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Eric Welch

Professor & Director, Center for Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Studies (CSTEPS)
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
Senior Sustainability Scientist
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 decision-making, organization and network theory, institutional design, and science and innovation policy. He received his doctorate from the Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he specialized in science and environmental policy. Professor Welch currently directs the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS) at ASU. He is an affiliated faculty member in the ASU School for the Future of Innovation and Society and in the Center for Organization Research and Design, as well as Senior Sustainability Scientist in the ASU School of Sustainability and Senior Fellow in the ASU Sweete Center for Sustainable Food Systems.

His primary research interests include genetic resource policy for food and agriculture, organizational adaptation to climate change, women and underrepresented minorities in science, and use of digital technology in government. Welch has 15 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 (PI); 2) Framing and assessing academic research excellence and competitiveness (AREC Framework) for teams, institutions and jurisdictions (coPI); 3) Contested resource Inputs to science: How institutional provisions on the access and use of materials and data affect research collaboration structures and outcomes (PI); and 4) Evaluation of Kansas EPSCoR, microbiomes of aquatic habitats, plants, and soils (PI). Welch is the ASU lead on the EU Horizon 2020 project on global governance of genetic based R&D for coffee agroforestry systems (BREEDcafs) under the EU’s Sustainable Food Security Resilient and Resource Efficient Value Chains program. He is also the coPI on an interdisciplinary project on adaptive management of extreme weather using ASU’s Decision Theater approach to visualize big data to facilitate multi-stakeholder public sector decision making to reduce vulnerability. Welch has received funding for previous research projects from USAID BFS, USDA NIFA, UN FAO, Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bioversity International, and CCAFS, among others.

Professor Welch has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, refereed proceedings and book chapters. He is currently editing two books: one on evaluating broadband technology and one on the state of the art in 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 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 and the UN FAO on the implications of digital sequence information on the International Plant Treaty.

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 two years)

Welch, Eric W., Federica Fusi, Selim Louafi, and Michael Siciliano. "Genetic resource policies in international collaborative research for food and agriculture: A study of USAID-funded innovation labs." Global Food Security (2017).

Welch, Eric W., and Todd Kuiken. "Potential implications of new synthetic biology and genomic research trajectories on the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA or ‘Treaty’)." UN FAO (2017).

Yuille, Moderator: Martin, Participants: Irwin Feller, Luke Georghiou, Philippe Laredo, and Eric W. Welch. "Financial Sustainability of Biobanks: From Theory to Practice." Biopreservation and biobanking 15, no. 2 (2017): 85-92.

Kim, KyungWoo, Eric W. Welch, and Timothy Johnson. "Human and social capital determinants of translational activity in medical sciences." Science and Public Policy 44, no. 5 (2017): 609-619.

Fusi, Federica, Eric W. Welch, and Michael Siciliano. "Barriers and facilitators of access to biological material for international research: The role of institutions and networks." Science and Public Policy (2018).

Fusi, Federica, Daniele Manzella, Selim Louafi, and Eric Welch. "Building global genomics initiatives and enabling data sharing: Insights from multiple case studies." Omics: a journal of integrative biology 22, no. 4 (2018): 237-247.

Zhang, Fengxiu, Eric W. Welch, and Qing Miao. "Public Organization Adaptation to Extreme Events: Mediating Role of Risk Perception." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 28, no. 3 (2018): 371-387.

Halewood, Michael, Tinashe Chiurugwi, Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton, Brad Kurtz, Emily Marden, Eric Welch, Frank Michiels et al. "Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: opportunities and challenges emerging from the science and information technology revolution." New Phytologist 217, no. 4 (2018): 1407-1419.

Siciliano, Michael D., Eric W. Welch, and Mary K. Feeney. "Network exploration and exploitation: Professional network churn and scientific production." Social Networks 52 (2018): 167-179.

Gaughan, Monica, Julia Melkers, and Eric Welch. "Differential Social Network Effects on Scholarly Productivity: An Intersectional Analysis." Science, Technology, & Human Values 43, no. 3 (2018): 570-599.

Nijar, Gurdial Singh, Sélim Louafi, and Eric W. Welch. "The implementation of the Nagoya ABS Protocol for the research sector: experience and challenges." International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17, no. 5 (2017): 607-621.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 601Advanced Public Policy Seminar
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 591Seminar
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 605Org. Theory and Behav. Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 605Org. Theory and Behav. Seminar
PAF 691Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 691Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 591Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 691Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 591Seminar