The international impact of Manfred Max-Neef’s scholarship: a bibliometric approach

María del Valle Barrera*, Patricio Belloy, Benoit Mougenot, Jean Pierre Doussoulin

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This study is the first approach to measure and assess the global scholarly impact of Professor Manfred Max-Neef’s work (1932–2019). Our research uses bibliometric analysis and the Scopus database to identify the interdisciplinarity and internationalisation of Max-Neef’s ideas and recognise their contribution to human and sustainable development. We measure the impact in terms of quantity and quality of citing publications, international collaboration networks, and disciplinary areas influenced by Max-Neef’s work. We acknowledge that this first analysis should be strengthened by adding sources of publications and by expanding the analysis to non-academic spaces, including transition initiatives and other social organisation practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Development
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2022


  • HSD
  • Max-Neef
  • bibliometric analysis
  • ecological economics
  • fundamental human needs
  • human development
  • human scale development
  • sustainable development
  • transdisciplinarity
  • transdisciplinary research
  • wellbeing


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