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Mahmud Farooque

Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO); Clinical Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS); Arizona State University

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1800 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20006


Mahmud’s work at ASU’s Washington Center focuses on linking science policy to better societal outcomes.

He co-leads CSPO’s long-term efforts to build a community of practice among innovative R&D program managers in the government, non-government and private sectors.These include convening informal and formal knowledge exchanges between program managers about the challenges and opportunities for innovating in path dependent institutions.

Mahmud is the principal coordinator of Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) – a distributive institutional network that brings together research centers, informal science education centers, citizen science programs and non-partisan policy think tanks to engage citizens on decision-making related to science and technology policy. He led large-scale public participation projects on biodiversity, space, climate, and energy to support policy and decision-making at the national and global levels. His current public engagement projects involve Climate Change Resilience, Gene Drives, Driverless Cars, Geoengineering, and Gene Editing.

Mahmud is a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, editorial board member of TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice (peer reviewed and open access) and advisory board member of ISE — Institute for a Sustainable Earth at George Mason University.

Mahmud was the Deputy Director of Policy Programs at the New York Academy of Science, Director of Collaborative Research at City University of New York, Associate Director for Research Development at Northwestern University, and Managing Director of USDOT Research Center at Purdue University.

Mahmud’s expertise focuses on innovation systems, research management, knowledge co-production, policy entrepreneurship, and participatory technology assessment.

22 PublicationsView All Publications

Dorit Barlevy, Eric Juengst, Jeffrey Kahn, Jonathan Moreno, Lauren Lambert, Alta Charo, Hervé Chneiweiss, Mahmud Farooque, David H Guston, Insoo Hyun, Paul S Knoepfler, Cynthia Selin, Rebecca Wilbanks, Manar Zaghlula, Christopher Thomas Scott, 2024. "Governing with public engagement: an anticipatory approach to human genome editing." Science and Public Policy, 00: 1-12.

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Farooque, Mahmud and Kessler, Jason. 2023. "How Would You Defend the Planet From Asteroids?." Issues in Science and Technology, 39(2): 74-80.

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Farooque, Mahmud, Ed. 2022. The Rightful Place of Science: New Tools for Science Policy, Vol II. Tempe, AZ: Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes.

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Selin, C., Lambert, L., Morain, S., Nelson, J. P., Barlevy, D., Farooque, M., Manley, H., & Scott, C. T. 2023. "Researching the future: scenarios to explore the future of human genome editing." BMC Medical Ethics, 24(1): Article 72.

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Weller, Nicholas, Govani M. and Farooque M. 2022. Public Value Evidence for Public Value Outcomes: Integrating Public Values into Federal Policymaking. Day One Project, United States.

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