Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
Center for Nanotechnology in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603
Cynthia Selin is an interdisciplinary scholar of Science, Technology and Society (STS) with significant research, outreach and training experience at the intersection between sustainability, foresight and the governance of innovation. Dr. Selin’s research investigates novel scenario methods and future-oriented deliberative processes. Dr. Selin has conducted future-oriented research around nanotechnology, climate change, human enhancement, renewable energy systems, medical diagnostics, cities, nuclear energy and synthetic biology. Dr. Selin has published broadly on foresight and innovation with publications in Science, Technology and Human Values, Futures, Cities, Science and Engineering Ethics, and Time & Society. In addition to her theoretical and applied research into the ways and means of the future, Dr. Selin has worked extensively and pragmatically with scenarios and strategy across a diverse array of organizations including large companies, laboratories, cities, museums, non-profits and multi-stakeholder groups. Dr. Selin is also an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford where she is core faculty in the Oxford Scenarios Programme.
- decision making
- visual arts and media
- science fiction
- human values
- human dimensions of science and technology
- environmental imagination
- emerging technologies
- climate change impacts
- public deliberation
- organizational theory
- policy and governance
- technological culture
- urban planning
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
Selin, C. Merging art and design in foresight: Making sense of Emerge. Futures DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.12.006. (link )
Davies, S. R., C. Selin, S. Rodegher, C. A. Allende, M. Burnam-Fink, C. DeVittorio, C. Glerup, C. Keys, M. Kimball, M. Liao, C. Monfreda and B. Trinidad. 2015. Studying Emerge: Findings from an event ethnography. Futures 70(Jun):75-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.05.003. (link )
Fisher, E., C. Selin and J. M. Wetmore eds. 2008. The Yearbook of NanoTechnology in Society: Volume I: Preventing Futures. Springer Science + Business Media B.V. .
Bennett, I. 2008. Developing plausible nano-enabled products. Pp. 149-156 In: Fisher, E., C. Selin and J. M. Wetmore eds., The Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society: Volume I: Presenting Futures. Vol 1. Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
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. 2015. Parity and participation: The role of social influence in scenario planning. Presentation at the Anticipation 2015, Project Anticipation: The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, 5-7 November 2015, Trento, Italy. (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.