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Erik Fisher

Erik Fisher

Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


Erik Fisher is an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Responsible Innovation published by Taylor & Francis and directs the international program on Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) as well as the Center for Responsible Innovation.

Professor Fisher's work has appeared in numerous journals including Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Science and Engineering Ethics and Nature.

Fisher has been a visiting professor at Delft Technical University (2019), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (2018), the Norwegian University of Technology in Norway (2018, 2016), and the University of Twente in the Netherlands (2015).


  • PhD, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2006
  • Graduate Certificate, Science and Technology Policy, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2005
  • MA, Classics: Green Philology, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1995
  • BA, Philosophy and Mathematics, St. John's College, 1992

Journal Articles


Fisher, E. 2019. Governing with ambivalence: The tentative origins of socio-technical integration. Research Policy 48(5):1138-1149. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2019.01.010. (link )

Levenda, A. M., J. Richter, T. R. Miller and E. Fisher. 2019. Regional sociotechnical imaginaries and the governance of energy innovations. Futures 109(May):181-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.03.001. (link )

Lukovics, M., B. Udvari, N. Nadas and E. Fisher. 2019. Raising awareness of researchers-in-the-making toward responsible research and innovation. Journal of the Knowledge Economy 10:1558-1577. DOI: 10.1007/s13132-019-00624-1. (link )

Radatz, A., M. Reinsborough, E. Fisher, E. Corley and D. Guston. 2019. An assessment of engaged social science research in nanoscale science and engineering communities. Science and Public Policy 46(6):853-865. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scz034. (link )

Thomas, J. E., D. A. Eisenberg, T. P. Seager and E. Fisher. 2019. A resilience engineering approach to integrating human and socio-technical system capacities and processes for national infrastructure resilience. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 16(2):20170019. DOI: 10.1515/jhsem-2017-0019.. (link )

Youtie, J., P. Shapira, M. Reinsborough and E. Fisher. 2019. Research network emergence: Societal issues in nanotechnology and the center for nanotechnology in society. Science and Public Policy 46(1):126-135. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scy043. (link )


Lukovics, M. and E. Fisher. 2017. Socio-technical integration research in an Eastern European setting: Distinct features, challenges and opportunities. Society and Economy 39(4):501-528. DOI: 10.1556/204.2017.004. (link )

Lukovics, M., S. M. Flipse, B. Udvari and E. Fisher. 2017. Responsible research and innovation in contrasting innovation environments: Socio-Technical Integration Research in Hungary and the Netherlands. Technology in Society 51(Nov):172-182. DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.09.003. (link )

Richter, J., A. S. Tidwell, E. Fisher and T. R. Miller. 2017. STIRring the grid: Engaging energy systems design and planning in the context of urban sociotechnical imaginaries. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 30(3):365-384. DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2016.1237281. (link )


Bowman, D. M., N. Woodbury and E. Fisher. 2016. Decoupling knowledge and expertise in personalized medicine: Who will fill the gap?. Expert Review of Precision Medicine and Drug Development 1(4):345-347. DOI: 10.1080/23808993.2016.1199949. (link )

Lukovics, M., E. Fisher and B. Udvari. 2016. A felelősségteljes innováció iránti fogékonyság fejlesztése a gyakorlatban. [Improvement of sensitivity towards responsible innovation in practice]. Marketing & Menedzsment 50(2):3-18.


Fisher, E., M. O'Rourke, R. Evans, E. B. Kennedy, M. E. Gorman and T. P. Seager. 2015. Mapping the integrative field: Taking stock of socio-technical collaborations. Journal of Responsible Innovation 2(1):39-61. DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2014.1001671. (link )


Fisher, E. and G. Maricle. 2014. Higher-level responsiveness? Socio-technical integration within US and UK nanotechnology research priority setting. Science and Public Policy 42(1):72-85. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scu017. (link )


Rodriguez, H., E. Fisher and D. Schuurbiers. 2013. Integrating science and society in European Framework Programmes: Trends in project-level solicitations. Research Policy 42(5):1126-1137. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.02.006. (link )


