CSTEPS conducts empirically-based social science research to understand the processes, institutions, incentives and organizations that affect the global development and production of science and technology. CSTEPS also does research on the role of technology in organization change, particularly as it concerns public organizations.  

We use a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods to conduct our work including network analysis, biblometric analysis, surveys and evalutation techniques. Please visit our focus areas and project pages for in-depth description of methods used. 

We are a member of a growing global network of science and environment policy organizations that collaborate on research in core project areas including global regulation and governance, adaptation to climate change, international development and science policy. 

Though our research spans many fields, sectors, topics, the main goal of our work is to encourage evidence-based policy decisions for the public good-- policies that improve governance, innovation, social equity and environmental outcomes on a global scale.