• About

    Dr. Cynthia Selin is a future-oriented scholar and consultant focused on sustainability and the governance of emerging technologies. By creating new methods and concepts for confronting uncertainties, her work stimulates improved strategic capacities and foresight.



    Dr. Selin explores six overlapping themes.

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    Governing Emerging Technologies

    Inventing and investigating new methods to care for the political, social, and ethical implications of new technologies

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    Sustainable Futures

    Helping to create more just energy transitions and better urban adaptations to navigate our climate and ecological crises

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    Democratizing Innovation

    Developing new modalities of public and stakeholder deliberation to diversify and improve the inputs to decision-making

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    Scenario Planning

    Designing strategies to sense and prepare for change, enabling people and organizations to question assumptions, broaden perspectives, and build greater resilience

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    Climate Art and Science

    Curating experiences and inquiries to enable more creative, evocative, collaborative, and useful practices of anticipation of our changing climate

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    Alternative Imaginations

    Exploring how transdisciplinary spaces can encourage more eclectic and deeper understandings of living well with uncertain socio-technical systems

  • consulting


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    Strategic Foresight Consulting

    Dr. Selin works extensively with scenarios and strategy across an array of organizations including large companies, laboratories, cities, museums, utilities, non-profits, and multi-stakeholder groups.

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    Dr. Selin's award-winning writing on futures, governance, and sustainability has appeared in esteemed academic journals and in works by major publishers.



    Dr. Selin teaches at Arizona State University and the University of Oxford. She also provides executive training and customized educational opportunities for organizations.

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    School for the Future of Innovation in Society | School of Sustainability

    As an Associate Professor in the College of Global Futures, Dr. Selin mentors students and offers courses such as Prototyping Futures, The Politics & Ethics of Smart Cities, and Futures Thinking & Strategy.

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    Media and Immersive Experience Center

    Dr. Selin is the co-founder of the Master's program in Futures and Design that combines future-focused theories and practices, including speculative design, science fiction, and foresight studies to investigate and craft alternative futures.

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    Said Business School

    Since 2013, Dr. Selin is an Associate Fellow at the Univesity of Oxford where she teaches in the Oxford Scenarios Programme, offers executive education, hosts events like the Oxford Futures Forum, and conducts research into scenario planning and strategy.

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    Customized Learning for Organizations

    Dr. Selin designs immersive and digital learning experiences enabling people and organizations to prepare for unpredictable futures and better navigate change. Dr. Selin's priority focus is on building capacities in strategy, foresightful action, and better decision making.

  • Education

    Dr. Selin's interdisciplinary educational background focused on science, technology, society, and futures.

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    Copenhagen Business School 

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Institute for Politics, Philosophy and Management

    PhD Knowledge and Management

    Dissertation: Volatile Visions: Transactions in Anticipatory Knowledge, 2006

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    Roskilde University | Roskilde, Denmark

    Maastricht University | Maastricht, Netherlands

    MA Science and Technology Studies

    Thesis: Professional Dreamers: The Art and Science of Scenario Planning, 2000

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    University of California, Santa Cruz 

    Santa Cruz, CA, USA

    BA American Studies

    Honors thesis: The Promise and Peril of Nanotechnology, 1996


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