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Deborah Strumsky

Deborah Strumsky

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures
  • Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


Deborah Strumsky is an assistant professor at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona. Her research has focused on the study of innovation, invention and technological change, and their relationship to economic growth. More recent work has explored technological change in in renewable energy systems. She has a several longstanding collaborations with researchers at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, NM and a background in complex adaptive systems.

She received her BS in economic from the University of Southern Maine and her Masters and PhD in Regional Science from Cornell University. She worked as an Energy Market Analyst at Energy Security Analysis in Boston, Massachusetts before accepting as a position as a Statistical Analyst at the Harvard Business School. Deborah taught at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte before accepting a position at ASU in January, 2015.

Deborah was a co-author in Informs 2014 paper of the year “Mobility, skills, and the Michigan Non-compete Experiment” published in Management Science, and co-authored the “Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas” with the Brookings Institute. In 2013, she was awarded a $999,000 Department of Energy research grant, “Forecasting and influencing technological progress in solar energy.” 

She currently has appointments in the ASU-SFI Center for the Study of Biosocial Complex Systems, the School for the Future of Innovation and Society and beginning in the summer of 2017 she will also have an appoinment with the School for Sustainability. In addition to ASU, she is also an External Faculty Fellow at the Jönköping International Business School in Jönköping, Sweden.


Journal Articles


Strumsky, D., J. Lobo and S. van der Leeuw. 2012. Using patent technology codes to study technological change. Economics of Innovation and New Technology 21(3):267-286. DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2011.578709. (link )



Lobo, J., M. Alberti, M. Allen-Dumas, E. Arcaute, M. Barthelemy, L. A. Bojorquez-Tapia, S. Brail, L. M. Bettencourt, A. Beukes, W. Chen, R. Florida, M. Gonzalez, N. Grimm, M. Hamilton, C. Kempes, C. E. Kontokosta, C. Mellander, Z. Neal, S. Ortman, D. Pfeiffer, M. Price, A. Revi, C. Rozenblat, D. Rybski, M. Siemiatycki, S. T. Shutters, M. E. Smith, E. Stokes, D. Strumsky, G. B. West, D. White, J. Wu, V. C. Yang, A. York and H. Youn. 2020. Urban science: Integrated theory from the first cities to sustainable metropolises. Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Report submitted to the NSF on the Present State and Future of Urban Science Research Paper Series. (link )


Lobo, J., M. Allen-Dumas, L. M. Bettencourt, A. Beukes, Z. Neal, D. Pfeiffer, M. E. Smith, E. Stokes, D. Strumsky and J. Wu. 2019. Graduate Education for a New Sustainable Urban Systems Science: Designing a New PhD Curriculum Integrating Sustainability Science and Urban Science. School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Conference Report (link )