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Eric Welch

Professor & Director, Center for Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Studies (CSTEPS)
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Dir (ACD) & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Dir (ACD) & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Center Dir (ACD) & Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Biography: 

Eric W. Welch is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University where he teaches science and technology policy, organization theory, institutional design, and network theory and analysis. He received his doctorate from the Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he specialized in science and technology policy and environmental policy and administration. Professor Welch currently directs the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS) at ASU. He is a Senior Global Futures Scientist in ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and an affiliated faculty member in the the ASU Center for Organization Research and Design, the ASU Sweete Center for Sustainable Food Systems and the ASU School for the Future of Innovation and Society.

His primary research interests include science and technology policy, university innovation and commercialization, science communication and organizational adaptation to climate change, women and underrepresented minorities in science, and advances in communication and information technologies. Welch has 20 years of experience evaluating large multi-institution, interdisciplinary research projects in which he provides formative and summative assessments for research design and institutionalization, distributed network collaboration structures, integration of diversity, workforce development and knowledge production. His primary focus on these projects has been to assist research programs to enhance capacity development for competitive research at the jurisdiction level, primarily for the NSF EPSCoR program.

He is currently leading or co-leading several National Science Founcation-funded multi-institutional projects including 1) Globalization of the scientific workforce; 2) Framing and assessing academic research excellence and competitiveness (AREC Framework) for teams, institutions and jurisdictions; 3) Regulation of science; 4) Social innovations of team science during the pandemic; and 5) Data sharing and collaboration. Welch is also the director of the Scientist Panel Opinion Survey (SciOPS) a science expertise opinion aggregator designed to bring greater communication and close knowledge gaps between science and society. Welch has received funding for previous research projects from NSF, NIH, USGS, USAID BFS, USDA NIFA, UN FAO and others.

Professor Welch has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, refereed proceedings and book chapters. He has recently published two books: one on evaluating the societal impacts of broadband technology and one on the state of the art of digital government and governance. His most recent academic work is visible at google scholar and research gate.  He has published in journals such as Social Science and Humanities (Nature), Social Networks, Global Food Security, Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, OMICS, New Phytologist, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Biobanking and Biopreservation, Business Strategy and the Environment, Environmental Management, Journal of Technology Transfer and Technovation. He has also recently published outside of academia including for the CCAFS program on farmer networks and climate smart technologies, the UN FAO on the implications of digital sequence information on the International Plant Treaty, and the global governance of research and development.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Public Administration, Syracuse University 1997
  • M.A. International Studies, University of Oregon 1991
  • M.A. Asian Studies, University of Oregon 1991
  • B.A. History, University of Washington 1985
Research Interests: 

Food Security; Sustainable Food Systems; Genetic Resources Policy; Climate Change Adaptation; Organization Design and Management; Governance of Global Institutions for Research; Social Network Analysis; Innovation Processes and Impacts; Scientific Workforce Policy; Women and Science; Digital Government and Digital Divide; R&D Evaluation; Transportation Behavior & Management

Research Group: 

Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS)

CSTEPS does research to understand the processes, institutions, incentives and organizations that affect the development and production of science.  For example, we are interested in how science programs create network based research capacity and competitiveness. We are also interested in how regulations affect the choices scientists make, their collaboration structures and their knowledge and innovation production. We have conducted work on the effects of bias on the advancement and success of women and minorities in the academic scientific workforce. Generally, our aim is to encourage policies that improve the science is conducted to achieve important social and environmental outcomes.

CSTEPS also does research on the role of technology in organization change, particularly as it concerns public organizations.  For example, we have a multiyear project that aims to understand how transit agencies invest in technology to respond to climate change. We also have a multiyear project that tracks the use of information and communication technology in government.  Our aim is to understand how technology is used by government organizations to improve public services, governance processes and environmental outcomes.

