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Eric Welch

Eric Welch

Director, Center for Science, Technology and Environment Policy Studies

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Arizona State University
411 North Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0687


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Director, Center for Science, Technology and Environment Policy Studies
  • Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Eric W. Welch is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University where he teaches decision making, organization and network theory, institutional design, and science and innovation policy. He received his doctorate from the Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he specialized in science and environmental policy. Welch currently directs the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS) at ASU. He is an affiliated faculty member in the ASU School for the Future of Innovation and Society and in the Center for Organization Research and Design, as well as senior sustainability scientist in the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and senior fellow in the ASU Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems.

His primary research interests include genetic resource policy for food and agriculture, organizational adaptation to climate change, women and underrepresented minorities in science, and use of digital technology in government. Dr. Welch has 15 years of experience evaluating large multi-institution, interdisciplinary research projects in which he provides formative and summative assessments for research design and institutionalization, distributed network collaboration structures, integration of diversity, workforce development and knowledge production. His primary focus on these projects has been to assist research programs to enhance capacity development for competitive research at the jurisdiction level, primarily for the NSF EPSCoR program.

He is currently leading or co-leading several NSF-funded multi-institutional projects including 1) Globalization of the scientific workforce (PI); 2) Framing and assessing academic research excellence and competitiveness (AREC Framework) for teams, institutions and jurisdictions (CoPI); 3) Contested resource Inputs to science: How institutional provisions on the access and use of materials and data affect research collaboration structures and outcomes (PI); and 4) Evaluation of Kansas EPSCoR, microbiomes of aquatic habitats, plants, and soils (PI). Dr. Welch is the ASU lead on the EU Horizon 2020 project on global governance of genetic based R&D for coffee agroforestry systems (BREEDcafs) under the EU’s Sustainable Food Security Resilient and Resource Efficient Value Chains program. He is also the CoPI on an interdisciplinary project on adaptive management of extreme weather using ASU’s Decision Theater approach to visualize big data to facilitate multi-stakeholder public sector decision making to reduce vulnerability. Dr. Welch has received funding for previous research projects from USAID BFS, USDA NIFA, UN FAO, Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bioversity International, and CCAFS, among others.

Dr. Eric Welch has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, refereed proceedings and book chapters. He is current editing two books one on evaluating broadband technology and one on the state of the art in digital government and governance. His most recent academic work is visible at Google Scholar and Research Gate. He has published in journals such as Social Networks, Global Food Security, Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, OMICS, New Phytologist, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Biobanking and Biopreservation, Business Strategy and the Environment, Environmental Management, Journal of Technology Transfer and Technovation. He has also recently published outside of academia including for the CCAFS program on farmer networks and climate smart technologies and the UN FAO on the implications of digital sequence information on the International Plant Treaty.


  • PhD, Public Administration, Syracuse University, 1997
  • MA, Asian Studies, University of Oregon, 1991
  • MA, International Studies, University of Oregon, 1991
  • BA, History, University of Washington, 1985


Journal Articles


Fusi, F., D. Manzella, S. Louafi and E. Welch. 2018. Building global genomics initiatives and enabling data sharing: Insights from multiple case studies. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology 22(4):237-247. DOI: 10.1089/omi.2017.0214. (link )

Fusi, F., E. W. Welch and M. Siciliano. 2018. Barriers and facilitators of access to biological material for international research: The role of institutions and networks. Science and Public Policy scy057. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scy057. (link )

Gaughan, M., J. Melkers and E. Welch. 2018. Differential social network effects on scholarly productivity. Science, Technology, & Human Values 43(3):570-599. DOI: 10.1177/0162243917735900. (link )

Halewood, M., T. Chiurugwi, R. Sackville Hamilton, B. Kurtz, E. Marden, E. Welch, F. Michiels, M. Sabran, N. Patron, P. Kersey, R. Bastow, S. Dorius, S. Dias, S. McCouch and W. Powell. 2018. Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: Opportunities and challenges emerging from the science and information technology revolution. New Phytologist 217(4):1407-1419. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14993. (link )

Miao, Q., M. K. Feeney, F. Zhang, E. W. Welch and P. S. Sriraj. 2018. Through the storm: Transit agency management in response to climate change. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 63(Aug):421-432. DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2018.06.005. (link )

Miao, Q., E. W. Welch, F. Zhang and P. S. Sriraj. 2018. What drives public transit organizations in the United States to adapt to extreme weather events?. Journal of Environmental Management Nov(252-260):. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.07.093. (link )

Siciliano, M., E. W. Welch and M. K. Feeney. 2018. Network exploration and exploitation: Professional network churn and scientific production. Social Networks 52(Jan):167-179. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2017.07.003. (link )

van Holm, E. J., Y. Wu and E. W. Welch. 2018. Comparing the collaboration networks and productivity of China-born and US-born academic scientists. Science and Public Policy scy060. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scy060. (link )

Zhang, F., E. W. Welch and Q. Miao. 2018. Public organization adaptation to extreme events: Mediating role of risk perception. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 28(3):371-387. DOI: 10.1093/jopart/muy004. (link )


Kim, K., E. W. Welch and T. Johnson. 2017. Human and social capital determinants of translational activity in medical sciences. Science and Public Policy 44(5):609-619. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scw088. (link )

Singh Nijar, G., S. Louafi and E. W. Welch. 2017. The implementation of the Nagoya ABS Protocol for the research sector: experience and challenges. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17(5):607-621. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-016-9328-7. (link )

Welch, E. W., F. Fusi, S. Louafi and M. Siciliano. 2017. Genetic resource policies in international collaborative research for food and agriculture: A study of USAID-funded innovation labs. Global Food Security 15(Dec):33-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.gfs.2017.04.004. (link )

