Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies



The Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies conducts research, evaluates policy, and develops solutions for some of the world’s most pressing challenges at the nexus of scientific, societal, technological, and environmental change.



CSTEPS does research to understand the processes, institutions, organizations and individual incentives and motivations that affect the development and production of science. We research the role of science and technology in advancing public goods and services and we develop and advance policy recommendations that improve how science is conducted to achieve important social and environmental outcomes. We integrate students and early career scholars in all aspects of our research.

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PI Dr. Elham Fini from ASU's School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment will lead a collaborative effort between researchers at CUNY City College, ASU and Howard University to help develop an impactful community-centered vision for I BREATHE, a revolutionary model for sustainable built environment and infrastructure. CSTEPS Director Dr. Eric Welch will serve as Co-PI to help lead aspects of social science research for this project.
The purpose of the consultation was to identify the lasting impacts and the institutional and policy implications of COVID-19 for genetic diversity and genomic research and innovation, with a special focus on open access, global equity and science capacity.
New research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Communication Journal on the effects of COVID-19 on US academic scientists near the start of the pandemic in May 2020.


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