Asel has an interdisciplinary background including a PhD in Economics and Policy studies of Technical Change from the United Nations University and Maastricht University (2010), Masters degrees in development studies (Uppsala University, 2005) and environmental sciences and policy (Central European University, Budapest/Manchester University 2000) and engineering (Kyrgyz Technical University, 1996).
In 2010-2020 she has been working in the Brussels based policy consultancy and has been supporting EU, international, national (including non-EU) and regional agencies in the area of circular economy, eco-innovation, resource efficiency, sustainable energy, bioeconomy policies.
Asel’s earlier professional experience (1998-2004) is related mostly with development projects in Central Asia implemented through the support programmes of the EU, USAID, WB, UNDP and JICA
Asel Doranova joined Tilburg Sustainability Center (TSC) from September 2020 as the researcher and project developer. She supports the team of TSC in engaging in European and international projects, as well as will pursue her own research line.
For many years Asel has been working in the area of sustainability and green economy policies and has focused on these themes in her academic studies and research.
In last ten years she has been supporting EU, international, national (including non-EU) and regional agencies in the area of circular economy, eco-innovation, resource efficiency, sustainable energy, bioeconomy policies. Types of assignments she has done include analysis of policy and sustainable innovation trends, policy evaluation and impact assessment, road map building, development of indicators, design of policy guides (e.g. for smart specialisation, regional or city strategy development), cross-country cooperation agenda development.