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 (www.issues.org) 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.