Integrated Search Menu

Thaddeus Miller

Senior Sustainability Scientist

Thaddeus Miller is an associate professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. He also co-directs the Center for Smart Cities and Regions. He collaborates with interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to enable cities to leverage science and technology to meet policy goals and community needs. He is on the Executive Management Team for the National Science Foundation-funded Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, and co-PI of the NSF-funded STIR Cities project. His recent book, "Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and Action for a Sustainable Future," part of the Earthscan Routledge Science in Society Series, examines how scientists can navigate epistemic and normative tensions to link knowledge to social action. 

  • Ph.D. Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • M.P.A. Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University
  • B.A. Economics, Environmental Studies, Bucknell University


Miller, Thaddeus R. 2015. Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and Action for a Sustainable Future. Science in Society Series. Routledge, Earthscan: Oxford, UK.

Journal Articles

Thaddeus R. Miller, Mikhail Chester, Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson. 2018. Rethinking Infrastructure in an Era of Unprecedented Weather Events. Issues in Science and Technology Winter 2018.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Levenda, Anthony, Jennifer Richter, Thaddeus R. Miller, Erik Fisher. 2018. Smart Energy Imaginaries and the Governance of Innovation. Futures

Muñoz-Erickson, Tischa A., Clark Miller, Thaddeus R. Miller. 2017. How cities think: knowledge co-production for urban sustainability and resilience. Forests 8(6): 203-220.

Grabowski, Zbigniew, Marissa Matsler, Cassie Thiel, Richard Hum, Anne Bradshaw, Lauren McPhillips, Thaddeus R. Miller, and Charles L. Redman. 2017. Infrastructures as socio-eco-technical systems: five considerations for interdisciplinary dialogue. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 23(4): 1-9.​

Richter, Jennifer A., Abraham Tidwell, Erik Fisher, Thaddeus R. Miller. 2016. STIRring the grid: Engaging energy systems design and planning in the context of urban sociotechnical imaginaries. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 30(3): 365-384.​

Miller, Thaddeus R., Erin Goodling, Cameron Herrington, and Jennifer Devlin. 2015. The Community Watershed Stewardship Program: Experiments in Engagement and Equity in Portland, OR. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 17: 30-35.​

Miller, Thaddeus R., Arnim Wiek, Daniel Sarewitz, John Robinson, Lennart Olsson, David Kriebel, and Derk Loorbach. 2014. The Future of Sustainability Science: A Solutions-Oriented Agenda. Sustainability Science 9(2): 239-246.​

Lubitow, Amy and Thaddeus R. Miller. 2013. Contesting Sustainability: Bikes, Race, and Politics in Portlandia. Environmental Justice 6(4): 121-126.​

Miller, Thaddeus R. and Mark Neff. 2013. De-Facto Science Policy in the Making: How Scientists Shape Science Policy and Why It Matters. Minerva 51(3): 295-313.

Miller, Thaddeus R. 2013. Constructing Sustainability Science: Emerging Perspectives and Research Trajectories. Sustainability Science 8(2): 279-293.

Miller, Thaddeus R., Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson, and Charles L. Redman. 2011. Transforming Knowledge for Sustainability: Fostering Adaptability in Academic Institutions. International Journal for Sustainability in Higher Education 12(2): 177-192.

Miller, Thaddeus R., Ben A. Minteer, and Leon C. Malan. 2011. The New Conservation Debate: The View from Practical Ethics. Biological Conservation 144(3): 948-957.

Minteer, Ben A. and Thaddeus R. Miller.  2011. The New Conservation Debate: Ethical Foundations, Strategic Trade-offs, and Policy Opportunities. Biological Conservation 144(3): 945-947.

​Miller, Thaddeus R., Timothy D. Baird, Caitlin M. Littlefield, Gary Kofinas, F. Stuart Chapin III and Charles L. Redman. 2008. Epistemological Pluralism: Reorganizing Interdisciplinary Research. Ecology and Society 13(2): 46. [online] URL:

​Miller, Thaddeus R., Virginia A. Rauh, Sharon A. Glied, Dale Hattis, Andrew Rundle, Henry Andrews, Frederica Perera. 2006. The Economic Impact of Early Life Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure: Early Intervention for Developmental Delay. Environmental Health Perspectives 114(10): 1585-8.

