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Brown Bag Seminar with Erik W. Johnston

Friday, May 6, 2016

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Tempe Campus: Coor 5536

The role of policy informatics in opening governance to include more public participation, innovation, and evidence-based decisions making.

Parallel advances in computational power, cognitive science, and informatics continues to open organizational arrangements from hierarchies, through networks, and toward emergent collaborations. When successful, opening governance approaches tend to have more capacity. Unfortunately, the paradox is that they are less likely to achieve their intended results than traditional approaches. Over the past decade, the Center for Policy Informatics at ASU has conducted use-inspired research to increase both the potential of these open approaches as well as the likelihood that they will succeed when used. This talk will highlight current and future research that spans the contexts of heat vulnerabilities, transportation planning, natural resource management, and health care delivery to understand the common features of successful opening governance approaches that include more public participation, innovation, and evidence-based decision making.


Bring your lunch and join us for this exciting talk!



Erik W. Johnston, Ph.D, is an associate professor of policy informatics in the School of Public Affairs and the director of the Center for Policy Informatics in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University.

Johnston's research focuses on Policy informatics, the study of how computational and communication technology is leveraged to specifically understand and address complex public policy and administration problems and realize innovations in governance processes and institutions. His research explores how our governance systems can evolve to address increasingly complex challenges, and to meet the rising expectations of people to be full participants in their governance systems, what changes we need to make in technology, processes, institutional capacity and social norms to realize that future.