Dr. Serdar Turkeli PhD, MSc.

Researcher / Coordinator Innovation, Institutions & Development Specialisation

Research group(s):
4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
7. ICT-enabled Innovation and Societal Transformations
5. Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy


Dr. Serdar Türkeli conducts science, technology and innovation policy research and development at the United Nations University-MERIT. He applies quantitative and qualitative methods to critical policy issues related to multi-scalar governance of science, technology, innovation (STI), STI policies, such as entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, digital and societal transformations, sustainable development, sustainability, and political economy.

"Sino-European Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency", "European Global Transition Network on Eco-Innovation, Green Economy and Sustainable Development”, "New Technologies and Digitization: Opportunities  and Challenges for the Social Economy and Social Enterprises" constitute his primary contexts.

His work has appeared in Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Energies, International Economics and Economic Policy, International Economics Letters, Journal Global Policy and Governance, and as book chapters in Springer and Oxford University Press.


He uses multi-method analysis to provide critical policy options, recommendations and ideas: i) Econometrics (e.g. Celbis and Türkeli, 2015); ii) Structural Equation Modelling/Partial Least Squares Path Modelling (e.g. Blohmke, Kemp and Türkeli, 2016); iii) Life Cycle Assessment/Decoupling Analysis (e.g. Huang et al., 2018);  iv) Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (e.g. Türkeli, 2012; Bilman and Türkeli, 2013); v) Scientometrics/Bibliometrics (e.g. Türkeli and Kemp, 2018; Türkeli et al., 2018); vi) Network analysis (e.g. Türkeli et al., 2018); vii) Cluster analysis (e.g. Türkeli et al., 2018); viii) Text/Content Analysis (e.g. McDowall et al. 2017; Türkeli et al., 2018); ix) Q-methodology (e.g. Türkeli, 2013); x) Discourse Analysis (e.g. Türkeli, 2013); xi) Survey research and analysis (e.g. Türkeli et al., 2018'; Türkeli et al., 2019 ), and xii) Qualitative research (e.g. Kemp, Barteková, Türkeli, 2017).


Dr. Türkeli is the coordinator and academic advisor of "Innovation, Institutions and Development" (IID) specialisation track of the Master of Science Programme Public Policy and Human Development at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/UNU-MERIT. He holds University Teacher Qualification Certificate (BKO) and lectures in ''Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’’, the final course of this IID specialisation track since 2012/2013 (Evaluation: 8.6/10 (6-year average). He supervises Master's theses. 

Being active at every level of teaching (Bachelor, Masters and PhD), he developed the bachelor course "Innovation Systems, Policy, and Sustainability Transitions" (UCM3056), supervise UM EDLAB Honours+ Assignment on the relation between Eco-innovation and Quality of Life, in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. In 2018/2019, he supervised a UCM MaRBLE assignment on SDGs and Universities. He also provides supervision for bachelor thesis.  

He developed the PhD courses “Economics of Innovation” and "Fuzzy-SetsQualitative Comparative Analysis" (GPAC²). He also attends Degree Committees for PhD theses and provides international guest PhD lectures (e.g. Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland).


He is one of the organisers of Science, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurial Engagement for Societal Welfare (SITE4Society) events.

He engaged several local (e.g. Make the SDGs Yours!, OSCE Maastricht, Maastricht University Opening Ceremony Symposium 2018/2019) , national (UvA Climate Reality Event) and international (e.g. Climathon Brussels; Sustainability Transitions and Innovation Review (STIR) Turkey) outreach activities as moderator, panelist, jury, entrepreneurial academic. He performs reviews for journals, publishers and key conferences (e.g. Science and Public Policy, Edward Elgar, GLOBELICS, APPAM).


In 2017, he established the Sustainable Development Research, Training, Outreach, SDR e-Lab  for Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions research theme at UNU-MERIT/UM.

Online resources also consists of reading materials for  workgroups on "Social Innovation" and "Migration and Innovation" , toolkits such as Litoscope v1.9 – An accelerator for structured entry to a “literature of interest”, outputs of educational innovation UM EDLAB Honors+ and UCM MaRBLe projects.


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, enterprise modelling, and a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Baskent University (Turkey). Before joining the United Nations University-MERIT and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, 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 TechnologiesEU COST STRIKE/Higher Education, Foreign Direct InvestmentsEU FP7/European Research Neighbourhood (ERN)TUBITAK/Machinery and Furniture ClustersTKIB/Strategy for State-owned Enterprises). He completed PhD-level STI policy studies coursework with an assessment of 91/100.

Selected Publications:

Journal Articles (8) :

Türkeli, S.; Huang, B.; Stasik, A.; Kemp, R. (2019) Circular Economy as a Glocal Business Activity: Mobile Phone Repair in the Netherlands, Poland and China. Energies , 12, 498.

