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Rider Foley

Rider Foley
PhD, 2013, School of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Department of Engineering and Society
University of Virginia
Thorton Hall, PO Box 400744
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Rider is currently an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, & Society, Department of Engineering, University of Virginia. Previously, Rider was a postdoctoral researcher with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society where his research included governance and decision-making within technological innovation. He has an environmental science undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, an environmental management master's from Harvard University and spent nine years working for an environmental consulting company before moving to Phoenix to continue his educational pursuits. His work experience includes consulting, planning, training, emergency response, and general management. He was a Faculty Associate teaching Sustainability Science for Teachers for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University in the fall and spring semesters and teaching Sustainable World for the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University during the summers.

PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2013

MLA, Environmental Management, Harvard University, 2008

BS, Environmental Affairs, University of New Hampshire, 2001

Journal Articles


Foley, R. W., A. D. Wiek, B. Kay and R. Rushforth. 2016. Ideal and reality of multi-stakeholder collaboration on sustainability problems: a case study on a large-scale industrial contamination in Phoenix, Arizona. Sustainability Science 1-14.

Wiek, A. D., R. W. Foley, D. H. Guston and M. J. Bernstein. 2016. Broken promises and breaking ground for responsible innovation -- intervention research to transform business-as-usual in nanotechnology innovation. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 28(6):639-650. DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2015.1129399. (link )


Withycombe Keeler, L. and R. W. Foley. 2015. The Monster and the polar bears: Constructing the future knowledge landscape of synthetic biology to inform responsible innovation. Journal of Responsible Innovation 2(1):81-84. DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2014.1003025. (link )


Arora, S. K., R. W. Foley, J. Youtie, P. Shapira and A. Wiek. 2014. Drivers of technology adoption — the case of nanomaterials in building construction. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 87:232-244. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.12.017. (link )

Bernstein, M. J., R. W. Foley and I. Bennett. 2014. An operationalized post-normal science framework for assisting in the development of complex science policy solutions: The case of nanotechnology governance. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 16:2492. DOI: 10.1007/s11051-014-2492-1. (link )

Foley, R. W. and A. Wiek. 2014. Scenarios of nanotechnology innovation vis-à-vis sustainability challenges. Futures 64:1-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2014.09.005. (link )

Warren, A., L. Archambault and R. W. Foley. 2014. Sustainability Education Framework for Teachers: Developing sustainability literacy through futures, values, systems, and strategic thinking. The Journal of Sustainability Education 6(May):. (link )

Wiek, A., D. Petrucci and R. W. Foley. 2014. Imaging the future city. Issues in Science and Technology 31(1):. (link )


Foley, R. W. and A. Wiek. 2013. Patterns of nanotechnology innovation and governance within a metropolitan area. Technology in Society 35(4):233-247. DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2013.10.004. (link )

Wender, B., R. W. Foley, D. H. Guston, T. P. Seager and A. D. Wiek. 2013. Anticipatory governance and anticipatory life-cycle assessment of single wall carbon nanotube anode lithium ion batteries. Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business 9(3):201-216. (link )


Foley, R. W., I. Bennett and J. M. Wetmore. 2012. Practitioners' views on responsibility: Applying nanoethics. Nanoethics 6:231-241. DOI: 10.1007/s11569-012-0154-2. (link )

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.

Book Chapters


Wiek, A. D., C. Kuzdas, R. W. Foley, L. Withycombe Keeler, N. Forrest and B. Kay. 2017. Sustainability assessments designed for multiple functions: Five cases about water resources, nanotechnologies and communities. Pp. 127-145 In: Gibson, R. ed., Sustainability Assessment: Applications and Opportunities. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138802742.


Wiek, A. D., M. J. Bernstein, R. W. Foley, M. C. Cohen, N. Forrest, C. Kuzdas, B. Kay and L. Withycombe Keeler. 2016. Operationalising competencies in higher education for sustainable development. Pp. 241-260 In: Barth, M., G. Michelsen, M. Rieckmann and I. Thomas eds., Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development. Routledge. London and New York. ISBN: 9780415727303.



Foley, R. W., C. Kuzdas, B. P. Warner, L. Withycombe Keeler, D. M. Iwaniec and A. D. Wiek. 2012. Designing sustainable governance: Cross-domain comparison and evaluation. Poster presented at the 19-22 February 2012 3rd Annual International Conference on Sustainability Science, Tempe, AZ.


Arora, S. K., R. W. Foley, P. Shapiro and A. D. Wiek. 2011. Nanotechnology in building construction. Poster presented at the 7-10 November 2011 3rd Annual Conference for the Society for the Studies of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET), Tempe, AZ.

Foley, R. W. and A. D. Wiek. 2011. Reconciling urban sustainability syndromes and urban nanoscape. Poster presented at the 7-10 November 2011 3rd Annual Conference for the Society for the Studies of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET), Tempe, AZ.



Foley, R. W., M. J. Bernstein, L. Withycombe Keeler and J. Harlow. 2016. Urban planning and techno-science: Exploring knowledge asymmetries and future imaginaries––The case of self-driving cars.. Presentation at the 4S/EASST Conference BCN-2016, Aug 31-Sep 3, 2016, Barcelona, Spain. (link )


Bernstein, M. J. and R. W. Foley. 2015. Assessing the public value of science policies: Lessons from the US Global Change Research Program and the US National Nanotechnology Initiative. Presentation at the S.Net International Conference 2015, 18-21 October 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (link )

Warren, A., R. W. Foley, J. Richter, L. Archambault, O. Ahmad and J. Harlow. 2015. Crafting digital stories to strengthen and extend STS concepts and critical thinking skills beyond the field. Presentation at the 4S 2015, November 11-14, 2015, Denver, CO. (link )


Bernstein, M. J., R. W. Foley and I. Bennett. 2014. Guidelines for solutions to socio-technical problems. Presentation at the STGlobal Consortium, 4-5 April 2014, Washington, D.C.

Foley, R. W. and M. J. Bernstein. 2014. Normative principles to guide the process of responsible innovation. Presentation at the Situating Solidarities: Social Challenges for Science and Technology Studies, 17-19 September 2014, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland. (link )


Foley, R. W., M. J. Bernstein and Y. Kim. 2013. Ground control: linking top-down and bottom-up approaches for international nanotechnology governance. Presentation at the First Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, 20-21 May 2013, Chandler, Arizona.


Foley, R. W., B. Kay, R. Rushforth and A. D. Wiek. 2012. Can nanotechnology decontaminate water in a morally contested context?. Presentation at the 16-18 May 2012 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, Boston, MA.


Wiek, A. D. and R. W. Foley. 2011. Nanotechnology for sustainability? Analyzing the demand for and supply of nanotechnology in city environments. Presentation at the 7-10 November 2011 3rd Annual Conference for the Society for the Studies of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET), Tempe, AZ.


Foley, R. W. 2001. Case study of Sardar Sarovar Dam projects on environmental consequences of infrastructure development in India. Presentation at the 5-6 May 2001 Undergraduate Research Conference, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

University of New Hampshire, cum laude, 2001

Harvard University, magna cum laude, 2008

IEEE-ISST Conference, 2nd Place in Student Paper Competition, 2012