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 July 2023 | Received citations: >1100 | h-index: 13 | i10-index: 17

‪Serdar Türkeli‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬ 

  • Lead, Comprehensive Innovation for Sustainable Developement: System Transitions & Climate Action, UNU-MERIT, United Nations University
  • Latest Publications:
    • Ramani, Shyama V. , Pranav Shankar Kaundinya, Natalie Perné & Serdar Turkeli, 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 & 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

  • Assistant Professor, Innovation and Governance Analysis for Sustainability and Societal Transformations, School of Business and Economics (SBE), MERIT, Maastricht University (UM)
  • 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
    • 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, Resilience, Responsible and Sustainable Initiatives Observatory, MORSE Initiative, UM 
  • 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 July 2023 



Dr. Serdar Türkeli conducts 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 | 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 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 at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance | UNU-MERIT United Nations University. Holds a broad portfolio of research-led teaching and educational activities. 


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. 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 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