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Mahmud Farooque

Mahmud Farooque

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


Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
Arizona State University
1800 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Associate Director, Center for Science, Policy & Outcomes, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Mahmud’s work at ASU’s Washington Center focuses on linking science policy to better societal outcomes. His teaching, research and engagement are oriented towards making science more useful and democratic.

He co-leads ASU Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcome’s long-term efforts to build a community of practice among innovative R&D program managers in the government, non-government and private sectors. These include convening informal and formal knowledge exchanges between program managers about the challenges and opportunities for innovating in path dependent institutions.

Mahmud is the principal coordinator of Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) – a distributive institutional network that brings together research centers, informal science education centers, citizen science programs and non-partisan policy think tanks to engage citizens on decision-making related to science and technology policy. He led large-scale public participation projects on biodiversity, space, climate, and energy to support policy and decision-making at the national and global levels. His current public engagement projects involve Climate Change Resilience, Gene Drives, Driverless Cars, Geoengineering and Gene Editing.

Mahmud is editorial board member of TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice (peer reviewed and open access) and advisory board member of ISE — Institute for a Sustainable Earth at George Mason University.

Mahmud was the Deputy Director of Policy Programs at the New York Academy of Science, Director of Collaborative Research at City University of New York, Associate Director for Research Development at Northwestern University, and Managing Director of USDOT Research Center at Purdue University.


  • PhD, Science, Technology and Public Policy, George Mason University, 2004
  • MPA, Technology and Information Policy, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 1996

Journal Articles


Bednarek, A. T., C. Wyborn, C. Cvitanovic, R. Meyer, R. M. Colvin, P. F. Addison, S. L. Close, K. Curran, M. Farooque, E. Goldman, D. Hart, H. Mannix, B. McGreavy, A. S. Parris, S. Posner, C. Robinson, M. Ryan and P. Leith. 2018. Boundary spanning at the science-policy interface: The practitioners' perspectives. Sustainability Science 13:1175-1183. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-018-0550-9. (link )


Tomblin, D., Z. Pirtle, M. Farooque, D. Sittenfeld, E. Mahoney, R. Worthington, G. Gano, M. Gates, I. Bennett, J. Kessler, A. Kaminski, J. G. Lloyd and D. H. Guston. 2017. Integrating public deliberation into engineering systems: Participatory technology assessment of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission. The International Journal of Space Poiitics & Policy 15(2):141-166. DOI: 10.1080/14777622.2017.1340823. (link )


Coates, V., M. Farooque, R. Klavans, K. Lapid, H. A. Linstone, C. Pistorius and A. Porter. 2001. On the future of technological forecasting. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 67(1):1-17. DOI: 10.1016/S0040-1625(00)00122-0. (link )


Quddus, M. and M. Farooque. 2000. Trust: The social virtues and the creation of prosperity -- a review article. Eastern Economic Journal 26(1):87-98. (link )

Book Chapters


Hoffman, C., C. B. Cooper, E. B. Kennedy, M. Farooque and D. F. Cavalier. 2017. SciStarter 2.0: A digital platform to foster and study sustained engagement in citizen science. Pp. 50-61 In: Ceccaroni, L. and J. Piera eds., Analyzing the Role of Citizen Science in Modern Research. IGI Global. Hershey, PA.



Farooque, M., K. Barnhill-Dilling, J. Shapiro and J. Delborne. 2019. Exploring Stakeholder Perspectives on the Development of a Gene Drive Mouse for Biodiversity Protection on Islands: Workshop Report. North Carolina State University. DARPA Safe Genes Program (link )


Tomblin, D., R. Worthington, G. Gano, M. Farooque, D. Sittenfeld and J. G. Lloyd. 2015. Informing NASA's Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen's Forum. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology. (link )


Worthington, R., D. Cavalier, M. Farooque, G. Gano, H. Geddes, S. Sander, D. Sittenfeld and D. Tomblin. 2012. Technology Assessment and Public Participation: From TA to pTA. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) (link )