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John Harlow

John Harlow

Postdoctoral Scholar, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance, Center for Policy Informatics

Center for Policy Informatics
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N Central Ave, Ste 400
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0687


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance, Center for Policy Informatics


John Harlow is a postdoctoral scholar in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance at Arizona State University's Center for Policy Informatics. His recent work includes the design of the prioritization workshop that produced the first draft of Phoenix's 2050 transportation plan. He was previously a researcher for Reinvent Phoenix, organizing public outreach to inform rezoning around Phoenix's light rail. His other work includes co-development and instruction of the Sustainability Science for Teachers hybrid course in the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and serving as Conference Director for the 2012 International Conference on Sustainability Science.


  • PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2015
  • MA, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2010
  • BA, Religious Studies (Environmental Studies minor), Stonehill College, 2008


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Journal Articles


Wellman, N., J. M. Applegate, J. Harlow and E. W. Johnston. 2020. Beyond the pyramid: Alternative formal hierarchical structures and team performance. Academy of Management Journal 63(4):997-1027. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2017.1475. (link )


Harlow, J., E. Johnston and E. Hekler. 2018. Fostering sustainability transitions by designing for the convergence of policy windows and transition arenas. Sustainability 10(9):2975. DOI: 10.3390/su10092975 . (link )


Nebeker, C., J. Harlow, R. Espinoza Giacinto, R. Orozco-Linares, C. S. Bloss and N. Weibel. 2017. Ethical and regulatory challenges of research using pervasive sensing and other emerging technologies: IRB perspectives. AJOB Empirical Bioethics 8(4):266-276. DOI: 10.1080/23294515.2017.1403980. (link )


Cohen, M., A. Wiek, B. Kay and J. Harlow. 2015. Aligning public participation to stakeholders' sustainability literacy -- a case study on sustainable urban development in Phoenix, Arizona. Sustainability 7(7):8709-8728. DOI: 10.3390/su7078709. (link )

Wiek, A., J. Harlow, R. Melnick, S. van der Leeuw, K. Fukushi, K. Takeuchi, F. Farioli, F. Yamba, A. Blake, C. Geiger and R. Kutter. 2015. Sustainability science in action: A review of the state of the field through case studies on disaster recovery, bioenergy, and precautionary purchasing. Sustainability Science 10(1):17-31. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-014-0261-9. (link )


Golub, A., M. Mahoney and J. Harlow. 2013. Sustainability and intergenerational equity: Do past injustices matter?. Sustainability Science 8(2):269-277. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-013-0201-0 . (link )

Harlow, J., A. Golub and B. R. Allenby. 2013. A review of utopian themes in sustainable development discourse. Sustainable Development 21(4):270-280. DOI: 10.1002/sd.522. (link )


van der Leeuw, S. E., A. Wiek, J. Harlow and J. L. Buizer. 2012. How much time do we have? Urgency and rhetoric in sustainability science. Sustainability Science 7(Supplement 1):115-120. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-011-0153-1. (link )

Book Chapters


Harlow, J., M. J. Bernstein, B. Girod and A. Wiek. 2016. Consumption and sustainability. Pp. 293-301 In: Heinrichs, H., P. Martens, G. Michelsen and A. Wiek eds., Sustainability Science: An Introduction. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-7242-6_24. ISBN: 978-94-017-7241-9. (link )



Hondula, D. M., M. Chavez, J. Harlow, A. Middel, E. W. Johnston and J. K. Vanos. 2017. Thermal comfort and shade provision at City of Phoenix bus stops. Presentation at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 5-9, 2017, Boston, MA.


Foley, R. W., M. J. Bernstein, L. Withycombe Keeler and J. Harlow. 2016. Urban planning and techno-science: Exploring knowledge asymmetries and future imaginaries––The case of self-driving cars.. Presentation at the 4S/EASST Conference BCN-2016, Aug 31-Sep 3, 2016, Barcelona, Spain. (link )

Nebeker, C. and J. Harlow. 2016. Connected & open research ethics. Presentation at the Fourth Annual Conference on Governanc e of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy & Ethics, May 24-26, 2016, Tempe, AZ. (link )


Harlow, J. and L. Withycombe Keeler. 2015. Anticipatory governance of autnomous vehicles. Presentation at the S.NetConference2015: From Nanotechnologies to Emerging Technologies: Towards a Global Responsibility, October 18-21, 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (link )

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 )


Chen, R., J. Harlow, B. Kay, R. Moudry and T. Schwarz. 2010. Tools for temporary interventions. Presentation at the 2010 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, 13 October 2010, Cleveland, OH. (link )


Johnson, E., J. Harlow, B. Kay, C. Tetreault, R. Hendrix, L. Pelligrino and B. Richards. 2009. Sustainability in action: Movement methods. Presentation at the Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities, 14-16 May 2009, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

Conference Papers


Klasnja, P., E. B. Hekler, E. V. Korinek, J. Harlow and S. R. Mishra. 2017. Toward usable evidence: Optimizing knowledge accumulation in HCI research on health behavior change. Pp. 3071-3082 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2017. New York, NY. (link )

Arizona Transit Association Outstanding Transit Innovation Award for T2050, 2016

Arizona State University’s President’s Award for Sustainability for the Sustainability Science Education Project, 2015

Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society