Asel Doranova

Asel Doranova is a researcher-consultant specialising in green and circular economy policies with over 12 years of relevant experience. She has an interdisciplinary educational background including a PhD in Economics and Policy studies of Technical Change, Master’s degrees in environmental sciences and policy and development studies and  a graduate degree in engineering.  

Over the years, Asel has built a strong expertise in eco-innovation and circular economy. Being at the core of the EU Eco-innovation observatory, European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre, Industrial symbiosis, greenXpo eco-innovation platform, as well as other projects.  Asel is regularly involved in the research, collection of indicators and trend analysis of eco-innovation and circular economy transition in the EU and internationally. Since 2010 she has been involved in setting and instrumentalising the eco-innovation and circular economy indicators, compiling the EU Eco-Innovation Scoreboard and coordinating the team of national experts in eco-innovation and circular economy from 28 EU MS in preparing the national reports.  

Asel has been consulting the European, national, regional and overseas policy makers on circular economy and systemic eco-innovation issues. Her experience in studies on business models for eco-innovation, resource efficiency, circular economy potential for Europe, regulatory barriers to circular economy, allowed her to study many practical examples of value-chain and business model eco-innovations, including the collaborative businesses with the resource saving potential. She has designed several policy and practical guides on eco-innovation and circular economy for policy makers, regional authorities, SMEs and intermediary organisations.  

Asel’s academic research has focused on issues related to sustainability policies, technology transfer in under the Clean Development mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, NGO-state collaboration in environmental policy making and sustainable energy technology potential. She has a pool of publications including a book chapter, articles in high ranked peer reviewed journals like Energy Policy, International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, as well as in UNIDO and UNU-Merit working papers series.