Dr. Selin’s 2008 co-authored chapter “Anticipating Nanotechnology: Governance, Engagement, and Reflexivity” formulates a vision for anticipatory governance and launches a world-wide trajectory of theoretical and applied research that investigates how emerging technologies can be guided to ensure societal value and reduce negative consequences.
Dr. Selin's doctoral research was published as Volatile Visions: Transactions in Anticipatory Governance (Samfundslitteratur, 2006) and investigated decision making in conditions of intractable uncertainty.
Unpacking the diverse time horizons animating a new technological domain, this article explores the meaning and dilemmas of the temporal inscriptions encoding the emergence of the field of nanotechnology.
With multi-year National Institute of Health funding, Dr. Selin co-led multi-institution research on the future of human genome editing, deploying scenario planning and participatory technology assessment to explore the potential social benefits, governance arrangements, ethical dilemmas, and desirabilities of emerging technologies.
Exploring the novel and periential questions attending human genome editing, we seek to help governance efforts to better acknowledge and flexibly respond to the uncertainty and complexities of HGE developments.
Through an exploration of the theories, methodologies, and quagmires of anticipation in the study of nanotechnology, this piece introduces the sociology of the future and suggests ways Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Future Studies intermingle.
Investigating the socio-technical dynamics of networks systems, Dr. Selin has worked with technology executives and academics to explore topics like autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things.
Inspiring responsible research and innovation, Drs. Selin and Withycombe Keeler led scenarios-based workshops with scientists at Arizona State University on wastewater sensing technology and pre-symptomatic health monitoring.
Connecting anticipatory methods with the governance of science and technology, this chapter in the Handbook for Science and Technology Studies (2017) outlines how STS concepts like expectations, promises, and sociotechnical imaginaries are alive and kicking.
Investigating how expectations drive material, economic and political changes in the establishment of new technological arenas, this article explores the politics of emergence and the consequences of anticipating nanotechnology.
Leading US utility executives in a scenario planning effort on the Future of Grid-Connected Devices, Dr. Selin enabled an exploration of the disruptive impacts and potential disintermediating forces arising from increased connectivity in our energy systems.
Drawing together sustainability science with anticipatory governance, this National Science Foundation research explores how better civic engagement can lead to more sustainable technology transformations in urban spaces.
With Arnim Wiek and graduate students in the School of sustainability, Dr. Selin supported the City of Phoenix planning department and local neighborhoods in developing scenarios and strategies to cope with new socio-economic and climatic realities.
Advancing applied and theoretical research into novel foresight methods, particularly on scenarios mediated through cutting-edge gaming, visualization, simulation and design techniques in the energy sector, Dr. Selin was awarded the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship hosted by the Danish Technical University.
Exploring the emerging prospects of converting solar energy into fuels, Dr. Selin led faculty at Arizona State University in setting strategic directions for forward-looking policy and technical research.
Dr. Selin advises the Electricity Policy Research Institute (EPRI) to infuse foresight in their Technology Innovation program by designing a platform to investigate and assess emerging technologies relevant to the energy sector.
Leading US-based utility companies through the development of scenarios, Dr. Selin helps to synthesize new strategies and business plans sensitized to unpredictable uncertainty.
Working with the city of St. Paul and the Science Museum Minnesota, we guided civic leaders and diverse stakeholders to consider the local and regional impacts of climate change and how to foster greater resilience amid daunting uncertainties.
Dr. Selin’s work on climate imaginaries spans multidisciplinary research, scholarly workshops, art installations, articles, and books. These intensive dialogues and creative collaborations provoke inspired modes of thinking and acting to reimagine the role technologies can play in coping with global climate change.
Designing and facilitating a radically transdisciplinary dialogue to imagine the world 100 years from now, Dr. Selin guided 100 ASU faculty to envision the future of climate design and geoengineering and foster new strategic collaborations.
Engaging policymakers at the EU’s ERC Joint Research Centre to explore how creative interventions can unlock new ways of thinking about our relationship to the environment and our political agency within it.
Directing the public art, technology and futures festival Emerge in 2017 focused on Frankenstein, the 200-year-old novel that motivates us to think critically about our creative agency and scientific responsibility in times of massive change.
Co-editing fiction in one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2019, A Year Without Winter (Columbia University Press) which brings together science fiction, history, visual art, and exploration to reframe the relationship among climate, crisis, and creation.
Convening the Oxford Futures Forum designed to enable professional dialogue, reflection and collaboration about how plausible, challenging, and usable climate change imaginaries can open up new ways of thinking and acting.