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Center Dir & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Center Dir & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603

Daniel Sarewitz is professor of science and society at Arizona State University, where he is co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), which he helped to found in 1999.

His work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes. How does the distribution of the social benefits of science relate to the way that we organize scientific inquiry? What accounts for the highly uneven advance of know-how related to solving human problems? How do the interactions between scientific uncertainty and human values influence decision making? And, how can improved insight into such questions contribute to improved real-world practice?

Professor Sarewitz's most recent book is The Technohuman Condition MIT Press 2011, co-authored with Braden Allenby); he is also the editor of the magazine Issues in Science and Technology ( and a regular columnist for Nature, and the author of many articles, both scholarly and general, about the interactions of science, technology, and society. From 1989-1993 he worked on R&D policy issues as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. He now resides in Washington, D.C., where he is runs the policy and outreach arm of CSPO.


Ph.D. Geological Sciences. Cornell University 1986

  • Miller, T., A. Wiek, D. Sarewitz, J. Robinson, L. Olsson, D. Kriebel and D. Loorbach, 2013, , v. 8(3). The Future of Sustainability Science: A Solutions-oriented Agenda. Sustainability Science (2013).
  • Sarewitz, D. Pure Hype of Pure Research Helps No One. Nature (2013).
  • Sarewitz, D. Science’s Rightful Place is in Service of Society. Nature (2013).
  • Sarewitz, D. 2013. Science Must be Seen to Bridge the Partisan Divide. Nature (2013).
  • Sarewitz, D. and R. Pielke, Jr. Learning to Live with Fossil Fuels. The Atlantic (2013).
  • Weaver, C., R. Lempert, C. Brown, J. Hall, D. Revell, and D. Sarewitz. Improving the Contribution of Climate Model Information to Decision Making: The Value and Demands of Robust Decision Making Frameworks. WIREs Climate Change (2013).
  • Harris, P., and D. Sarewitz. Destructive Creation and The New World Disorder. Current History (2012).
  • Metlay, D., and D. Sarewitz. Decision Strategies for Addressing Complex, "Messy" Problems. The Bridge (Journal of the National Academy of Engineering) (2012).
  • Sarewitz, D. Sometimes Science Must give Way to Religion. Nature (2012).
  • Sarewitz, D. 2012. Beware the Creeping Cracks of Bias. Nature (2012).
  • Sarewitz, D. 2012. Blue-Sky Bias Should Be Brought Down to Earth. Nature (2012).
  • Sarewitz, D., and Rip, A. A Forward Look (introduction to edited special issues). Minerva (2012).
  • . An Agenday for Science and Technology Studies? Emerging Themes from the Work of Young Scholars (50th Anniversary Issue). (2012).
  • Allenby, B., and D. Sarewitz. We’ve Made a World We Cannot Control. New Scientist (2011).
  • Bozeman, B., and D. Sarewitz. Public Value Mapping and Science Policy Evaluation. Minerva (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. Politicize Me. Nature (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. Science Agencies Must Bite Innovation Bullet. Nature (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. 2011. The Dubious Benefits of Broader Impacts. Nature (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. 2011 , Nature v. 478 (6 October), p. 7. The Voice of Science: Let’s Agree to Disagree. Nature (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. 2011. , , no. 2 (Autumn), pp. 59-68. Liberalism’s Modest Proposals or The Tyranny of Scientific Rationality. The Breakthrough Journal (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. 2011. , v. 2(2). Does Climate Knowledge Really Matter?. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (2011).
  • Allenby, D., and Sarewitz, D. The Techno-Human Condition. (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. Looking for Quality in All the Wrong Places, or: The Technological Origins of Quality in Scientific Policy Advice. The Politics of Scientific Advice: Institutional Design for Quality Assurance (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D. Institutional Ecology and the Social Outcomes of Scientific Research. The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (2011).
  • Sarewitz, D., R. Clapp, C. Crumbley, P. Hoppin, M. Jacobs, D. Kriebel, and J. Tickner. The Sustainability Solutions Agenda. From Critical Science to Solutions: The Best of Scientific Solutions (2011).
