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John Nelson

Doctoral Student, Arizona State University

Faculty Group: School for the Future of Innovation in Society


John Nelson is a doctoral student in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society.  His academic background includes training in moral philosophy, socio-technical systems studies, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and science policy.  As an undergraduate, Nelson worked as a research assistant on projects studying the construction of scientific authority in medical grey markets; social infrastructure for grassroots solar microgrid development; policymaking around big data and use of big data to inform public policy; and creative pedagogy and public engagement.  His current work involves deliberative polling on solar radiation management and means of effective social negotiation among plural epistemologies and moralities.

Nelson is broadly interested in the democratic governance of socio-technical change; modes of knowledge-making and use under high uncertainty and value dissonance; and the construction and propagation of modal narratives around contentious policy issues.

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