Theodorus Henricus Maria (Theo) van der Loop

1954 –
employment, skills development, small enterpise development, value-chain analysis, urban geography
India, Bangladesh, Nepal
Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Africa, Middle East, Carribean

Curriculum vitae

1954born in Helmond on November 17
1984MA human geography of developing countries, Free University Amsterdam
1992PhD under the supervision of G.A. de Bruijne and J.C. Breman, University of Amsterdam, and J.J. van der Linden, Free University Amsterdam
1992-1996consultant (Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Kyrgyz Republic)
1997-2003Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, seconded to Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia for the SAIL-funded program ‘Capacity building for training and policy research in Regional and Local Development Studies (RLDS) in Ethiopia.’
2004-2010consultant (Indonesia, Bangladesh, Phillippines, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, Rwanda, Guyana, Egypt, Syria)
2010-2011senior economic advisor, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dhaka, Bangladesh
2011-2012consultant (Indonesia, Nepal)
2012-presentsenior advisor employment/small enterprise development, ILO Jakarta, Indonesia


Van der Loop’s studies on Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Africa, Middle East and Carribbean are not included.
1987  The building sector in Vellore, India: modes of labour recruitment and subcontracting, Amsterdam: Free University, Institute of Cultural Anthropology/Sociology of Development (Urban Research Working Papers, Nr. 13), 48 p.
1988  The structure of the building sector in a medium-sized city: contractors, jobbers and hutmakers in Vellore (Tamil Nadu, India), Amsterdam: CASA (Werkdocumenten / CASA 7), 135 p.
1989  “Labor recruitment and subcontracting in the urban building sector in South India.” In: P. van Gelder & J. Bijlmer (eds), About fringes, margins and lucky dips: the informal sector in Third World countries: recent developments in research and policy, Raedarius Books. Four. Free University Press, Amsterdam.
1991  “The impact of urban residence on employment for the poor: the case of the construction sector in Salem, India.” Indian Geographical Journal 65,2: 80-101.
1992  Industrial dynamics and fragmented labour markets: construction firms and labourers in India, PhD thesis University of Amsterdam; also publ. as Nederlandse geografische studies 139, Utrecht-Amsterdam; revision publ. in New Delhi 1996.
1993  Urban poverty alleviation: regional differentiation in Asia, paper for Special Programme ‘Urban Poverty Alleviation’, Directorate-General of International Cooperation (DGIS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague.
1994  Bricks and stones will break your bones: production and labour relations in the building materials sector in South India, Amsterdam: VU (Urban Research Working Papers, Nr. 37), 74 p.
“Structure and dynamics of labor market fragmentation: divisions among construction laborers in South India.” In: A. Kundu Kundu (ed.): Special Issue on Urban Informal Sector. Indian Journal of Labor Economics 37,3: 423-436.
1996  Industrial dynamics and fragmented labour markets: construction firms and labourers in India, SAGE Publications, Livelihood and Environment Series-2, New Delhi/Thousand Oaks/London. – Major revision of 1992.
1998  “Labor markets and flexible specialization: evidence from the construction sector in South India.” In: P. Cadene and M. Holmstrom (eds), Decentralized production in India: industrial districts, flexible specialization, and employment, French Institute of Pondicherry, and SAGE Publications, New Delhi, pp. 331-356.
2010  Tripartite dialogue in Bangladesh: trade unions and employers’ organisations: a position paper, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), Dhaka: December 2010.
Opportunities and constraints for Dutch entrepreneurs in Bangladesh (special emphasis on garments & textile sectors), Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), Dhaka, Bangladesh: December 2010.
2011  Investing in Bangladesh: a guide for new investors, an investment brochure for the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN); Dhaka: Published: June 2011: Expressions Ltd.: Dhaka.
2012  & Oktaviantu Pasaribu and Jeeban Thapa, Report on the review of the ILO Decent Work Country Programme: Nepal 2008-2012. ILO Jakarta/Bangkok/Kathmandu: October 2012.