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Jennifer Richter

Jennifer Richter

Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

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
  • Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Assistant Professor, Consortium of Science, Policy and Outcomes


Jennifer Richter is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is also a senior sustainability scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainabilityv and Innovation.

Her research interests are at the intersections of science, environment, and society, and she teaches courses on environmental justice, science and society, and energy policy. She is especially interested in how federal policies are created and then taken up by local populations, specifically in the American West. Professor Richter focuses on energy justice, specifically in relation to the cultural, political, and environmental issues that come with larger energy transitions. Her research has focused on the environmental and social issues related to nuclear waste storage, and renewable energy production, and how policies are developed to address issues of production of resources, as well as contamination of land, water, and air. By examining how science and technology policies collide with local expectations and understandings of environment and politics, Professor Richter explores the different effects of energy technologies and policies, and their effects on society at different scales, from the local to the global.


  • PhD, American Studies, University of New Mexico, 2013
  • MA, American Studies, University of New Mexico, 2005
  • BA, English and American Studies, University of Maryland, 2001


Journal Articles


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 )


Richter, J., A. E. Hale and L. Archambault. 2018. Responsible innovation and education: integrating values and technology in the classroom. 6(1):98-103. DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2018.1510713. (link )


Hale, A. E., C. C. Shelton, J. Richter and L. Archambault. 2017. Integrating geoscience and sustainability: Examining socio-techno-ecological relationships within content designed to prepare teachers. Journal of Geoscience Education 65(2):101-112. DOI: 10.5408/16-177.1. (link )

Richter, J. 2017. Energopolitics and nuclear waste: Containing the threat of radioactivity. Energy Research & Social Science 30(Aug):61-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.019. (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 )


Miller, C. A., J. Richter and J. O'Leary. 2015. Socio-energy systems design: A policy framework for energy transitions. Energy Research & Social Science 6(March):29-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.11.004. (link )

Richter, J. 2015. Book Review: Nuklir Jawa (Nuclear Java) by Sulfikar Amir. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 9(2):229-231. DOI: 10.1215/18752160-2868696. (link )


Miller, C. A. and J. Richter. 2014. Social planning for energy transitions. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports 1(3):77-84. DOI: 10.1007/s40518-014-0010-9. (link )



Cockerill, K., M. Armstrong, J. Richter and J. G. Okie. 2017. Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3319528236.

Book Chapters


Lynch, C. R., E. E. Henry, L. V. Bardwell and J. A. Richter. 2012. Utilizing social media for democratic service-learning practive: A framework and guide for educators. Pp. 127-146 In: Seo, K. K., D. A. Pellegrino and C. Engelhard eds., Designing Problem-Driven Instruction with Online Social Media. Information Age Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 978-1617356452.



Warren, A., R. W. Foley, J. Richter, L. Archambault, O. Ahmad and J. Harlow. 2015. Crafting digital stories to strengthen and extend STS concepts and critical thinking skills beyond the field. Presentation at the 4S 2015, November 11-14, 2015, Denver, CO. (link )

Conference Papers


Richter, J. 2014. Small modular reactors: The future of nuclear energy?. Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering. 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering. Chicago, IL. (link )