Lauren Withycombe Keeler is a visiting assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She has a PhD and MA in Sustainability Science from Arizona State University. Her masters research focused on defining the knowledge and skills necessary for undergraduate and graduate sustainability education. She has consulted with universities in the US, Europe and Mexico, helping them develop sustainability degree programs. Her PhD work focused on the use of foresight methods to explore complex governance challenges in sustainability, including climate governance, water governance, the governance of emerging technologies, and urban planning for sustainability.
In her current research, Dr. Keeler employs foresight methods to anticipate the future impacts of emerging technologies, policies and other interventions – particularly those that claim to contribute to a more sustainable society. She is particularly interested in innovating new methods for exploring and constructing more creative futures that can help address urgent sustainability problems. She has worked in the United States and Germany on issues of sustainability and responsible innovation and the role of universities and international university partnerships in fostering both.