Science and Society

ASU’s research centers and initiatives provide Arizona and the world a vital resource for cutting-edge technology, an engine for redefining research and discovery and an avenue for contributing scientific and policy expertise to the areas of greatest human need. Award-winning faculty, graduate students, practioners, degree programs and institutes offer particular insight into the history, social impact and ethical challenges of advancements of technological and scientific discovery and the informed development of law and policy.

Our programs, centers and institutes strive to create new knowledge and methods, cultivate public discourse, and foster policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future.

The ASU-SFI center partners researchers from ASU, a leader in sustainability research, and the Santa Fe Institute, a pioneer in the scientific study of complex adaptive systems.
The Center for Biology and Society promotes research and education related to study of the life sciences and their interconnections with society.
The Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society seeks to change the way that we think, learn and talk about science and technology.
Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology explores, identifies and creates innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The expert team with the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science leads spatially-explicit scientific and technological research focused on mitigating and adapting to global environmental change.
The Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation builds research and teaching with an emphasis on transforming society, fusing intellectual disciplines and engaging globally.
Center for Law, Science and Innovation is the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law with science and technology.
ASU is building new capability, in the United States and globally, for understanding and governing the transforming power of nanotechnology.
The Center for Science and the Imagination was established to to ignite innovation and discovery through collaborations between creative thinkers, artists, scientists and engineers.
Future discoveries in complexity science require transdisciplinary teams with the intellectual breadth to determine the algorithms of social dynamics across diverse contexts.
The College of Global Futures brings together leaders, including 500+ sustainability scientists, to develop real-world solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges.
The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts offers 21st century degree programs to students at ASU’s Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, and Lake Havasu campuses
The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society’s pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life.
ASU is recognized as an academic leader in cybersecurity by industry and government organizations.
The ecoSERVICES Group at ASU studies the environment and biodiversity change in terms of its impacts on the things that people care about.
The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory™ will design implementable options to sustain global habitability and improve well-being for all humankind.
InnovationSpace teaches students how to develop products that create market value while serving societal needs.
The Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute for Public Policy promotes research, analysis, collaboration and dialogue to ensure sound water stewardship.
The Lincoln Center supports innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research on contemporary issues that affect humanity at large and whose solutions transcend both disciplinary and domestic boundaries.
The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences combines a small-college experience on ASU's West campus with the benefits of a top-tier research endeavor.
Public Interest Technology programs at Arizona State University unite diverse perspectives and disciplines to train tomorrow’s leaders to make a positive difference in their communities.
At the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, we make the future — or, rather, the set of plausible futures that humanity has — a focus of our activities. We are planning now for the kinds of futures that we will want to inhabit.
School of Complex Adaptive Systems offers transdisciplinary ideas for a complex world.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic research unit at ASU.
Humanity’s future in space is inevitable. To get there, we must create thought leaders for the future of humans in space.