Democratization of Technological Governance: This is Not Your Mother’s pTA

Submitted by mkovvali on October 27, 2016 - 12:53pm

In its 2016 budget request to the President, NASA listed conducting a participatory technology assessment (pTA) for its Asteroid Initiative, a first for a US federal agency, among its accomplishments for 2015. This month a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighted the same project among “7 practices that agencies can use to effectively engage the public.” Yet the road to getting from “Forget Politicizing Science” to “Let’s Democratize Science” has not been easy.

Victoria Hooper

SFIS is home to students from a diverse range of ethnic, cultural, and professional backgrounds. A self-described “air force brat,” GTD student Victoria Hooper is one of just a few who come to the School from the US Armed Services.

The Future of Zika

Fighting emerging infectious diseases in a politically, socially and technologically changing world

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm
ASU Beus Center for Law and Society ASU (Downtown)

What does the 2016 U.S. election mean for combatting emerging infectious diseases like Zika? How can emerging technologies help in the fight against infectious disease? What are the potential hurdles? How does a shifting legal and social landscape affect our ability to ensure the health of all Americans in the face of old and new disease threats?


Academic Advising – Certificate in Global Development and Innovation (GDI)

The Certificate in Global Development and Innovation students are advised by Andra Williams, Graduate Program Advisor and Netra Chhetri, Associate Professor. If you have questions regarding what classes you should take or need, please discuss your options with them.

Wendi Taylor, M.Ed.
Graduate Program Advisor
Interdisciplinary B, Room 366
(480) 965-6584

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Global Development and Innovation (GDI)

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society encourages applications from students of diverse backgrounds. Students are strongly encouraged to have prior relevant education, training, or experience in science or engineering.

Degree: Applicants must have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country. 


Certificate in Global Development and Innovation (CDI)

The Certificate in Global Development and Innovation program requires the following: 

Total required credit hours: 15

Required core courses: (6 credit hours)
GTD 501 Global Technology and Development (3)
GTD 511 Development Policy and Practices (3)


Graduate Certificate in Global Development and Innovation (GDI)

This graduate certificate program responds to the knowledge and skills gap that development practitioners often struggle with, and it also connects with innovations that policymakers seek for more sustainable and resilient futures. It provides current and critical perspectives on innovation and development for overseeing and managing complex global challenges, while fostering cultural sensitivities and dispositions.