David Guston

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society
  • Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Co-Leader, Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School of Politics and Global Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603
Email: david.guston@asu.edu


Dr. Guston is professor of political science and co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. He is Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. CNS-ASU is a National Science Foundation-funded Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSF # 0531194; $6.2M over five years) dedicated to studying the societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering research and improving the societal outcomes of nanotechnologies through enhancing the societal capacity to understand and make informed choices. He teaches course in governing emerging technologies, policy process and public policy.


policy analysis; governance; nanotechnology; emerging technologies; boundary spanning organizations


    Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993

    A.B., Technology and Society (with Honors), Yale University, 1987

Journal Articles

In Press

Wender, B., R. W. Foley, T. P. Seager, D. H. Guston and A. D. Wiek. In Press. Anticipatory governance and anticipatory life-cycle assessment of single wall carbon nanotube anode lithium ion batteries. Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business


Wiek, A. D., R. W. Foley and D. H. Guston. 2012. Nanotechnology for sustainability—what are the opportunities and what are the limitations?. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 14:1093-1112.


Scheufele, D. A., E. A. Corley, S. Dunwoody, T. Shih, E. Hillback and D. H. Guston. 2007. Scientists worry about some risks more than the public. Nature Nanotechnology 2(12):732-734. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2007.392. (link)

Book Chapters


Corley, E. A. 2010. Scientists' attitudes toward nano. Pp. 704-706 In: Guston, D. H. ed., Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society. Sage Publications.


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