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Benedicte Callan

Benedicte Callan

Clinical Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 86287-5603


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Clinical Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Clinical Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


Benedicte Callan is a clinical professor in the School of Public Affairs at ASU. Callan's interests are broadly about the political and economic impact of new technologies in the life sciences and medicine; how these new technologies challenge existing institutional structures and business models; and what policies influence innovation or the uptake of new technologies. In particular she has worked on: intellectual property right policies for genetic inventions and pharmaceuticals; the search for new and more efficient research models in the life sciences, including big data, open source and open science models; privacy implications of the digitization of health information; the implications of the quantified self movement and other sources of health information for health research; and political movements that seek to influence the direction or rate of change enabled by new technologies.

Prior to ASU, she was with Princeton University's Molecular Biology Department (lecturer, 2013), Princeton University's Center for Information Technology and Policy (fellow, 2011-2012), and as a Sid Richardson fellow with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. She also worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, in various positions including head of the Biotechnology Unit from 1997-2009, and as a fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations, New York (1995-1997).


  • PhD, Political Science, University of California-Berkeley, 1995
  • BA, Biology and East Asian Studies, Yale University, 1990

Journal Articles


Callan, B. and I. Gillespie. 2007. The path to new medicines. Nature 449:164-165. DOI: 10.1038/449164a. (link )


Callan, B. and I. Gillespie. 2003. Biobanks: from health protection to data protection: thanks to advances using information technology, we now know far more about our bodies, how they function, and how they are built. But there are challenges, not least in safeguarding personal data. OECD Observer 240-241(Dec):.


Callan, B. 2001. Generating spin-offs: Evidence from across the OCED. Science Technology Industry 26:13-56. (link )