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Cynthia Selin

Assistant Professor


Cynthia Selin graduated with a B.S. in American Studies from University of California/ Santa Cruz (1996) where she wrote her senior thesis on the promise and peril of nanotechnology. In 2000 she completed a M. A. in Science, Technology and Society from Roskilde University (Denmark) where her research focused on technology assessment, and, more specifically, scenario planning. These interested were pursued at Copenhagen Business Schools’ Institute for Management, Politics and Philosophy in her doctoral project, completed 2006. The PhD dissertation, entitled Volatile Visions: Transactions in Anticipatory Knowledge explores three interwoven research areas- foresight methodologies, the sociology of expectations and the emergence of nanotechnology- in order to understand the development of new technologies and to explore the tools and methods used to grasping their emergence. Dr. Selin has published in Science, Technology and Human ValuesFutures, and Time & Society.

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Selin C. E., Rawlings K. C.,Davies S., Sadowski J., Gano G., Guston D. "Experiments in Engagement: Designing PEST for Capacity-Building." Public Understanding of Science.

Altamirano-Allende, Carlo and Selin, Cynthia. 2015. "Seeing the City: Photography as a Place of Work." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences: 1-10.

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Altamirano-Allende, Carlo and Selin, Cynthia. 2015. "Seeing the city: photography as a place of work." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1-10.

Selin, Cynthia. 2014. "Merging Art and Design in Foresight: Making Sense of Emerge." Futures.

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Ramirez, R. and Selin, Cynthia. Forthcoming, "Plausibility and Probability in Scenario Planning." Foresight.