Much of our work is Global. We have had several projects that are either located in other countries or examine global trends.  One current project focuses on the factors that determine international mobility of the scientific workforce.  We are also involved in global research on food security – particularly in low income countries. Our work is also multidisciplinary and empirically based, involving people from different disciplines and methodological approaches. Almost all of our work is grant and contract funded; funders include the NSF, US AID, US DOT, UN FAO, CGIAR and others.

Publications: 

Selected Publications (Last three years)

Welch, EW, Taggart, G, Feeney, MK and Siciliano, M (2019) Navigating the labyrinth: Academic scientists’ responses to new regulatory controls on biological material inputs to research, Environmental Science and Policy, 101:136-146.

Miao, Q, Welch, EW and PS Sriraj (2019) Extreme Weather, Bus Ridership and Moderating Effect of Transit Infrastructure (2019) Journal of Transport Geography, 74:125-133.

Van Holm, E, Wu, Y and Welch, EW (2019) Collaboration Networks and Productivity of Academic Scientists: Comparing China-born and US-born Academic Scientists in the US, Science and Public Policy, 46(2): 310-320.

Fusi, F, Welch, EW and Siciliano, M (2019) Barriers and facilitators of access to biological material for international research: the role of institutions and networks, Science and Public Policy, 46(2): 275-289.

Miao, Q, Welch, EW, Zhang, F and Sriraj, PS (2018) What Drives Public Transit Organizations to Adapt to Extreme Weather? (2018) Journal of Environmental Management, 225, 252-260.

Miao, Q, Feeney, MK, Zhang, F and Sriraj, PS (2018) Through the storm: Transit agency management in response to climate change, Transportation Research D: Environment, 63, 421-432.

Zhang, F, Welch, EW and Miao, Q (2018) Public Organization Adaptation to Regularized Extreme Events: Mediating Role of Risk Perception, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 28(3), 371-387.

Gaughan, M, Melkers, J and Welch EW (2018) Differential Social Network Effects on Scholarly Productivity: An Intersectional Analysis, Science, Technology and Human Values, 43(3): 570-599.

Siciliano, M, Welch, EW and Feeney, MK (2018) Network Exploration and Exploitation: Professional Network Churn and Science Production, Social Networks, 52: 167-179.

Fusi, F, Manzella, D, Louafi, S and Welch, EW (2018) Building global genomics initiatives and enabling data sharing: Insights from multiple case studies, Omics: a journal of integrative biology 22(4): 237-247.

Halewood, Michael, Chiurugwi, T, Sackville Hamilton, R, Kurtz, B, Marden, E, Welch, EW, Michels, F, Mozafari, J, Sabran, M, Patron, N, Kersey, P, Bastow, R, Dorius, S, Dias, S, McCouch, S and Powell, W (2018) Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: opportunities and challenges emerging from the science and information technology revolution, New Phytologist, 217(4): 1407-1419.

Welch, EW, Fusi, F, Louafi, S and Siciliano, M (2017) Genetic resource policies in international collaborative research for food and agriculture: A study of USAID-funded innovation labs, Global Food Security, 15: 33-42.

Welch, EW., Kuiken, T, Bagley, M and Louafi, S (2017) Potential implications of new synthetic biology and genomic research trajectories on the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Martin, Y,  Feller, I, Georghiou, L, Laredo, P and Welch, EW (2017) Financial Sustainability of Biobanks: From Theory to Practice, Biopreservation and biobanking, 15(2): 85-92.

Kim, KW, Welch, EW and Johnson, T (2017) Human and social capital determinants of translational activity in medical sciences, Science and Public Policy, 44(5): 609-619.

Nijar, GS, Louafi, S and Welch, EW (2017) The implementation of the Nagoya ABS Protocol for the research sector: experience and challenges, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17(5): 607-621.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 605Org. Theory and Behav. Seminar
Spring 2021
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PAF 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 605Org. Theory and Behav. Seminar
Fall 2019
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PAF 601Advanced Public Policy Seminar
Spring 2019
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PAF 591Seminar
Fall 2018
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PAF 605Org. Theory and Behav. Seminar
Fall 2017
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PAF 605Org. Theory and Behav. Seminar
PAF 691Seminar