  • Alic, J., D. Sarewitz, C. Weiss, W. Bonvillian. A New Strategy for Energy Innovation. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Double Trouble? To Throw Cash at Science is a Mistake. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Better All the Time. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Brick by Brick. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Defending Democracy. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Entertaining Science. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Normal Science and Limits on Knowledge. Social Research (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Not by Experts Alone. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Tomorrow Never Knows. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D.,. Lab Politics. Slate (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D.,. The Trouble with Climate Science. Slate (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D., 2010. Curing Climate Backlash Nature v. 464 (3 March), p. 28. Curing Climate Backlash. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D., 2010. Missing Weapons Nature v. 464 (01 April), p. 672. Missing Weapons. Nature (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Against Holism. The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Political Effectiveness in Science and Technology. Science in the Context of Application: Methodological Change, Conceptual Transformation, Cultural Reorientation (2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. A Tale of Two Sciences. Nature (2009).
  • Sarewitz, D. The Rightful Place of Science. Issues in Science and Technology (2009).
  • Sarewitz, D., and S. Thernstrom. Climate Change E-Mail Scandal Underscores Myth of Pure Science. Los Angeles Times (2009).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, RIchard Nelson. Progress in Know-How: Its Origins and Limits. Innovations (2008).
  • Sarewitz, D. Money Talks (review of Science for Sale, by Daniel Greenberg). BioScience (2008).
  • Sarewitz, D., and R.R. Nelson. Three Rules for Technological Fixes. Nature (2008).
  • Sarewitz, D. and R.A. Pielke, Jr. The Steps Not Yet Taken,. Controversies in Science and Technology, vol. 2, From Climate to Chromosomes (2008).
  • Daniel Sarewitz. Does Science Policy Matter. Issues in Science and Technology Policy (2007).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, R Pielke. The Neglected Heart of Science Policy: Reconciling Supply of and Demand for Science. Environmental Science and Policy (2007).
  • Edward Woohouse, Daniel Sarewitz. Science Policies for Reducing Societal Inequities. Science and Public Policy (2007).
  • Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Buizer, James, Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Buizer, James, Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Buizer, James, Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Buizer, James, Van Der Leeuw, Sander. Transforming the Global Institute of Sustainability. (2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Five Questions (Ch. 18). Philosophy of Technology (2007).
  • Daniel Sarewitz. Liberating Science From Politics. American Scientist (2006).
  • Daniel Sarewitz. Scientizing Politics. Issues in Science and Technology, Winter (2006).
  • I Bennett, Daniel Sarewitz. To Little, Too Late?: Research Policies on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology in the United States. Science as Culture (2006).
  • M Garfinkle, Daniel Sarewitz, A Porter. A Societal Outcomes Map for Health Research and Policy. American Journal of Public Health (2006).
  • Guston, D H, Sarewitz, Daniel. Shaping Science and Technology Policy: The Next Generation of Research. (2006).
  • Guston, David H, Sarewitz, Daniel. Shaping Science and Technology Policy: The Next Generation of Research. (2006).
  • . . Review of: The Republican War on Science (2006).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Gaia. Encylopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (2005).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Governance of Science. Encylopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (2005).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Hazards. Encylopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (2005).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Prediction. Encylopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (2005).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel, Mitcham, Carl. Uncertainty. Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (2005).
  • B Bozeman, Daniel Sarewitz. Public Value Failures and Science Policy. Science and Public Policy (2005).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, G Foladori, N Invernizzi, M Garfinkel. Science Policy in its Social Context. Philosophy Today (2005).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, R Pielke. Discussion: Response to Lovbrand and Oberg. Environmental Science and Policy (2005).
  • R Pielke, Daniel Sarewitz. Bringing Society Back into the Climate Debate. Population and Environment (2005).
  • R Pielke, Daniel Sarewitz. Rising Tide: The Tsunami's Real Cause. The New Republic (2005).
  • Daniel Sarewitz. Hiding Behind Science. Newsday (2004).
  • Daniel Sarewitz. How Science Makes Environmental Controversies Worse. Environmental Science and Policy (2004).
  • Daniel Sarewitz. Scientific Sanctity Veils Real Stakes. Arizona Republic (2004).
  • R Lempert, N Nakicenovic, Daniel Sarewitz, M Schlesinger. Characterizing Climate-Change Uncertainties for Decisionmakers. Climatic Change (2004).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, P Kitcher. Science, Truth, and Democracy. Policy Sciences (2003).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, R Pielke, M Keykhah. Vulnerability and Risk: Some Thoughts from a Political and Policy Perspective. Risk Analysis (2003).
  • M Garfinkle, Daniel Sarewitz. Parallel Path: Poliovirus Research in the Vaccine Era. Science and Engineering Ethics (2003).
