Anthony Grubesic

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Professor and Director
Center for Spatial Reasoning & Policy Analytics

Grubesic is a professor in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and director of the Center for Spatial Reasoning & Policy Analytics at Arizona State University.  His research and teaching interests are in geographic information science, regional development and public policy evaluation.  Author of over 120 research publications, his recent work focuses on critical infrastructure vulnerability, broadband Internet deployment in the United States and air transportation systems. 

Grubesic obtained a B.A. in Political Science from Willamette University, a B.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Akron and a Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science from Ohio State University.

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David Guston

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Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society
Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

David H. Guston is professor and founding director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, where he is also co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. He is principal investigator and director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS-ASU), a National Science Foundation-funded Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSF # 0531194 and #0937591; ~$13M over ten years) dedicated to studying the societal aspects of nanoscale science and engineering research and improving the societal outcomes of nanotechnologies through enhancing the societal capacity to understand and make informed choices.

Guston is widely published and cited on research and development policy, technology assessment, public participation in science and technology, and the politics of science policy. His book, "Between Politics and Science: Assuring the Integrity and Productivity of Research" (Cambridge U. Press, 2000) was awarded the 2002 Don K. Price Prize by the American Political Science Association for best book in science and technology policy. He has co-authored, "Informed Legislatures: Coping with Science in a Democracy" (with Megan Jones and Lewis M. Branscomb, University Press of America, 1996), and he has co-edited, "The Fragile Contract: University Science and the Federal Government" (with Ken Keniston, MIT Press, 1994) and, "Shaping the Next Generation of Science and Technology Policy" (with CSPO co-director Daniel Sarewitz, University of Wisconsin Press, 2006). Professor Guston is the series editor of the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society (Springer) with annual volumes beginning in 2008, and he is the general editor of the forthcoming, two-volume Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (Sage, 2010).

He is currently the founding editor of the Journal of Responsible Innovation (Taylor & Francis) and previously served as the North American editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy.

Guston has served on the National Science Foundation's review panel on Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (2000-2002) and on the National Academy of Engineering's Steering Committee on Engineering Ethics and Society (2002). He has held visiting positions at Columbia University, the Copenhagen Business School, and the Kent School of Law. In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He co-chaired the 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Science and Technology Policy, “Governing Emerging Technologies.” He holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from MIT.

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Marco Janssen

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Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Sustainability
Director, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Marco Janssen has worked on integrated assessment models of climate change and sustainable development, and done research on environmental economics and the evolution of institutional rules. He currently studies how robust interactions between social agents and their environment evolve or can be designed. He is interested in understanding how ecological dynamics, institutional arrangements, and human decision-making characteristics affect how human activities fit with the environment. Janssen teaches courses in agent-based modeling, and institutions and the environment.

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Paul Lewis 

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Associate Professor
School of Politics & Global Studies

Paul G. Lewis is associate professor in Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies. In his research, he is interested in the determinants and effects of public policies, and in the way people think about policy.  Much of his published work has examined urban development, community change, and local policies toward immigrants.  Lewis is coauthor of a recent book, Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2016), in collaboration with colleagues from law, criminology, and geography.  Previously, he wrote Shaping Suburbia: How Political Institutions Organize Urban Development (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1996; named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice), and coauthored Custodians of Place: Governing the Growth and Development of Cities (Georgetown Univ. Press, 2009).  His recent articles appear in such venues as the Journal of Public Administration Research and TheoryLaw & Policy, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of the American Planning Association.

Lewis's research has received funding support from the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.  Prior to joining ASU, he was one of the original group of research fellows at the Public Policy Institute of California, where he worked for nine years.  He has served on editorial boards for Urban Affairs ReviewJournal of Urban Affairs, and State and Local Government Review.  

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Robert Melnick

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Executive Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and ASU School of Sustainability
Presidential Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability

Robert Melnick is the executive director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, one of the largest research universities in the United States. The Institute, which includes ASU’s School of Sustainability, is the primary vehicle by which the university establishes and pursues a comprehensive set of goals on sustainability education, research and practice. Prior to this position, he served ASU as director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy (1987-2008), Associate Vice President for Economic Affairs (2002-2008), Vice Provost for research (2000-2002) and as a member of the faculty of the School of Public Affairs and the Department of Educational Technology, respectively. Melnick currently holds academic appointments as research scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability and Presidential Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainability.

Immediately prior to his work for ASU, Melnick was senior fellow and vice president of the Hudson Institute where he was in charge of policy studies on economic development, employment and education. In addition to his current administrative responsibilities, Melnick conducts research on urban sustainability and public policy. He is the co-author of three books and numerous public policy research studies. Melnick holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

Foci: Urban sustainability policy, corporate sustainability strategies, strategic planning, globalization, university administration

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Traci Morris

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American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University

Traci Morris, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing  partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in tribal economic governance and tribal financial management; access to entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and  economic development consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership.

In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; tribal businesses; Native American nonprofits; Native media makers, artists and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill.

Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country.

Morris is affiliated faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, president of the board of the Phoenix Indian Center, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.  Formerly, Morris served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee.

As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. 

Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

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Edward D. Vargas

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Edward D. Vargas obtained his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. His research interests include the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, education, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families. He also investigates the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity. Vargas is investigating how socio-political, familial, and personal contexts that make up the Latino/a experience affect their physical and mental health. In particular, he is examining the effects of immigration policy and deportations on health, health hardships on the well-being of Latino/a families.

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Arnim Wiek

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Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
Biosocial Complexity Initiative
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Arnim Wiek is an associate professor at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University with affiliations to the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), the School of Public Affairs, and the Decision Theater at ASU.

He is the head of the Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab (“Transition Lab”) at the School of Sustainability. His research group conducts sustainability research on urban development, resource governance, climate change, and public health, often in international settings. The group develops evidence-supported solutions to sustainability challenges in collaboration with government, businesses and community groups. 

Wiek is involved in two NSF-funded research programs, namely the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC), and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS). He was the Principal Investigator of "Reinvent Phoenix: Cultivating Equity, Engagement, Economic Development and Design Excellence with Transit-Oriented Development" (in collaboration with the City of Phoenix' Planning Department) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Transition Lab is actively involved in educational activities ranging from courses on sustainability research methodology and problem- and project-based learning studios to international programs. Wiek has published articles on key competencies in sustainability, sustainability curriculum design, teaching sustainability research methodology, and problem- and project-based learning in sustainability programs.

The Transition Lab is engaged in international sustainability research and teaching activities with Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany), Lund University (Sweden), UPC (Barcelona), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), UNAM (Mexico), and the University of Tokyo (Japan).

Wiek is member of the editorial boards of Sustainability Science (Springer), Sustainable Development (Wiley), and the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (Emerald).

Dr. Wiek holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and a Master’s degree in philosophy from the Free University Berlin. He had research and teaching engagements at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and the University of Tokyo.

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