Fisher, E., M. Boenink, S. van der Berg and N. Woodbury. 2012. Responsible healthcare innovation: anticipatory governance of nanodiagnostics for theranostics medicine. Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics 12(8):857-870. DOI: 0.1586/erm.12.125. (link )

Jenkins, L. D., S. M. Maxwell and E. Fisher. 2012. Increasing conservation impact and policy relevance of research through embedded experiences. Conservation Biology 26(4):740-742. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01878.x. (link )


Fisher, E., C. P. Slade, D. M. Anderson and B. Bozeman. 2010. The public value of nanotechnology?. Scientometrics 85:29-39. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-010-0237-1. (link )


Fisher, E. and M. Lightner. 2009. Entering the social experiment: A case for the informed consent of graduate engineering students. Social Epistemology 23(3-4):283-300. DOI: 10.1080/02691720903364167. (link )


Fisher, E. 2007. Ethnographic invention: Probing the capacity of laboratory decisions. NanoEthics 1:155-165. DOI: 10.1007/s11569-007-0016-5. (link )


Fisher, E. and R. L. Mahajan. 2006. Cotradictory intent? US federal legislation on integrating societal concerns into nanotechnology research and development. Science and Public Policy 33(1):5-16. DOI: 10.3152/147154306781779181. (link )

Fisher, E., R. L. Mahajan and C. Mitcham. 2006. Midstream modulation of technology: Governance from within. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 25(6):485-496. DOI: 10.1177/0270467606295402. (link )


Fisher, E. 2005. Lessons learned from the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications program (ELSI): Planning societal implications research for the National Nanotechnology Program. Technology in Society 27(3):321-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2005.04.006. (link )


Frodeman, R., A. Briggle, E. Fisher and S. Ryen. 2004. Prolegomenon to a future humanities policy. Philosophy Today 48(Supp):30-37. DOI: 10.5840/philtoday200448Supplement4. (link )



Fisher, E., C. Selin and J. M. Wetmore eds. 2008. The Yearbook of NanoTechnology in Society: Volume I: Preventing Futures. Springer Science + Business Media B.V. . ISBN: 978-1402084157.

Book Chapters


Fisher, E. 2020. Governing technoscience in society: Tracing the dialectics of enthusiasm, ambivalence, and adjustment. Pp. 177-189 In: Maasen, S., S. Dickel and C. Schneider eds., TechnoScienceSociety: Technological Reconfigurations of Science and Society. Vol 30. Springer, Cham. ISBN: 978-3-030-43964-4.


Conley, S. N. and E. Fisher. 2019. Developing a theoretical scaffolding for interactional competence: A conceptual and empirical investigation into competence versus expertise. Pp. 235-253 In: Caudill, D. S., S. N. Conley, M. E. Gorman and M. Weinel eds., The Third Wave in Science and Technology Studies: Future Research Directions on Expertise and Experience. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. ISBN: 978-3-030-14334-3.

Fisher, E. 2019. Engaging the micro-foundations of responsible innovation: Integration of social sciences and humanities with research and innovation practices. Pp. 194-210 In: von Schomberg, R. and J. Hankins eds., International Handbook on Responsible Innovation: A Global Resources. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. Cheltenham, UK. ISBN: 978-1784718855.

Fisher, E., D. H. Guston and B. Trinidad. 2019. Making responsible innovators. Pp. 345-366 In: Wisnioski, M., E. S. Hintz and M. Stettler Kleine eds., Does America Need More Innovators?. MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262352598.

Wisnioski, M., H. Fasihuddin, L. Britos Cavagnaro, M. McManus, D. MacDonald, E. Arkilic, M. Feldman, J. Gustetic, B. Godin, E. S. Hintz, S. Pfotenhauer, L. D. Cook, A. Russell, L. Vinsel, N. Rusk, W. B. Carlson, L. Sanders, C. Ashcraft, E. Fisher, D. H. Guston, B. Trinidad and M. Stettler Kleine. 2019. 8 Critics: Introduction. Pp. 133-140 In: Wisnioski, M., E. S. Hintz and M. Stettler Kleine eds., Does America Need More Innovators?. The MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262536738.


