Associate Professor
Seyithan Ahmet Ates


Universities & Institutions

  • Social Sciences University of Ankara

Areas of Interest

  • Social innovation
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable development
  • Socio-technical transformation
  • Design thinking
  • Blockchain for social impact
  • Gamification
  • New growth theories
  • Environmental economics

Dr. Ates is Associate Professor at the Social Sciences University of Ankara. He has a particular interest in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, socio-technical transformation, design thinking, blockchain for social impact and gamification.

Dr. Ates has obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees from Vienna University of Economics and PhD degree (Doktor der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften) from Vienna University of Technology in 2011. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2016-2017.

Along with teaching and research activities, he has been involved in projects at UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) as investigator and country expert. With the belief that social innovation is key to overcome the so called “middle welfare trap” by sustaining and improving the wellbeing of the people beyond increasing the monetary term welfare, Dr. Ates has founded Bostan Institute for Social Innovation in 2015 ( ). As an action researcher, Dr. Ates is leading currently following initiatives;

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See a selection of work by this Author

How to Facilitate Citizen-Led Social Innovations: Designer-, Maker-, and Funder-Society as Building Blocks

Details Year: 2019 Published in: Handbook of Research on Smart Territories and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Social Innovation and Sustainable Growth Cited as: Ates, S. A. (2020). How to Facilitate Citizen-Led Social Innovations: Designer-, Maker-, and Funder-Society as Building Blocks. In Palma-Ruiz, J. M., Saiz-Álvarez, J., & Herrero-Crespo, Á. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Smart Territories [...]