Dr. Serdar Turkeli , MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor / Coordinator Innovation, Institutions & Development Specialisation

Research group(s):
3. Economic Complexity and Innovation
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
4. Governance and institutions
2. Structural Change and Economic Development


As of 1st May 2024 | Received citations: >1360 | h-index: 15 | i10-index: 18

‪Serdar Türkeli‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬ 


  • Lead Guest Editorship

    I am lead guest editor of the Special Issue, Innovation for Sustainability, Circular Economy, System Transitions and Societal Transformations, for Sustainability. Read the editorial introduction. Submissions: until 13 November 2024

  • Latest Publications:
    • Türkeli, S. (2024). Social and Institutional Innovation. In: Nijkamp P., Haynes K., Kourtit K., Alburz Z. (Ed) The World of Regional Science: The Thematic Encyclopedia of Regional Science. Edward Elgar. 

    • Rataj O.,Türkeli, S. (2023). Success factors for scaling up and raising investment by circular entrepreneurs in emerging market and developing economies, Circular Economy and Sustainability Journal, Springer Nature. 

    • Bougiouklis, K., Kesselring, A., Premyanov, N., Thompson, D., Türkeli, S., & Wintjes, R. (2023). Promoting cross-border activities for social economy, ISBN 978-92-9460-949-6 doi: 10.2826/638092 EA-08-21-304-EN-N, Publications Office of the European Union

    • Ramani, Shyama V. , Pranav Shankar Kaundinya, Natalie Perné & Serdar Türkeli (2023), Building Resilience to Flooding, UNU-MERIT Policy Brief, April 25, 2023, DOI: 10.53330/TLGW9214, More information

    • Türkeli, S. (2022). Complexity and Regulatory Intelligence: Meta-Governance of Transformative Laws and Regulations. In: Byttebier, K., van der Borght, K. (eds) Law and Sustainability. Economic and Financial Law & Policy – Shifting Insights & Values, vol 6. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92620-5_6

    • Türkeli, S. et al. (2022). X Economies: Towards Comprehensive Policy Intelligence among Economy Visions and Practices in Europe and Latin America. In: Alvarez-Risco, A., Rosen, M.A., Del-Aguila-Arcentales, S. (eds) Towards a Circular Economy. CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94293-9_17

    • Turkeli, Serdar, Beijia Huang, Satoshi Ohnishi & René Kemp, 2022, Issues, Interventions and Innovations in the Cement Industry: A Comparative Trajectory Analysis of Eco-Cement Transitions in the Netherlands, China, and Japan, in: Alexandros Stefanakis, Ioannis Nikolaou, Circular Economy and Sustainability: Management and Policy, Volume 1, Elsevier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819817-9.00027-2, More information

    • Türkeli, Serdar & René Kemp, 2021, System Transitions for Sustainable Development Goal 9, in: Leal Filho W., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Springer Nature, Switzerland, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71059-4_95-1, More information

    • Kemp, René & Serdar Turkeli, 2021, Sustainable development as redirected evolution, in: Ana Elena Builes V.; Andrea Casals H.; Gonzalo Valdivieso, Cultures and Local Practices of Sustainability, Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia, More information
    • Turkeli, Serdar, 2020, Complexity and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Computational Intelligence Approach to Support Policy Mix Designs, Journal of Sustainability Research, 2(1): 1-22, DOI: https://doi.org/10.20900/jsr20200006, More information


  • Advisor,  UNDP SDG AI Lab, (Joint initiative of UNDP Nature, Climate, and Energy Cluster, UNDP Finance Sector Hub, UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), and UNV-IICPSD Digital Transformation Partnership)
  • Member of the Steering Board, Eco-Innovation Society
  • Co-Lead, Adaptation and Sustainable Transformations, Climate Resilience Initiative, UNU-MERIT, UNU-EHS, UNU-CRIS
  • Featured expert in SDG 12 Responsible Production and Consumption by UNU SDG Explorer.


1st January 2024 



Dr. Serdar Türkeli conducts academic and policy research at the United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT United Nations University), Maastricht University. He applies quantitative and/or qualitative methods to critical political economy and policy issues related to governance of science, technology and innovation (STI), STI policies and their governance for sustainability, system transitions and societal transformations.

  • Domain Expertise:
    • Governance of Innovation | Complexity of Innovation | Emerging Technologies | AI/ML | Digital Transformation and Digital Economy
    • Innovation for Sustainability | Eco-Innovation | Circular Economy | Sustainability Transitions | Sustainable Development | Sustainable Development Goals
    • Social Economy | Social Entrepreneurship, Advocacy and Public Policy Nexus | Education  
    • Applied Political Economy | Alternative Economies | System Transitions | Societal Transformations


His work has appeared in Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Journal of Cleaner Production; Journal of Industrial Ecology; Energies; Journal of Sustainability Research; International Economics and Economic Policy; International Economics Letters; Journal Global Policy and Governance; Social Sciences, Journal Circular Economy and Sustainability and as book chapters in Springer, Elsevier and Oxford University Press, and as policy research reports for Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Turkish Public Enterprises Association, and several European Commission Directorates-General, European Commission Executive Agencies, UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy, UN Water and UNESCO.  


Dr. Türkeli holds University Teacher Qualification Certificate (BKO) and Advanced University Teacher Training (TATT) certificates. Dr. Türkeli coordinated "Innovation, Institutions and Development" (IID) and "Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy" specialisation track of the Master of Science Programme Public Policy and Human Development  Holds a broad portfolio of research-led teaching and educational activities. 


Dr. Türkeli is Member of the Steering Board of Innovation for Sustainable Development Network: Global Network of Networks (networked spaces for learning), advisor to UNDP SDG AI Lab. Co-founded of Science, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurial Engagement for Societal Welfare (SITE4Society) initiative, physical spaces for learning. 

He engages several levels of knowledge transfer and outreach activities. e.g.:  

He performs reviews for journals, publishers and key conferences (e.g. Science and Public Policy, GLOBELICS, APPAM).


In 2017, he established the Lab at UNU-MERIT United Nations University. 



Serdar obtained his doctor's degree from Maastricht University, United Nations University; research master of science degree in international studies in computer engineering from University of Duisburg-Essen Germany with an A-level research master’s thesis on international engineering, technology management, and enterprise modelling, and a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Baskent University (Turkey). Before joining the United Nations University-MERIT, Maastricht University, he worked at Middle East Technical University Science and Technology Policies Research Center (METU-TEKPOL) in several international STI policy research and development initiatives (e.g. EC DG INFSO/Information Communication Technologies; EU COST STRIKE/Higher Education, Foreign Direct Investments; EU FP7/European Research Neighbourhood (ERN); TUBITAK/Machinery and Furniture Clusters; TKIB/Strategy for State-owned Enterprises). He completed PhD-level STI policy studies coursework with an assessment of 91/100.

Selected Publications:

For selected publications, please see below: 

Selected publications by Serdar Turkeli