Cynthia Selin

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Assistant Research Professor, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes

Center for Nanotechnology in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


Cynthia Selin graduated with a B.S. in American Studies from University of California-Santa Cruz (1996) where she wrote her senior thesis on the promise and peril of nanotechnology. In 2000 she completed a M.A. in Science, Technology and Society from Roskilde University (Denmark) where her research focused on technology assessment, and, more specifically, scenario planning. These interested were pursued at Copenhagen Business Schools' Institute for Management, Politics and Philosophy in her doctoral project, completed 2006. The Ph.D. dissertation, entitled Volatile Visions: Transactions in Anticipatory Knowledge explores three interwoven research areas–foresight methodologies, the sociology of expectations and the emergence of nanotechnology–to understand the development of new technologies and to explore the tools and methods used to grasping their emergence. Dr. Selin has published inScience, Technology and Human Values, Futures, and Time & Society.

Curriculum Vita


scenario methodologies; foresight methodologies; temporality; technological culture; new technologies; societal aspects of nanotechnologies; anticipatory governance; organizational theory; innovation; public deliberation


PhD, Knowledge and Management, Institute for Politics, Philosophy and Management, Copenhagen Business School, 2006

MA, Science and Technology Studies, Roskilde University/Maastricht University, 2000

BA, American Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz, 1996

Journal Articles

In Press

Davies, S. R., C. Selin, S. Rodegher, C. A. Allende, M. Burnam-Fink, C. DeVittorio, C. Glerup, M. Kimball, C. Monfreda and B. Trinidad. In Press. Studying Emerge: Findings from an event ethnography. Futures DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.05.003. (link)

Selin, C. In Press. Merging art and design in foresight: Making sense of Emerge. Futures DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.12.006. (link)



Rodegher, S. and C. Selin. 2013. Scenario planning for sustainability: Enhancing participation through understanding social influence. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology 2013: Sustainability Psychology, 17 January 2013, New Orleans, LA. (link)



Rodegher, S. and C. Selin. 2014. Scenario planning for sustainability: Are diverse voices heard?. Presentation at the 16th Annual International Conference for the Society of Ethics Across the Curriculum, 2 October 2014, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)


Selin, C. and S. Rodegher. 2013. Persuasion and influence in scenario planning: Overcoming barriers to learning from the future. Presentation at the Society for Psychologists in Management 2013 Conference– Enjoy a Look Ahead – Thriving in the Future, 22 February 2013, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)


Withycombe Keeler, L., A. D. Wiek, C. Selin, D. Lang and V. Schweizer. 2012. How to evaluate and construct plausibility in future scenarios?. A case study of value-based future scenarios of water in Phoenix, Arizona. Invited Presentation at the International Workshop on Ethics, Plausibility and Innovation, May 10-11, 2012, European Union Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.