  • R Pielke, Daniel Sarewitz. Wanted: Scientific Leadership on Climate. Science and Technology, Winter (2003).
  • Lightman, A, Sarewitz, Daniel, Desser, C. Living with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery. (2003).
  • . . AAAS Science and Technology Policy Yearbook (2003).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Science and Happiness. Living with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery (2003).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) ,Woodhouse, E (Author) . Small is Powerful. Living with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery (2003).
  • D Guston, Daniel Sarewitz. Real-Time Technology Assessment. Technology in Culture (2002).
  • David Guston, Daniel Sarewitz. Real-Time Technology Assessment. Technology in Society (2002).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Defining What we Need to Know. Engineering and Environmental Challenges: A Technical Symposium on Earth System Engineering (2002).
  • D Guston, E Woodhouse, Daniel Sarewitz. A Science and Technology Policy Focus for the Bush Administration. Science and Technology (2001).
  • Daniel Sarewitz. Catastrophe Will Always Find a New Way to Strike. Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2001).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, D Greenberg. Politics is Hell, Review of Science, Money, and Politics. Science (2001).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, R Pielke. Climate Changes:Society Has to Learn to Adapt. The Albuquerque Journal (2001).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, R Pielke. Extreme events: a research and policy framework for disasters in context. International Geology Review (2001).
  • . . Guide to Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy (2001).
  • Crow, M (Author) ,Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Nanotechnology and Societal Transformation. AAAS Science and Technology Policy Yearbook (2001).
  • Crow, M (Author) ,Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Nanotechnology and Societal Transformation. Societal Implications of Nanotechnology (2001).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Bienestar humano y ciencia federal, cual es su conexion?. Ciencia, Tecnologia, Sociedad y Cultura (2001).
  • C Herrick, Daniel Sarewitz. Ex Post Evaluation: A More Effective Role for Scientific Assessments in Environmental Policy. Science, Technology, and Human Values (2000).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, D Callahan. Death Takes No Holiday, Review of False Hopes. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2000).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, R Pielke. Breaking the Global Warming Gridlock. The Atlantic Monthly (2000).
  • Daniel Sarewitz, R Pollack. The Missing Moment. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2000).
  • R Pielke, Daniel Sarewitz. Anyone for Global Warming?. The Washington Times (2000).
  • R Pielke, R Klein, Daniel Sarewitz. Turning the Big Knob: An Evaluation of the Use of Energy Policy to Modulate Future Climate Impacts. Energy and Environment (2000).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel, Pielke, R A, Byerly, R. Prediction: Science, Decision Making, and the Future of Nature. (2000).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Human Well-being and Federal Science-What's the Connection?. Science, Technology, and Democracy (2000).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) . Science and Environmental Policy: An Excess of Objectivity. Earth Matters: The Earth Sciences, Philosophy, and the Claims of Community, Upper Saddle River (2000).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) ,Pielke, R A (Author) . Prediction in Science and Policy. Prediction: Science, Decision Making, and the Future of Nature (2000).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) ,Pielke, R A (Author) ,Byerly, R (Author) . Decision Making and the Future of Nature: Understanding and Using Predictions. Prediction: Science, Decision Making, and the Future of Nature (2000).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel (Author) ,Pielke, R A (Author) ,Byerly, R (Author) . Introduction: Death, Taxes, and Environmental Policy. Prediction: Science Decision Making and the Future of Nature (2000).
  • Sarewitz, D. Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies. The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem (0).
  • Sarewitz, D. Who Is Converging with Whom? An Open Letter to Professor Bryan Norton from a Policy Wonk. Nature in Common (0).
  • Smits, R., R. van Merkerk, D. H. Guston and D. Sarewitz. The Role of Technology Assessment in Systemic Innovation Policy. The Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy: An International Research Handbook (0).
Research Activity: 
  • Sarewitz, D. When is Policy Good Enough for Evidence? Rathenau Institute, The Hague, Netherlands. Adventures in Democracy, 1: Evidence-Based policy (Aug 2013).
  • Sarewitz, D. Normal Innovation. Breakthrough Dialogue, Cavallo Point, CA (Jun 2013).
  • Sarewitz, D. What if You Can’t Measure What Matters?. Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC (Jun 2013).
  • Sarewitz, D. Deadline 2020: An Innovation Systems Management Problem?. National Breast Cancer Coalition, Advocate Leadership Summit, Washington, DC (Jun 2013).
