David Guston

Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona

Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University

"Reflections on Anticipatory Governance of Nanotechnology: Meanings for the Regulatory Environment"

    David H. Guston is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. He is Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU. CNS-ASU is a National Science Foundation-funded Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSF # 0531194; $6.2M over five years) dedicated to studying the societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering research and improving the societal outcomes of nanotechnologies through enhancing the societal capacity to understand and make informed choices.

    Professor Guston is widely published on research and development policy, technology assessment, public participation in science and technology, and the politics of science policy, and his work has been cited cumulatively more than 1600 times (Google Scholar). 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 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 the North American editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy, and he serves on the editorial boards of Nanoethics: The Ethics of Technologies that Converge at the Nanoscale, Review of Policy Research: The Politics and Policy of Science and Technology, and VEST: Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies.

    Professor 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. In 2008, he served as co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Science and Technology Policy, “Governing Emerging Technologies.” He holds a B.A. from Yale and a PhD from MIT.