Dr Samer Abdelnour

Samer Abdelnour

Assistant Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


I use organization theory and qualitative methods to study topics at the intersection of social enterprise and international development. Current projects explore how post-war enterprise projects with former fighters diffuse societal risk (Blue Nile, Sudan), how the idea sets of would-be entrepreneurs reflect potential paths for economic development (Morocco), and beneficiary perspectives on humanitarian technology (Darfur, Sudan), the production of health policy metrics (global), and how advocacy organizations elevate humanitarian issues (US/global). Since 2006, I have undertaken extensive fieldwork in Sudan and Southern Sudan with displaced communities, former combatants, and the organizations seeking to serve them. A key focus for my current work is 'Humanitarian Technology', funded through a Marie Curie Fellowship (2015-2017).

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Business-Society Management


Scholarly Publications (8)


Organization Memberships (2)

  • European Group for Organizational Studies


  • Academy of Management



Media items

  • World insight: higher education for refugees trapped in transit

    Europe’s continuing refugee crisis has prompted a range of responses to ease the transition of displaced students into higher education. The model Enjaz (accomplishment) for providing blended learning in circumstances such as...

  • Cookstove advocates must place gender and violence at the centre of research designs

    There is growing interest among humanitarian actors in interventions to protect vulnerable communities from gender violence, particularly displaced women and girls. Improved cookstoves are one such intervention. In fact, over the...

  • ‘Ik wist zeker: ik ga nooit meer terug naar de corporate wereld’

    By treating people in refugee camps as helpless victims, you will not help them any further. RSM's Samer Abdelnour pleads for a totally different approach after having conducted fieldwork for a number of years in Sudan.

  • Annual Geuzenpenning granted to Padre Solalinde

    Each year, the Dutch municipality of Vlaardingen awards the so-called ‘Geuzenpenning’; a medal honouring human rights defenders around the world. In 2019, the Geuzenpenning is awarded to Padre Solalinde for his support to migrants...


Skills 3: Academic Writing

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2014/2015
  • Code: BAP067
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Bachelor 1

Communicating Sustainability

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMME107
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BMRM2GBS
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BMRM4GBS
  • ECTS: 1 Level: Master

Past courses

Advanced Topics in Organization Theory

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BERMASC012
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BMRM1GBS
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMRMGBS
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Research Methodology

  • Study year: 2014/2015
  • Code: RSMRM1GBS
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master