Huang, B., Chen, Y., McDowall, W., Türkeli, S., Bleischwitz, R., & Geng, Y. (2019). Embodied GHG emissions of building materials in Shanghai. Journal of Cleaner Production. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.030

Türkeli, S., Kemp, R., Huang, B., Bleischwitz, R., McDowall, W. (2018). Circular economy scientific knowledge in the European Union and China: A bibliometric, network and survey analysis (2006–2016), Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Cleaner Production, 197(1): 1244-1261

Kemp R., Barteková, E., Türkeli, S. (2017) The innovation trajectory of eco-cement in the Netherlands: a co-evolution analysis, International Economics and Economic Policy ( 384 ) doi : 10.1007/s10368-017-0384-4

McDowall, W., Geng, Y., Huang, B., Barteková, E., Bleischwitz, R., Türkeli, S., Kemp, R. and Doménech, T. (2017), Circular Economy Policies in China and Europe.  Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.12597

Blohmke, J., Kemp, R., & Türkeli, S. (2016). Disentangling the causal structure behind environmental regulation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 103, 174-190.

Celbis M.G. and S. Türkeli, (2015). Does too much work hamper innovation? Evidence for diminishing returns of work hours for patent grants, Journal Global Policy and Governance, Vol 4, No 1.

Bilman A.S. and S. Türkeli, (2013). Interaction between International Trade and Economic Growth: Evidence from  Qualitative Comparative Analysis, International Economics Letters, Vol. 2, No 4.

Chapters (5)  (2 in press)

Serdar Türkeli, Pui-Hang Wong and Eleni Yitbarek. Forthcoming. Multiplex learning: An evidence-based approach to design policy learning networks in Sub-Saharan Africa for Sustainable Development Goals. In M. Ramutsindela and D. Mickler (eds.) Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals. Springer. (In Press)

Türkeli, S., & Kemp, R. (2018). Changing Patterns in Eco-Innovation Research: A Bibliometric Analysis. In New Developments in Eco-Innovation Research (pp. 13-54). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93019-0_2

Blohmke, Julian, René Kemp & Serdar Türkeli, (2016), Disentangling the causal structure underlying environmental Regulation, in: Cörvers, R., de Kraker, J., Kemp, R., Martens, P. & van Lente, H, Sustainability Development Research at ICIS. Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, Datawyse / Universitaire Pers Maastricht, Maastricht, 225-238

Türkeli, S. (2013). “Lex Lata” and “de lege Ferenda” for the R&D Law of Turkey. In I. Yetkiner, M. Pamukcu, & E. Erdil (Eds.) Industrial Dynamics, Innovation Policy, and Economic Growth through Technological Advancements (pp. 307-331). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-1978-4.ch016

Policy Reports (5) (3 in press): 

Wintjes, R., S. Türkeli and F. Henning (2013), Innovation Policy in Metropolitan Areas: Addressing Societal Challenges in Functional Regions, Thematic Paper 6, Regional Innovation Monitor, in association with Fraunhofer ISI & Technopolis Group, to the European Commission Enterprise and Industry Directorate - General Directorate D – Industrial Innovation and Mobility Industries, March 2013

Barca M., Erdil E., Akdeve E, Türkeli S. (2015), State-owned Enterprises in Turkey, OECD and BRICS countries: A Comparative Research and Evaluation Report and Policy Recommendations, TKIB Nobel (In Turkish)

Conference Proceedings/Papers (5):

Michal Miedzinski, Will McDowall, René Kemp, Serdar Türkeli (2017), An expert-based participatory evaluation of public policies for sustainability transitions , European Forum for Studies of Policies fo Research and Innovation (EU-SPRI), June, 2017, Vienna, Austria

Türkeli, Serdar & René Kemp (2016), Changing Patterns in Eco-Innovation Research: A Bibliometric Analysis, ZEW conference, Nov 2016, Mannheim, Germany

Serdar Türkeli (2013). Governing Faces of Capitalism: A Q-Methodological Analysis, the 29th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, September 5-7, 2013, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Serdar Türkeli (2012). Governance and Entrepreneurship: The Obama Administration, Cleantech Startups and ICT: A Fuzzy-Set/QCA Analysis, International Conference “Organizations, Institutions and Innovation in the ICT sector: where do we stand?” by Institut-Mines Telecom, Telecom Ecole de Management, June 25-26, 2012,  Paris, France

Erik Baark, René Kemp, Serdar Türkeli, (2012). The Political Economy of Eco-innovation Governance in China and Europe: A Comparative Perspective, The 10th GLOBELICS International Conference, GLOBELICS Hangzhou 2012: Innovation and Development, Opportunities and Challenges in Globalization, November 9-11 2012, Hangzhou, China

.../International Engineering, Technology Management and Entreprise Models (Other conference publications)

Link: http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/pers/hn/t/Turkeli:Serdar.html

Selected publications by Serdar Turkeli