Dr Selin's research explores the nature of future-orientation, methods for handling uncertainty, and the intersections between sustainability and innovation. For the last years, she has conducted research primarily with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU), one of the largest social science research centers in the world investigating the ethical, social, and political dimensions of emerging technologies. She leads the research program on Anticipation and Deliberation for the CNS-ASU.Dr Selin is an Assistant Professor within the School of Sustainability where she teaches courses and leads projects on scenarios and strategy. Since 2006, she has been a faculty member in the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), ranked fourth internationally among science and technology think tanks. She is also a Senior Sustainability Scholar with the Global Institute for Sustainability. In 2013-2014, she is a Visiting Scientist at the Technological University of Denmark.
In addition to her more scholarly activities, Dr Selin is a seasoned scenario planner. She has designed and led numerous scenario and strategic planning projects in both the public and private sector with the bulk of her experience in the energy sector.
Cynthia earned her PhD in 2006 from the Institute for Politics, Management and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School in Knowledge and Management. She received an MA from Roskilde University and University of Maastricht in 2000 in Science, Technology and Society. She graduated with honours in American Studies from University of California- Santa Cruz in 1996. Dr Selin is also professionally trained in scenario planning, facilitation and conflict mediation.
Ramirez, R. & C. Selin. 2013. “Plausibility and Probability in Scenario Planning.” Forthcoming in Foresight.
Wiek, A., D. Guston, S. van der Leeuw, C. Selin & P. Shapira. 2013. “The Nano-Enhanced City: Sustainability Challenges and Anticipatory Governance.” Forthcoming in Journal of Urban Technology (20)2: 45-62.Davies, S. R., C. Selin, G. Gano, A. G. Pereira. 2012. “Citizen Engagement and Urban Change: Three Case Studies of Material Deliberation.” Cities, 29(6): 351-357.
Davies, S. & Selin, C. 2012. "Energy Futures: Five Dilemmas of the Practice of Anticipatory Governance.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 6(1): 119-136.
Selin, C. 2011. “Negotiating Plausibility: Intervening in the Future of Nanotechnology.” Science and Engineering Ethics, 17(4): 723-737.
Selin, C. & P. Boradkar. 2010. “Prototyping Nanotechnology: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Responsible Innovation.” Journal of Nano Education, 2 (1-2): 1-12.
Selin, C & Hudson, R. 2010. “Envisioning Nanotechnology: New Media and Future-Oriented Stakeholder Dialogue.” Technology in Society, 32 (3): 173-182.
Selin, C. 2008. “Sociology of the Future: Tracing Stories of Technology and Time.” Sociology Compass, 2 (60): 1875-1895.
Selin, C. 2007. “Expectations and the Emergence of Nanotechnology.” Science, Technology and Human Values, 32 (2): 196-220.
Selin, C. 2006. “Time Matters: Temporal Harmony and Dissonance in Nanotechnology Networks.” Time & Society, 15(1): 121-139.
Selin, C. 2006. “Trust and the Illusive Force of Scenarios.” Futures 38 (1): 1-14.
Books:Wetmore, J., Fisher, E., and Selin, C. (Eds.) 2008. Presenting Futures: Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society. New York: Springer.Selin, C. 2006. Volatile Visions: Transactions in Anticipatory Knowledge. Copenhagen, Denmark: Samfundslitteratur.
Selin, C. 2013. “Finding Futures: Experiments with Experiential Future-Oriented Dialogue.” In Pereira, A and Wakeford, T. (Eds.) Communicating For Social Change: A Handbook For Researchers. (In press).
Selin, C. 2011. “Travails, Travels, and Trials: Report from the SNET Roundtable on Plausibility.” In Zülsdorfet al (eds.) Quantum Engagements: Social Reflections of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies. Heidelberg: AKAGmbH.Barben, D. Fisher, E., Selin, C., & Guston, D. 2008. “Anticipating Nanotechnology: Governance, Engagement, and Reflexivity.” In Hackett, E. J., Amsterdamska, O., Lynch, M. & Wajcman, J. (Eds.). The New Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, Third Edition. MIT Press.
Selin, C. 2007. “Professional Dreamers: The Past in the Future of Scenario Planning.” In Sharpe, B. & van der Heijden, K. Scenarios for Success: Turning Insight into Action. London: Wiley.Selin, C. 2003. “The Art and Science of Scenario Planning.” Danish Anthology on Research Management. Aarhus, DK: Danish Institute for Studies in Research and Research Policy: 126-134.
Science, Technology & Society (STS)
Sustainability & Energy Innovation
Saïd Business School
Park End Street
Oxford OX1 1HP