Fisher, E. and D. Beltran-del-Rio. 2017. Sidebar: Mathematics and root interdisciplinarity: Historical perspectives. Pp. 114-117 In: Frodeman, R., J. Thompson Klein and R. C. Pacheco eds., The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, Second Edition. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-0198733522.


Fisher, E., K. Konrad, M. Boenink, V. Schulze Grieving and B. Walhout. 2016. Building an agenda for socio-technical integration approaches. In: Bowman, D. M., A. Dijkstra, C. Fautz, J. S. Guivant, K. Konrad, H. Van Lente and S. Woll eds., Responsibility and Emerging Technologies: Experiences, Education and Beyond. IOS Press. ISBN: 978-1614996972.


Ellwood, P., K. Pandza and E. Fisher. 2013. Organizational capability life cycles for responsible innovation. Pp. 117-138 In: Savage, N., M. E. Gorman and A. Street eds., Emerging Technologies: Socio-behavioral Life Cycle Approaches. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. ISBN: 978-9814411004.

Fisher, E. and A. Rip. 2013. Responsible innovation: Multi-level dynamics and soft intervention practices. Pp. 165-184 In: Owen, R., J. R. Bessant and M. Heintz eds., Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-96636-4.

Fisher, E. and D. Schuurbiers. 2013. Socio-technical integration research: Collaborative inquiry at the midstream of research and development. Pp. 97-110 In: Doorn, N., D. Schuurbiers, I. van de Poel and M. E. Gorman eds., Early Engagement and New Technologies: Opening Up the Laboratory. Springer Science+Business Media. Dordrecht. ISBN: 978-9400778436.

Owen, R., J. Stilgoe, P. Macnaghten, M. Gorman, E. Fisher and D. H. Guston. 2013. A framework for responsible innovation. Pp. 27-50 In: Owen, R., J. R. Bessant and M. Heintz eds., Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-96636-4.


Rodriguez, H., H. Mingyun and E. Fisher. 2012. Socio-technical integration: Research policies in the United States, European Union, and China. Pp. 291-304 In: Christensen, S. H., C. Mitcham, B. Li and Y. An eds., Engineering, Development and Philosophy: American, Chinese and European Perspectives. Springer Science+Business. ISBN: 978-9400752818.


Phelps, R. and E. Fisher. 2011. Legislating the laboratory? Promotion and precaution in a US nanomaterials company. In: Hurst, S. J. ed., Biomedical Nanotechnology: Methods and Protocols, 1st Ed.. Humana Press. ISBN: 978-1493958207.


Fisher, E. and D. Beltran-del-Rio. 2010. Mathematics and root interdisciplinarity. Pp. 88-90 In: Frodeman, R., J. T. Klein and C. Mitcham eds., The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, 1st Ed. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-0199236916.

Fisher, E. and R. L. Mahajan. 2010. Embedding the humanities in engineering, art, dialogue, and a laboratory. Pp. 209-230 In: Gorman, M. E. ed., Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise: Creating New Kinds of Collaboration. MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262014724.


Fisher, E. 2009. Legislative and regulatory framework. Nanotechnology & FDA-Regulated Products: The Essential Guide. Food and Drug Law Library. Washington, DC.

Fisher, E. and C. A. Miller. 2009. Contextualing the engineering laboratory. Pp. 369-382 In: Christensen, S. H., M. Meganck and B. Delahousse eds., Engineering in Context. Academica. Aarhus.


Barben, D., E. Fisher, C. Selin and D. H. Guston. 2008. Anticipatory governance of nanotechnology: Foresight, engagement, and integration. Pp. 979-1000 In: Hackett, E. J., O. Amsterdamska, M. Lynch and J. Wajcman eds., The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 3rd Ed.. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA. ISBN: 978-0262083645.


Fisher, E. 2007. The convergence of nanotechnology, policy, and ethics. Pp. 274-296 In: Zelkowitz, M. V. ed., Advances in Computers: Nanotechnology. Vol 71. Academic Press. ISBN: 978-0123737465.