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David Guston

David Guston

Associate Vice Provost for Discovery, Engagement, and Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Associate Vice Provost for Discovery, Engagement, and Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Foundation Professor and Director, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Co-Director and Professor, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
  • Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society
  • Co-Leader, Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


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.

Professor 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 University 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.

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. 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.


  • PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
  • AB, Technology and Society (with Honors), Yale University, 1987


Journal Articles


Selin, C., K. Campbell Rawlings, K. de Ridder-Vignone, J. Sadowski, C. Altamirano Allende, G. Gano, S. R. Davies and D. H. Guston. 2017. Experiments in engagement: Designing public engagement with science and technology for capacity building. Public Understanding of Science 26(6):634-649. DOI: 10.1177/0963662515620970. (link )


Clark, W. C., T. P. Tomich, M. van Noorwijk, D. Guston and D. Catacutan. 2016. Boundary work for sustainable development: Natural resource management at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113(17):4615-4622. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0900231108. (link )

Wiek, A., R. W. Foley, D. H. Guston and M. J. Bernstein. 2016. Broken promises and breaking ground for responsible innovation -- intervention research to transform business-as-usual in nanotechnology innovation. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 28(6):639-650. DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2015.1129399. (link )


Wender, B., R. W. Foley, D. H. Guston, T. P. Seager and A. Wiek. 2013. Anticipatory governance and anticipatory life-cycle assessment of single wall carbon nanotube anode lithium ion batteries. Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business 9(3):201-216. (link )

Wiek, A., D. Guston, S. van der Leeuw, C. Selin and P. Shapira. 2013. Nanotechnology in the city: Sustainability challenges and anticipatory governance. Journal of Urban Technology 20(2):45-62. DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2012.735415. (link )


Wiek, A., R. W. Foley and D. H. Guston. 2012. Nanotechnology for sustainability—what are the opportunities and what are the limitations?. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 14:1093-1112.

Wiek, A., D. H. Guston, E. Frow and J. Calvert. 2012. Sustainability and anticipatory governance in synthetic biology. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development 3(2):25-38. DOI: 10.4018/jsesd.2012040103. (link )


Scheufele, D. A., E. A. Corley, S. Dunwoody, T. Shih, E. Hillback and D. H. Guston. 2007. Scientists worry about some risks more than the public. Nature Nanotechnology 2(12):732-734. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2007.392. (link )

Book Chapters


Wisnioski, M., H. Fasihuddin, L. Britos Cavagnaro, M. McManus, D. MacDonald, E. Arkilic, M. Feldman, J. Gustetic, B. Godin, E. S. Hintz, S. Pfotenhauer, L. D. Cook, A. Russell, L. Vinsel, N. Rusk, W. B. Carlson, L. Sanders, C. Ashcraft, E. Fisher, D. H. Guston, B. Trinidad and M. Stettler Kleine. 2019. 8 Critics: Introduction. Pp. 133-140 In: Wisnioski, M., E. S. Hintz and M. Stettler Kleine eds., Does America Need More Innovators?. The MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262536738.



Guston, D. H. and A. Wiek. 2010. The nano-enhanced city: Sustainability challenges and anticipatory governance. Presentation at the Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) 2010, Septermber 29-October 2, 2010, Darmstadt, Germany.