alleviation in South and Southeast Asia: Nepal Refresher Course Report - ISS
Peter Knorringa (1998) - Cluster Trajectories in Developing Countries
Peter Knorringa (1997) - Clustered Indian Shoemakers facing the New Competition
Peter Knorringa (1997) - Artisan Labour in the Agra Footwear Industry, India
Peter Knorringa (1997) - Trust and Distrust in Artisan-trader Relations in the Agra Footwear Industry, India
Peter Knorringa (1997) - Transferability of Industrial District Models and Policies
Peter Knorringa (1992) - Importance of Trust in the Subsector Approach: An Example from the Footwear Industry in Agra, India. (Research Memorandum No. 1992-43. Amsterdam: Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Free University) - Free University Amsterdam
Peter Knorringa & H Kox (1992) - Transaction Regimes: An Instrument for Research in Industrial Organization (Research Memorandum No. 1992-34. Amsterdam: Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Free University) - Free University Amsterdam
Peter Knorringa & H Sandee (1989) - Changes in the Organization of Marketing and Production in Rural Industry. (UPPW Working Paper, No.24. Salatiga: Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Indonesia)
Peter Knorringa (1988) - The Small-Scale Sector in a Growth Pole. A Case Study of Hosur, Tamil Nadu, India (MA Thesis published as: Working Document, no.6. Amsterdam: Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam).