Cynthia Selin

Cynthia Selin

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Cynthia 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.


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