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Erik Fisher

Erik Fisher

Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


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


  • Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Erik Fisher is an Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is the Associate Director for Integration in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU (NSF #0531194), where he also co-leads a Real-time Technology Assessment research thrust, and is a member of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Fisher is PI on the STIR Cities project (NSF #1535120) and formerly PI on the Socio-Technical Integration Research project (NSF #0849101).

Fisher studies the multi-level governance of emerging technologies, which includes mechanisms and practices that span from the laboratory to the legislature.

He developed the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach of Midstream Modulation to help understand how societal aspects of technical decision-making may be broadened. His approach has been employed in over three dozen science and engineering laboratories on three continents. It has also been incorporated into scholarly frameworks for Anticipatory Governance and Responsible Innovation.

A founding associate editor of the Journal of Responsible Innovation, Fisher's work has appeared in science policy and science studies journals including Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Science as Culture and NanoEthics. He guest edited a special issue of Science and Engineering Ethics on "Science and Technology Policy in the Making: Observation and Engagement" and co-edited The Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society, Volume 1: Presenting Futures (Springer 2008).


  • BS, St. John's College, Santa Fe and Anapolist
  • MS, University of Colorado
  • PhD, University of Colorado

Journal Articles


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 )


Jenkins, L. D., S. M. Maxwell and E. Fisher. 2012. Increasing conservation impact and policy relevance of research through embedded experiences. Conservation Biology 26(4):740-742. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01878.x. (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. . ISBN: 978-1402084157.