IEU+KREA, part of Izmir University of Economics, is an international economic research and application center focused on culture and creative industries. The main purpose of the center is to support economic and social development, with a perspective extending from Izmir to the world, and to make regions, organizations and individuals more aware of cultural and creative resources in order to reveal the full potential, including cultural heritage. It conducts research in this direction and offers policy recommendations.

Located at the center of the creative economy, IEU+KREA offers a wide range of research and applications with an interdisciplinary approach. More than 10 sectors, which have creativity at their core and have a strong interaction with other sectors but are independent of them, are within the scope of the Center’s research. In this scope, which extends from the development of digital creative talents to crafts, creative entrepreneurship, and areas involving functional creativity such as R&D and innovation; It organizes Research, Publications, Projects, Business Development, Collaborations, Consultancy and Trainings.

IEU+KREA focuses on sectors that accelerate economic and social transformation with the power of the cultural economy and creative industries, and the strategies, projects and pilot practices aimed at social change targeted by these sectors.

Strengthening the intersection of Cultural and Creative Industries with leading economic actors in local development such as industry and tourism is one of its priorities.

Our Organization

Our Team:

Dr. Sevay Ipek Aydın / Director, Editor in Chief

Milhan Gönen / Secretary

Döndü Aslı Doydu/ Project Specialist

Emir Artkıy / Project Assistant, Creative Business Cup Turkey

Executive Board: 

YK Bşk / Prof.Dr. Yusuf Hakan Abacıoğlu (Rector) 

Prof.Dr. Ayla Oğuş Binatlı

Dr. Sevay İpek Aydın


Research  & Analysis Board: 

Prof.Dr. Ayla Oğuş (Economist) 

Yrd.Doç.Dr. Hamdi Giray Reşat  (Industial Engineer) 

Doç.Dr. Sıtkı Değer Eryar (Economist) 

Doç.Dr. Derya Nizam Bilgiç (Sociolog) 


Academic Advisory Board: 

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Hakan Abacıoğlu Rector

Prof. Dr. Elvan Özkavruk Adanır Faculty of GSTF Fashion and Textile Design Department Head

Assoc. Dr. Güzden Varinlioğlu Faculty Member, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Dr. Lecturer Nilgün Gürkaynak Faculty of Business Administration Faculty Member

Dr. Lecturer Betül Öztürk Director of Applied Management Sciences School

Asist. Prof. Dr. Lecturer Derya Irkdaş Doğu GSTF Faculty Industrial Design Department Lecturer

Instructer, Hakan Tuncel Faculty of Communication, Department of New Media and Communication, Faculty Member

Dr. Sevay İpek Aydın Director of IEU + KREA Research Centre

Representations and Partnerships