Emrah Karakaya

Emrah Karakaya




UPM - Madrid


KTH - Stockholm




Emrah is an assistant professor in the field of sustainable business models and industrial dynamics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Prior to his current position, he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and studied as a PhD student at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid & KTH Royal Institute of Technology (as a part of EDIM programme). He is an alumnus of MSc in Computational Mechanics at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya & Universität Stuttgart as well as BSc in Mechanical Engineering at TOBB University of Economics and Management.
As a visiting scholar, he has visited Northwestern Polytechnical University in China (2 weeks) and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Germany (3 months). Also, Emrah served as the Vice President during 2015-2017 for the Erasmus Mundus Association, a Brussels-based NGO funded by European Commission.



 Articles in peer-reviewed journals

• E. Karakaya, C. Nuur och L. Assbring, "Potential transitions in the iron and steel industry in Sweden: Towards a hydrogen-based future?," Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 195, s. 651-663, 2018.

• E. Karakaya och C. Nuur, "Social sciences and the mining sector : some insights into recent research trends," Resources policy, vol. 58, no. October 2018, s. 257-267, 2018.
• E. Karakaya, C. Nuur och A. Hidalgo, "Business model challenge : Lessons from a local solar company," Renewable energy, vol. 85, s. 1026-1035, 2016.

• E. Karakaya, "Finite Element Method for Forecasting the Diffusion of Photovoltaic Systems: Why and How?," Applied Energy, vol. 163, s. 464-475, 2016.

• E. Karakaya och P. Sriwannawit, "Barriers to the adoption of photovoltaic systems : The state of the art," Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, vol. 49, s. 60-66, 2015.

• E. Karakaya, A. Hidalgo och C. Nuur, "Motivators for adoption of photovoltaic systems at grid parity : A case study from Southern Germany," Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, vol. 43, s. 1090-1098, 2015.

• E. Karakaya, A. Hidalgo och C. Nuur, "Diffusion of eco-innovations : A review," Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, vol. 33, no. May, s. 392-399, 2014.

Current research:


Emrah’s research has evolved around the following topics:

• Diffusion of innovations – how innovation diffuse among people and companies
• Business Models – how policymaking affect the sustainability-oriented business models
• Industrial transitions – how established industries transform into radically innovative and more sustainable modes of production systems
• General purpose technologies – how technologies such as AI and Blockchain are perceived and how they can affect the innovation systems
• Sustainability – how sustainability is framed and how it can lead to unintended consequences

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  • Emrah Karakaya - Edition I

    EDIM is a great opportunity to learn from diverse cultures, grow in double academic areas, contribute to each other and be recognized in a large network. It is a unique doctoral program with its multi-disciplinary research topics and quarterly workshops. I love EDIM!
  • Andres Ramirez Portilla – Edition I

    One of the great advantages of this program is the EDIM workshops, where you can develop and enhance your academic and professional networking. The EDIM workshops need to be considered as a best practice by other Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programs
  • Sudipa Sarker – Edition II

    I am glad to be part of this program not only because of the opportunities EDIM has created for me but also for the wonderful people I have come across during this program. I hope that the future days will be as thrilling, inspiring and stimulating as it has been
  • Simon Okwir – Edition II

    EDIM for me is an industry of knowledge and where you find a career. When it comes to my future uncertainties, EDIM is a combination of both: present partners and future lifelong contacts
  • Maksim Miterev – Edition II

    EDIM is a life changing experience: it has changed where I live, what I do, whom I know and what I want. It's also a great source of friends and potential future colleagues. I feel part of a large international community of interesting people with lots of common interests
  • Anna Darmani – Edition I

    EDIM is like a journey. But, not only a research journey! EDIM is a program by which you can explore different cultures, systems, environments as well as knowledge perspectives. I believe EDIM is one of the best programs for experiencing different managerial contexts
  • Seyoum Birkie Eshetu - Edition I

    Being part of EDIM is more than just doing a PhD. It is about creating family within the academic circle. I am happy to be part of this diverse community with ample informal learning opportunities