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Ira Bennett

Ira Bennett

Clinical Associate 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
  • Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes


Ira Bennett studies policies and politics of emerging technologies, specifically nanotechnologies. His focus is on educational programs in nanotechnology in society, and skill sets not traditionally included in science and engineering graduate education, such as societal aspects and communicating with the public. Bennett directs the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes’ (CSPO) science policy workshop in Washington, D.C., “Science Outside the Lab,” where science and engineering graduate students have an intensive experience in the policy-making arena and the culture of our nation’s capital. He co-leads the Informal Science Communication Program for Graduate Students at Arizona State University, which he and colleague Jamey Wetmore developed. Students in the program learn how to communicate to the public and they put their new skills to work doing demonstrations at the Arizona Science Center and elsewhere. Bennett also works closely with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISEnet) helping design new types of content for science museums. Bennett completed his doctorate in chemistry at ASU in 2003, developing artificial photosynthetic membranes capable of metal ion transport. This work was part of a NSF-funded Research Training Grant focusing on bio-molecular devices.


  • PhD, Chemistry, Arizona State University, 2003


Journal Articles


Bernstein, M. J., K. Reifschneider, I. Bennett and J. M. Wetmore. 2017. Science outside the lab: Helping graduate students in science and engineering understand the complexities of science policy. Science and Engineering Ethics 23(3):861-882. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-016-9818-6. (link )


Bernstein, M. J., R. W. Foley and I. Bennett. 2014. An operationalized post-normal science framework for assisting in the development of complex science policy solutions: The case of nanotechnology governance. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 16:2492. DOI: 10.1007/s11051-014-2492-1. (link )


Foley, R. W., I. Bennett and J. M. Wetmore. 2012. Practitioners' views on responsibility: Applying nanoethics. Nanoethics 6:231-241. DOI: 10.1007/s11569-012-0154-2. (link )


Miller, C. A. and I. Bennett. 2008. Thinking longer term about technology: Is there value in science fiction-inspired approaches to constructing futures?. Science and Public Policy 35(8):597-606. DOI: 10.3152/030234208X370666. (link )

Book Chapters


Barben, D. and I. Bennett. 2010. The glossary. Pp. 803-810 In: Guston, D. H. ed., Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society. Vol 2. Sage Publications, Inc.. ISBN: 978-1412969871.


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.. ISBN: 978-1402084157.



Bernstein, M. J., R. W. Foley and I. Bennett. 2014. Guidelines for solutions to socio-technical problems. Presentation at the STGlobal Consortium, 4-5 April 2014, Washington, D.C.