Yuille, M., I. Feller, L. Georghiou, P. Laredo and E. W. Welch. 2017. Financial sustainability of biobanks: From theory to practice. Biopreservation and Biobanking 15(2):85-92. DOI: 10.1089/bio.2017.29019.mjy. (link )


Bernal, M., E. W. Welch and P. S. Sriraj. 2016. The effect of slow zones on ridership: An analysis of the Chicago Transit Authority “El” Blue Line. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 87(May):11-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.02.007. (link )

Feeney, M. K. and E. W. Welch. 2016. Technology-task coupling: Exploring social media use and managerial perceptions of E-government. The American Review of Public Administration 46(2):162-179. DOI: 10.1177/0275074014547413. (link )

McWilliams, A., A. Parhankangas, J. Coupet, E. Welch and D. T. Barnum. 2016. Strategic decision making for the triple bottom line. Business Strategy and the Environment 25(3):193-204. DOI: 10.1002/bse.1867 . (link )

Park, C. H., E. W. Welch and P. S. Sriraj. 2016. An integrative theory-driven framework for evaluating travel training programs. Evaluation and Program Planning 59(Dec 7-20):. DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.07.002. (link )

Shin, E. and E. W. Welch. 2016. Socio-technical determinants of information security perceptions in US local governments. The International Journal of Electronic Government Research 12(3):Art. 1. DOI: 10.4018/IJEGR.2016070101. (link )

Welch, E. W., M. K. Feeney and C. H. Park. 2016. Determinants of data sharing in U.S. city governments. Government Information Quarterly 33(3):393-403. DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2016.07.002. (link )

Welch, E. W. and Y. Jha. 2016. Network and perceptual determinants of satisfaction among science and engineering faculty in US research universities. The Journal of Technology Transfer 41(2):290-328. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-015-9393-z. (link )


Seyoum, A. and E. W. Welch. 2015. Ex-post use restriction and benefit-sharing provisions for access to nonplant genetic materials for public research. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 37(4):667-691. DOI: 10.1093/aepp/ppv003. (link )

Wu, Y., E. W. Welch and W. Huang. 2015. Commercialization of university inventions: Individual and institutional factors affecting licensing of university patents. Technovation 36-37(Feb):12-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2014.09.004. (link )


Blackburn, H. D., Y. Plante, G. Rohrer, E. W. Welch and S. R. Paiva. 2014. Impact of genetic drift on access and benefit sharing under the Nagoya Protocol: The case of the Meishan pig. Journal of Animal Science 92(4):1405-1411. DOI: 10.2527/jas.2013-7274. (link )

Feeney, M. K., T. Johnson and E. W. Welch. 2014. Methods for identifying translational researchers. Evaluation & the Health Professions 37(1):3-18. DOI: 10.1177/0163278713504583. (link )

Feeney, M. K. and E. W. Welch. 2014. Academic outcomes among principal investigators, co-principal investigaors, and non-PI researchers. The Journal of Technology Transfer 39(1):111-133. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-012-9272-9. (link )

Haller, M. K. and E. W. Welch. 2014. Entrepreneurial behavior of academic scientists: Network and cognitive determinants of commitment to grant submissions and award outcomes. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 38(4):807-831. DOI: 10.1111/etap.12022. (link )

Huang, W., E. W. Welch and E. A. Corley. 2014. Public sector voluntary initiatives: The adoption of the environmental management system by public waste water treatment facilities in the United States. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 57(10):1531-1551. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.816630. (link )

Welch, E. W. and M. K. Feeney. 2014. Technology in government: How organizational culture mediates information and communication technology outcomes. Government Information Quarterly 31(4):506-512. DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2014.07.006. (link )

Yavuz, N. and E. W. Welch. 2014. Factors affecting openness of local government websites: Examining the differences across planning, finance and police departments. Government Information Quarterly 31(4):574-583. DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2014.07.004. (link )


Lopez Noriega, I., M. Halewood, G. Galluzzi, R. Vernooy, E. Bertacchini, D. Gauchan and E. Welch. 2013. How policies affect the use of plant genetic resources: The experience of the CGIAR. Resources 2(3):231-269. DOI: 10.3390/resources2030231. (link )

Maultasch Oliveira, G. H. and E. W. Welch. 2013. Social media use in local government: Linkage of technology, task, and organizational context. Government Information Quaterly 30(4):397-405. DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2013.05.019. (link )

Parker, M. and E. W. Welch. 2013. Professional networks, science ability, and gender determinants of three types of leadership in academic science and engineering. The Leadership Quarterly 24(2):332-348. DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2013.01.001. (link )

Welch, E. W., E. Shin and J. Long. 2013. Potential effects of the Nagoya Protocol on the exchange of non-plant genetic resources for scientific research: Actors, paths, and conseqences. Ecological Economics 86(Feb):13. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.11.019. (link )


Feeney, M. K. and E. W. Welch. 2012. Electronic participation technologies and perceived outcomes for local government managers. Public Management Review 14(6):815-833. DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2011.642628. (link )

Feeney, M. K. and E. W. Welch. 2012. Realized publicness at public and private research universities. Public Administration Review 72(2):272-284. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02521.x. (link )

Welch, E. W. 2012. The relationship between transparent and participative government: A study of local governments in the United States. International Review of Adminstrative Sciences 78(1):93-115. DOI: 10.1177/0020852312437982. (link )



Welch, E. W., J. Melkers and E. A. Corley. 2006. Building and benefiting from center-based interdisciplinary research: Analysis of process and outcomes. Paper presented at the 27-29 September 2006 Technology Transfer Society Conference, Next Generation Innovation: New Approaches and Policy Designs, Atlanta, Georgia.