Ebru Bekaslan

Ebru Bekaslan, Center for Industrial Competitiveness

Ebru Bekaslan, Center for Industrial Competitiveness

Research Associate

Research Interest

High-tech innovation, industrial policy - competitiveness, transportation, renewable energy and sustainability.

Educational Background

Master’s degree in Economic and Social Development of Regions (2013), Master’s degree in Business (2009), Bachelor’s degree Sociology (2004)

Biosketch

Ebru Bekaslan has a bachelor’s degree in sociology (2004) from Hacettepe University in Ankara Turkey, where she was the top student in her department. She subsequently spent a year studying in the Science and Technology Policy master’s program at Middle East Technical University while working as senior project and business analyst for an international consulting company (2005-2008). In 2008, she started working for the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg where she assessed municipal infrastructure finance projects and analyzed the contribution of lending operations to regional economic development. In addition, she conducted applied research on developing a systematic approach to the most relevant factors and dynamics to high-tech cluster development in mid-low income countries, which resulted in new EIB financing in Turkey. In 2009, Ebru joined the department of Economic & Social Development of Regions at University of Massachusetts Lowell as a Research Assistant. She conducted research on the industrial policies and competitiveness in the automotive industry. She authored with William Lazonick, “Transnational Corporations”, published, Encyclopedia of Global Studies, Sage, 2012. Her master thesis focused on the  electrification of the transportation sector: restructuring of the automotive parts suppliers. After Ebru graduated from UMass Lowell in 2013, she joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Research Fellow. Her research focused on the potential of investing in critical physical infrastructure for the electrification of the transportation sector and its linkage to renewable energy sources. Ebru is currently working as an energy analyst at DNV GL. 

She is also selected as Technical Assistance Expert at Delegetion of the European Commission to Turkey for Industrial policy and Small-and Medium-sized Enterprises.

Papers & Research:

- Electrification of the transportation sector: Is there a need for restructuring the automotive parts suppliers? by Bekaslan, A. Ebru, M.A., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2013, 87 Pages; ID: 1522941
- Authored with William Lazonick, “Transnational Corporations”, published, Encyclopedia of Global Studies, Sage, 2012
- Bekaslan, Ebru, Catching-Up Through Cluster-Focused Policy: Promoting High-Tech Clusters in Low- and Mid-Income Countries (July 31, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2132541