The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University

VIRI Founding Member

The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) is a Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), funded by the US National Science Foundation and dedicated to research, training and outreach on the societal aspect of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.  Its work is motivated by a vision of the anticipatory governance of emerging technologies through building capacities for foresight, public engagement, and socio-technical integration.  The Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI), also funded by US NSF, is an associated project of CNS-ASU, with Guston as its principal investigator and Fisher as its co-principal investigator.

VIRI Director David H. Guston is professor of politics and global studies and director of CNS-ASU at Arizona State University.


Selected RRI Publications

Guston, David H. 2014. "Understanding Anticipatory Governance." Social Studies of Science, 44 (2): 219-43.

Guston, David H.​, Erik Fisher, Armin Grunwald, Richard Owen, Tsjalling Swierstra, and Simone van der Burg. 2014. "Responsible Innovation: Motivations for a Journal." Journal of Responsible Innovation 1 (1): 1-8.

Guston, David H.​​ 2013. “'Daddy, Can I Have a Puddle Gator?': Creativity, Anticipation, and Responsible Innovation.” In Responsible Innovation: Concepts and Practice, eds. Richard Owen, John Bessant, and Maggy Heintz. London: Wiley, 109-18.

Guston, David H.​​ 2012. "The Pumpkin or the Tiger? Michael Polanyi, Frederick Soddy, and Anticipating Emerging Technologies." Minerva, Special 50th Anniversary Issue 50 (3): 363-79.

Guston, David H. 2004. "CRIs in the Wilderness: Toward Centers for Responsible Innovation in the Commercialized Academy." In Buying in or Selling Out: The Commercialization of the American Research University, ed. D. Stein. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, pp. 161-174.


Recent CNS RRI News Items

  • Monday, June 29, 2015

    Jonny Hankins, foreign correspondent with the Bassetti Foundation for Responsible Innovation, has published a review of Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Journal of Responsible Innovation. You can read the...

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    VIRI member Jonny Hankins of the Basetti Foundation has contributed an article to IEEE’s Tech Talk blog. The article “What Does ‘Responsible Innovation’ Mean?” can be viewed here: http://...



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VIRI is supported by the National Science Foundation under collective agreement #1257246.

VIRI is housed at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.