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


  • Assistant Professor, Innovation and Governance Analysis for Sustainability and Societal Transformations, MERIT, School of Business and Economics (SBE), Maastricht University (UM)
    • Latest Publications:
      • 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
  • Lead, Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Developement: System Transitions & Climate Action, UNU-MERIT
    • Latest Publications:
      • 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
      • Turkeli, 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



1st Jan 2022 | Received citations: 683 | h-index: 11 | i10-index: 11 



Dr. Serdar Türkeli conducts policy research at the United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), 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 | Digital Transformation and Economy
    • Innovation for Sustainability | Sustainable Development | Circular Economy | 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, 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 and UNESCO.  


Dr. Türkeli is the co-coordinator and academic advisor of "Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy" 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 Advanced University Teacher Training (TATT) certificates.

  • Bachelor's Level: Being active at every level of teaching (Bachelor's, Master's and PhD), he developed the bachelor course "Innovation Systems, Policy, and Sustainability Transitions" (UCM SSC 3056) in 2018/2019, supervises UCM MaRBLE projects, e.g.  "SDGs and Universities", "iQuestion", "Homa Reto", "X Economies" as well as UM EDLAB Honours+ projects on the relation between "Eco-innovation and Quality of Life" and "Circular Economy". He also provides supervision for bachelor thesis, and provides guest lectures (e.g. Erasmus University College, Rottterdam).  He is co-coordinator of "Project Sustainability" course for UM Sustainability Minor.


  • Master's Level: Dr. Türkeli was 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 and lectured in ''Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’’, the final course of this IID specialisation track since 2012/2013 (Evaluation: 8.5/10 (7-year average). He co-coordinates " Innovation for Sustainability" and "The Social Entrepeneruship Public Polic Nexus" courses and the elective course "Governance and Institutions in Emerging Markets" in Master's in Economics and Strategy in Emerging Markets. He provides guest lectures (e.g. Health Food Innovation Management Master’s Programme, University College Venlo, UM, Venlo; Sustainable Finance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Sustainable Cities, IHS Rotterdam...). He supervises Master's theses (completed supervisions > 50).


  • Ph.D. Level: He developed the PhD courses “Economics of Innovation”, "Fuzzy-Sets-Qualitative Comparative Analysis" and "Tensions, Turns and Policy" (GPAC²)  and "Applied Political Economy of Innovation, Governance and Policy Analysis" for full time PhDs. He supervises and attends Degree Committees for PhD theses and provides international guest Ph.D. lectures (e.g. Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland).



Dr. Türkeli is the co-founder of Science, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurial Engagement for Societal Welfare (SITE4Society) initiative, physical spaces for learning. He 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, and initiator of Climate Innovation Hub, a city level, societal, multi-actor governance mechanism design and action methodology for policymakers, bureacrats, researchers, entrepreneurs, students and activists.

He engages several levels of knowledge transfer and outreach activities:  

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/UM.



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 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:

For selected publications, please see below: 

Selected publications by Serdar Turkeli