Projects

An Evaluation of the Mandatory Drought Responses in Georgia, Focusing on Water Utilities

Due to continuous extreme weather conditions, North Georgia has suffered drought since 2007. During the drought, the Georgia  government imposed mandatory drought responses and encouraged conservation practices among water  utilities. The purpose of this study was to help improve the performance of water conservation and the  effectiveness of drought responses by providing better understanding and analytical explanations of the drought  responses.

Distributional Assessment of Emerging Technologies: Case Studies in the Americas

Despite decades of strong economic growth, the problem of global inequality is still large. Within-country inequality is clearly on the rise, and most poor nations are not closing the global gap in standard of living.

Doctoral Dissertation Research: International Collaboration and Research Capabilities

Recent trends show that Colombian R&D performance is rapidly improving as compared to countries of similar economic characteristics in the region. This is presumably the result of two 'mega trends' characterizing the Colombian Science and Technology System: 1) the rapid professionalization of the R&D enterprise as materialized by the formation of research teams with the support of the Colombian government and the elite research institutions, and 2) the internationalization of its scientific community specially since the 90s after the opening of the economy to foreign trade.

Equity, Equality, and Responsibility in Nanotechnology

The TPAC team is partnering with colleagues at Arizona State University and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, to study equity, equality, and development issues, as part of the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University. We have traveled to South Africa for field work on the South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANI) and are now studying the research agenda on water, energy, and agrifood applications of nanotechnology in the United States.

ERAWATCH

The Technology Policy and Assessment Center, in association with the European Commission is part of a Network of Strategic Intelligence Providers (ERAWATCH), a joint initiative of the European Commission's Directorates General for Research and Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). The project aims to provide better knowledge and understanding of national research systems, policies and the environments in which they operate in order to improve policy making in the research field in Europe.

High Technology Indicators

High Tech Indicators compares the technological competitiveness of 33 nations, including a large number of industrializing economies. This continues a series prepared every three years beginning in 1987.

Measuring and Tracking Research Knowledge Integration and Transfer

Enhanced Science of Science and Innovation Policy depends on better metrics. You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This is particularly true for interdisciplinary research, which currently has few generally agreed-upon measures with acceptable degrees of accuracy. Researchers at the University of Sussex have begun to address this problem by developing a conceptual framework to gauge research diversity. The current project builds upon that conceptual framework to empirically test metrics that gauge the interdisciplinarity of particular bodies of research.

MOD: Models of International Research Collaboration

As world research capacity expands rapidly, the United States science and engineering enterprise finds itself in a new position. Decades of U.S. dominance in science and engineering research helped create U.S. leadership in emerging industries such as information and biotechnology. But U.S. science and engineering research are likely in coming decades to take their place among many strong players on a global scene. Europe, Japan and Korea are already international powers in research and development, and China, India, Brazil, and South Africa are rapidly expanding their capabilities.

Research Sample Profiling

In this SGER proposal, the investigators propose to do some extensive research profiling on education research projects supported by ROLE, EREC, and the REESE program. The objective is to examine the social knowledge networks of the projects, through their citation of other works, in an attempt to understand the social structure of the education research community.

The Visualization of Scientific Discovery in the Federal Context

A workshop sponsored by the NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program (SciSIP)

In collaboration with the Divisions of Chemistry, Computing and Communication Foundations, Industrial Innovation & Partnerships. Information and Intelligent Systems, Science Resources Statistics, and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure as well as the Department of Energy Office of Science

U.S-European Commission Collaboration: Policies for Research and Innovation

This two-year award supports US-European cooperative research activities on policies for research and innovation involving Susan Cozzens of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Philippe Laredo of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees (ENPC) in Paris, France. The PI and US colleagues will participate in activities of a European Union Network of Excellence, "Science and Technology in the Knowledge-Based Society," called PRIME. Their participation is expected to lead to collaborative research.

World News Coverage of Biofuels

We are studying global learning processes

  • Directed to solving a world-level problem
  • Knowledge accumulates across national boundaries
  • Global innovation systems develop, test, diffuse solutions

What is the role of controversy and conflict in those processes?

World Water: Case Studies in Research as a Redistributive Force in the Knowledge Society

This project, funded by the Science and Society Program, seeks to address the question of how science and technology policies play a role in improving the quality or reducing the cost for a basic service. If such research for development is successful, it can lower costs and increase quality of life and can build technical capacity in developing countries, leaving them better prepared for endogenous innovation in the future.