  • , Future Tense Event , May 21, 2012. "Just Trust Us": The Postwar Golden Era and Why We Cling to It. How to Save America’s Knowledge Enterprise From Tight Budgets, Primitive Myths, and the Shadow of Al (May 2012).
  • Sarewitz, D. Innovation, Institutions, and the Advance of Know-How: Implications for R&D Policy For Cancer. President’s Cancer Panel, Bethesda, MD, December 14, 2010 (Dec 2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Military Technologies and Social Transformation. Warring Futures: How Biotech and Robotics are Transforming Today's Military -- and How That Will Cha (May 2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. The Science in Politics. AAAS S&T Policy Forum, Washington, DC (May 2010).
  • Sarewitz, D. Selected talks listed in "Additional Information" section. These are all invited presentations. see "additional information" below (Dec 2009).
  • Sarewitz, D. Paths to Outcomes Based Innovation Policy. National Institutes of Health Science of Science Management Meeting (Oct 2008).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Science Policy and Innovation. Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology meeting, Washington, DC (Sep 2008).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Transhumanism in the Culture of Progress. Templeton Workshop on Transhumanism and Religion, Arizona State University (Apr 2008).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Can Technology Make You Better?. Templeton Lecture on Transhumanism and Religion, Arizona State University (Apr 2008).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. All We Lack is Political Will: Technology and Effectiveness in Human Affairs. Technology,and Public Policy Lecture Series U. Michigan (Dec 2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. New Tools for Science Policy Making. Science, Technology, and Society Circle, Harvard University (Nov 2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies: Competing Values, Irreducible Uncertainties, and Transformation Innovation. Technical Change and Public Policy, U. Oviedo, Spain (Oct 2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Technology and Effectiveness in Contested Political Settings. Technical Change and Public Policy (Oct 2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Ways of Knowing Novel Materials. Environmental Effects of Novel Materials and Processes (Apr 2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Political Effectiveness in Science and Technology. Science and Social Values (Apr 2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Connecting Research to Social Outcomes. Nebraska Board of Regents Meeting (Mar 2007).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Governable?. James Martin Forum on Science and Civilization: Tomorrow's People (Mar 2006).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Proposition 71: Vulgar Democracy in Action. AAAS Annual Meeting, Symposium on Stem Cells and Society: Assessing a Grand Challenge (Feb 2006).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Tools For Goldilocks: Rethinking the Relationships Among Research, Funding, and Progress. AAAS Annual Meeting, Symposium on :The Goldilocks Dilemma Facing Science Funding (Feb 2006).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Where Responsibility Lies: Promise versus Process in the Production of Knowledge for Leading Technologies. Thinking With Einstein: The Responsibility of Science for Peace in the 21st Century (Oct 2005).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. Global Warming Reality Check. Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Meeting (Sep 2005).
  • Sarewitz, Daniel. New Frontiers in Technology Assessment. Nanotechnology: Science, Economy, Society (Jan 2005).
  • Minerva, Editorial Board (2013 - Present)
  • Executive committee and graduate admissions committee, HSD PhD program, member (2013 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Technology and Philosophy Book Series, Springer Publications, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, HSD PhD Program, member (2010 - Present)
  • Task Force on Geoengineering, Bipartisan Policy Center, member (2010 - Present)
  • Springer publishers, editorial board for Philosophy of Technology book series (2009 - Present)
  • Earthscan/James & James, Editorial board, Science and Society (2005 - Present)
  • Science and Society Editorial Board, Earthscan, Member (2005 - Present)
  • Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, AAAS, Member (2010 - 2013)
  • Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, AAAS, Committee Member (2010 - 2012)
  • Task Force on Geoengineering, Bipartisan Policy Center, Task Force Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Global Institute of Sustainability, strategic assessment group (or something) (2007 - 2007)
  • Director (2007 - 2007)
  • Global Health Advisory Group, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • General Description of my activities, See Additional Info (2005 - 2005)
  • Water resources/policy faculty search committee, IIS, Committee Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Task for on the Creation of a School of Global Public Heatlh, Task force member (2004 - 2004)
  • Washington Science Policy Alliance, Founding Member (2001 - 2004)
  • Geological Society of America Distinguished Speaker in Geology and Public Policy, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • Climate Research Committee, National Research Council, Member (2001 - 2003)
  • Committee on Assessment of Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, Multihazard Mitigation Council, Member (2001 - 2002)
  • Committee on Future Roles, Challenges and Opportunities for the USGS, National Research Council, Member (1999 - 2000)
  • general reviewing activities, (Present)