Lauren Keeler

Asst Research Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5603
Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5603
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5603

Biography

Lauren Withycombe Keeler is an assistant research professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She has a doctorate and master's in sustainability science. Her master's research focused on defining the knowledge and skills necessary for undergraduate and graduate sustainability education. She has consulted with universities in the U.S., Europe and Mexico, helping them develop sustainability degree programs. Her doctoral studies 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 research, Professor Keeler studies how different people with different professional responsibilities understand and make sense of the future and how futures are created through professional practice. She creates and utilizes foresight methods to anticipate the future impacts of emerging technologies, policies and other interventions on organizations, communities and cities. Her work focuses on building capacity among individuals and groups to think about the future in ways that yield more inclusive and sustainable futures and develop strategies to make those futures a reality. As a part of this work, she creates games that help players create and contend with alternative futures and address urgent sustainability problems. She has worked in the U.S. and Germany on issues of sustainability and responsible innovation and the role of universities and international university partnerships in facilitating local sustainability transitions.

Education

  • Ph.D. Sustainability Science, Arizona State University
  • M.A. Sustainability Science, Arizona State University

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
FIS 101 SFIS: The ASU Experience
SOS 558 GSS Sust Research Project
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOS 596 Capstone: Scientific Paper
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
FIS 307 Navigating Futures
FIS 394 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SCN 400 Sustainabl for Sci Teacher
SOS 590 Reading and Conference
SOS 594 Conference and Workshop
SOS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
FIS 394 Special Topics
SCN 401 SustainabilitySci,Tech&Society
HSD 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
FIS 394 Special Topics
SCN 400 Sustainabl for Sci Teacher
SOS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
HSD 598 Special Topics