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Lauren Withycombe Keeler

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Assistant Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Lauren Withycombe Keeler is an assistant research professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and founding member of the Center for the Study of the Future and the Risk Innovation Lab.

Dr. Keeler is trained in sustainability science and in her research and teaching she explores the future impacts of social and technological innovation on sustainability goals. She is particularly interested in innovating new methods for exploring and constructing more creative futures that can help address urgent sustainability problems. She has worked in the United States and Germany with universities, businesses, and governments utilizing participatory scenario construction, visioning and sustainability assessment to explore issues of sustainability and responsible innovation with a focus on cities, water systems, and human health and well-being.

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Keeler, Lauren Withycombe and Foley, Rider W. 2015. "The Monster and the polar bears: constructing the future knowledge landscape of synthetic biology to inform responsible innovation." Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(1): 81-84.

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Wiek, Arnim, Keeler, Lauren Withycombe, Schweizer, Vanessa and Lang, Daniel J. Under review, 2012. "Plausibility Indications in Future Scenarios." International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy.

Foley, Rider W., Kuzdas, C., Warner, B., Keeler, Lauren Withycombe, D, Iwaniec and Wiek, Arnim. February, 2012. "Designing Sustainable Governance: Cross-Domain Comparison and Evaluation." Poster Presentation. 3rd Annual International Conference on Sustainability Science, Tempe, AZ.

Keeler, Lauren Withycombe and Wiek, Arnim. In preparation, "What if the Future is not what we Envisioned? Advances in Sustainability Research and Planning through Contrasting, Non-intervention Scenarios." Working Paper.