Program Overview

Science and technology play a central role in our modern world. With the potential to transform the way we live, work, and govern, these fields pose novel dilemmas for political and policy discussion. For example, how should decision-makers contend with competing understandings of the scientific evidence regarding climate change? In what way should we incorporate ethical and social concerns into the regulatory infrastructures for innovations such as biotechnology and nanotechnology?

The Ford School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program confronts these types of questions, seeking to improve understanding, analysis, and intervention in science and technology policymaking. It approaches these issues from two perspectives:

Launched in Fall 2006, STPP is a university-wide education and research program comprised of three separate components:

The postdoctoral fellowship program and the lecture series were initially made possible by a grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.