Dr. İbrahim Semih Akçomak studied economics at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. After completing his PhD dissertation in 2009 at UNU-MERIT he worked at the Department of Economics, Maastricht University and Centraal Planbureau – Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. Currently he is an associate professor at the Science and Technology Policy Studies, METU. Akçomak is also the Director of Research Center for Science and Technology Policy (TEKPOL). His research has appeared in various international and national outlets including the Economic Journal, European Economic Review and Regional Science and Urban Economics. He also has vast experience in EU FP projects and other international and national commissioned research and served as a referee for more than 20 SSCI journals. From 2014-2018 he served as a member of the board of management of the International Schumpeter Society.