Dr. Serdar Turkeli PhD, MSc.

Researcher / 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

Lately, listed as featured expert by UNU SDG Explorer:                          https://unu.edu/explore/sustainable-development-goal-12


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

  • Domain Expertise: Governance of Innovation | Complexity of Innovation | Emerging Technologies | Digital Transformation | Innovation for Sustainability | Sustainable Development | Circular Economy | Social Economy | The Social Entrepreneurship, Advocacy and Public Policy Nexus | Education | Applied Political Economy | Societal Transformation



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, 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", as well as UM EDLAB Honours+ projects on the relation between Eco-innovation and Quality of Life. He also provides supervision for bachelor thesis, and provides guest lectures (e.g. Erasmus University College, Rottterdam).


  • 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). He supervises Master's theses (completed supervisions > 40).


  • Ph.D. Level: He developed the PhD courses “Economics of Innovation”, "Fuzzy-Sets-Qualitative Comparative Analysis" (GPAC²) and "Applied Political Economy of Innovation, Governance and Policy Analysis". 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), and initiator of Climate Innovation Hub, a city level societal multi-actor governance mechanism design and action methdology for policymakers, bureacrats, researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, and students.

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, Edward Elgar, 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:

Journal Articles (#11); Chapters (> #5); Policy Reports (>#10); Conference Proceedings/Papers (#5); International Engineering, Technology Management and Entreprise Models (Other conference publications (#5))

For selected publications please see below: 

Selected publications by Serdar Turkeli