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Daniel Sarewitz

Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
Professor of Science and Society, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Daniel Sarewitz’s work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes. How does the distribution of the social benefits of science relate to the way that we organize scientific inquiry? What accounts for the highly uneven advance of know-how related to solving human problems? How do the interactions between scientific uncertainty and human values influence decision making? How does technological innovation influence politics? And how can improved insight into such questions contribute to improved real-world practice?

From 1989 to 1993, Sarewitz worked on R&D policy issues as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, and principal speech writer for Committee Chairman George E. Brown, Jr. He received a doctorate in geological sciences from Cornell University in 1986. He now directs CSPO’s office in Washington, D.C., and focuses his efforts on a range of activities to increase CSPO’s impact on federal science and technology policy processes.

Sarewitz’s most recent book is The Techno-Human Condition (MIT Press, 2011; co-authored with Braden Allenby). Since 2009 he has also been a regular columnist for Nature magazine. Other published work includes Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress, (Temple University Press, 1996), Living with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery (Island Press, 2003; co-edited with Alan Lightman and Christina Desser) and Prediction: Science, Decision-Making, and the Future of Nature (Island Press, 2000; co-edited with Roger Pielke, Jr., and Radford Byerly, Jr.). Visit the CSPO online library for more.

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Sarewitz, Daniel. 2016. The pressure to publish pushes down quality.

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Chhetri, Netra, Lloyd, Jason, Nordhaus, Ted, Pielke, Roger A. Jr., Joyashree, Roy and Sarewitz, Daniel. March, 2016. "Adaptation for a High-Energy Planet." Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and The Breakthrough Institute, Washington, DC.


Sarewitz, Daniel. 2015. "CRISPR: Science can’t solve it." Nature, 522: 413-414.

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Alic, John and Sarewitz, Daniel. 2015. Energy-Climate Innovation: Simple as One, Two, Three. Working Paper commissioned by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation,

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McNie, Elizabeth C., Parris, Adam and Sarewitz, Daniel. 2015. "A Typology for Assessing the Role of Users in Scientific Research: Discussion Paper." Working Paper.

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