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Jennifer Richter

Jennifer Richter

Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

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
  • Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Assistant Professor, Consortium of Science, Policy and Outcomes


Dr. Jennifer Richter is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Social Transformation and the Consortium of Science, Policy and Outcomes. Her research interests are at the intersections of science and society, and how federal policies are enacted locally. Dr. Richter's focuses on energy justice, specifically in relation to nuclear renewable energy production, and how production affects different communities. By examining how science and technology policies collide with local expectations and understandings of environment and economy, Dr. Richter explores the different scales of energy technologies and policies and their effects on people.


  • PhD, American Studies, University of New Mexico, 2013
  • MA, American Studies, University of New Mexico, 2005
  • BA, English and American Studies, University of Maryland, 2001


Journal Articles


Levenda, A. M., J. Richter, T. R. Miller and E. Fisher. 2019. Regional sociotechnical imaginaries and the governance of energy innovations. Futures 109(May):181-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.03.001. (link )


Hale, A. E., C. C. Shelton, J. Richter and L. Archambault. 2017. Integrating geoscience and sustainability: Examining socio-techno-ecological relationships within content designed to prepare teachers. Journal of Geoscience Education 65(2):101-112. DOI: 10.5408/16-177.1. (link )

Richter, J. 2017. Energopolitics and nuclear waste: Containing the threat of radioactivity. Energy Research & Social Science 30(Aug):61-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.019. (link )

Richter, J., A. S. Tidwell, E. Fisher and T. R. Miller. 2017. STIRring the grid: Engaging energy systems design and planning in the context of urban sociotechnical imaginaries. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 30(3):365-384. DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2016.1237281. (link )


Miller, C. A., J. Richter and J. O'Leary. 2015. Socio-energy systems design: A policy framework for energy transitions. Energy Research & Social Science 6(March):29-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.11.004. (link )

Richter, J. 2015. Book Review: Nuklir Jawa (Nuclear Java) by Sulfikar Amir. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 9(2):229-231. DOI: 10.1215/18752160-2868696. (link )


Miller, C. A. and J. Richter. 2014. Social planning for energy transitions. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports 1(3):77-84. DOI: 10.1007/s40518-014-0010-9. (link )



Cockerill, K., M. Armstrong, J. Richter and J. G. Okie. 2017. Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3319528236.

Book Chapters


Lynch, C. R., E. E. Henry, L. V. Bardwell and J. A. Richter. 2012. Utilizing social media for democratic service-learning practive: A framework and guide for educators. Pp. 127-146 In: Seo, K. K., D. A. Pellegrino and C. Engelhard eds., Designing Problem-Driven Instruction with Online Social Media. Information Age Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-1617356452.



Warren, A., R. W. Foley, J. Richter, L. Archambault, O. Ahmad and J. Harlow. 2015. Crafting digital stories to strengthen and extend STS concepts and critical thinking skills beyond the field. Presentation at the 4S 2015, November 11-14, 2015, Denver, CO. (link )

Conference Papers


Richter, J. 2014. Small modular reactors: The future of nuclear energy?. Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering. 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering. Chicago, IL. (link )