Book Chapters

Miller, Thaddeus R. 2018. Sustainability Science. In Companion to Environmental Studies, Noel Castree, Mike Hulme, James Proctor, eds. Routledge: London, UK.

Miller, Thaddeus R. and Anthony Levenda. 2017.  The Politics of Urban Sustainability Transitions. In Urban Sustainability Transitions. Niki Frantzeskaki, Lars Coenen, Vanessa Castan Broto, Derk Loorbach eds. Routledge: London, UK. pp. 346-355.

Redman, Charles L. and Thaddeus R. Miller. 2015. The Technosphere and Earth Stewardship. In Earth Stewardship: Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice. Ricardo Rozzi, Steward. T.A. Pickett, J. Baird Callicott, F. Stuart “Terry” Chapin, Mary E. Power, and Juan J. Armesto, eds. Springer. pp. 269-279.​

Miller, Thaddeus R. and Amy Lubitow. 2014. The Politics of Sustainability: Contested Urban Bikeway Development in Portland, Oregon. In Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities. Julian Agyeman and Steve Zavestoski, eds. Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series. Routledge. pp. 266-289

Popular Writing

Miller, Thaddeus R. Cities Need to Band Together on Self-Driving Cars. Slate Future Tense, April 2018.

Maynard, Andrew, Jameson Wetmore, Thaddeus R. Miller. After Tempe Fatality, Self-Driving Car Developers Must Engage Public Now or Risk Rejection. The Conversation, March 2018.

Miller, Clark, Tischa Munoz-Erickson, Thaddeus R. Miller, and the Knowledge Systems Innovation Group*. Can Cities Get Smarter about Extreme Weather? The Conversation. November 2017.

Miller, Thaddeus R. and Mikhail Chester. 6 Rules for Infrastructure Investment in an Era of ‘Unprecedented’ Weather Events. The Conversation. September 2017.

Miller, Thaddeus R. Futurescape City Tour: Exploring Portland’s Technological Past, Present and Future. Institute for Sustainable Solutions Blog. November 2013.

Miller, Thaddeus R. Looking for Insight on Portland’s Future? Sustainable Business Oregon Voices. August 2013.

Miller, Thaddeus R. Sustainability in the Anthropocene: A Techno-Political Project. Resilience Science blog. April 2012.

Research Activity: 

Executive Management Team, Senior Personnel. Urban Resilience to Extreme Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN). National Science Foundation. $12,000,000, 2015-2020.

Co-Principal Investigator. STIR Cities: Engaging Expert Performances of Sociotechnical Imaginaries for the Smart Grid. National Science Foundation, Science, Technology and Society Program. $303,000, 2015-2018.

Co-Principal Investigator. Conference for Sustainability IGERTs. National Science Foundation. $95,095, 2012-2013.

Co-Principal Investigator. Linking Socio-Environmental Knowledge to Socio-Environmental Change. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), 2012.

Co-Principal Investigator. Contesting Sustainability: Bikes, Hipsters and Gentrification. American Sociological Association Advancing the Discipline Research Awards. $7,000, 2012-2013.

Principal Investigator. Linking Socio-Environmental Science to Socio-Environmental Change Workshop. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), 2012.

Principal Investigator. Community Watershed Stewardship Program. Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland (Oregon). $236,000, 2012-2016.

Fellow in Urban Ecology, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT), National Science Foundation, $130,000, 2008-2010.

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 101SFIS: The ASU Experience
FIS 480Innovation Studio
FIS 484Internship
FIS 492Honors Directed Study
FIS 493Honors Thesis
FIS 498Pro-Seminar
FIS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 484Internship
FIS 492Honors Directed Study
FIS 493Honors Thesis
FIS 498Pro-Seminar
FIS 499Individualized Instruction
HSD 598Special Topics
EGR 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PUP 394Special Topics
HUL 394Special Topics
GCU 394Special Topics
FIS 394Special Topics
EGR 394Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 480Innovation Studio
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 591Seminar
HSD 598Special Topics
EGR 598Special Topics
ERM 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 480Innovation Studio
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 591Seminar
HSD 598Special Topics
EGR 598Special Topics