Erik Fisher

Associate Director, Integration, CNS-ASU

Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies

Research Program:

Erik Fisher is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. He also serves as the Associate Director of Integration at CNS-ASU. Fisher leads the Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR; NSF #0849101) project as its PI and leads RTTA 4: Integration & Reflexivity. Fisher studies the multi-level governance of emerging technologies, spanning the nested chains of agency from "lab to legislature." He developed the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach of Midstream Modulation to help understand how social and ethical aspects of science and engineering decision-making may be broadened. His approach is being employed in over twenty laboratories on three continents as part of the STIR project.

Fisher's work has appeared in journals such as Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics and NanoEthics. He guest edited a special issue of Science and Engineering Ethics on "Science and Technology Policy in the Making: Observation and Engagement" (2011) and co-edited The Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society, Volume 1: Presenting Futures (2008).

Before coming to ASU, Fisher served at the University of Colorado at Boulder as PI on the Dialogues between Two Cultures project (funded by the National Endowment for Humanities), research scientist at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, humanities advisor to the College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean and "Embedded Humanist" in a Mechanical Engineering laboratory. Fisher holds a doctorate in Environmental Studies (science policy), a master's degree in Classics (both from the University of Colorado), and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Mathematics (from St. John's College in Santa Fe and Annapolis).