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

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    CNS-ASU Director David Guston and Walter Valdivia of the Brookings Institute have co-authored a new white paper, “Responsible Innovation: A Primer for Policymakers.” You can read it at: http://...

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    While disappointed with the film’s “overly anthropomorphic and mostly implausible” portrayal of robots, CNS-ASU's Miles Brundage and co-author Jamie Winterton do appreciate the film’s...



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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.