International Science & Technology Policy

Photo: Allison Macfarlane
Allison Macfarlane, Program Director
At the Forefront of International Science and Technology Policy Education

Scientific and technological advances provide the basis of international competitiveness and account for the bulk of national growth and the improvement of the quality of life around the world. The ability to create, adapt, and adopt new technologies defines modern societies. In today's global environment, the need for innovation is essential for solving societal problems and staying ahead of competition. Developments in information technology, space exploration, genetic modification and advances in material science are governed and shaped by institutions that set science and technology policy.

NEW Fall 2016 courses

Course: RnwEnergy in DecarbonizingWrld (Renewable Energy in a Decarbonizing World)

Professor: Nina Kelsey

Description: This course investigates the politics and policy of renewable energy in the context of global climate change. Development of renewable energy is a critical tool in the effort to reduce carbon in the global economy. In this course, students will examine theory and practice of renewable energy policy and policymaking both in the context of international policymaking and comparatively at the national level for key states and regions like the US, China, and the EU. Students will also look at the broader context and implications for renewable energy policy in areas such as global energy systems, international trade, intellectual property, and development and distributional impacts.

Course: Applied Qualitative Methods

Professor: Hugh Gusterson

Description: This class introduces students to the main methods of qualitative research: interviewing, taking oral histories, running focus groups, doing surveys, and participant observation. Students will also discuss the ethics of qualitative research, looking at some studies that have been criticized as unethical (the infamous Stanford prison experiment, an undercover study of gay sexual practices, and a deceptive study of undergraduate dorm culture, for example). Students will spend part of the semester conducting their own research projects, which they will present to the class. Students will learn about qualitative research through "how-to" readings, reflective articles by practitioners, guest presentations, and through practicing the techniques we read about.

In the News

Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear Power Plants Prepare for Old Age

August 30, 2016

Materials research is at the heart of efforts to keep the world’s reactors running well past 2050.




Nuclear Reactor article

Nuclear’s Glacial Pace

August 23, 2016

Allison Macfarlane discusses the time consuming hurdles associated with implementing new nuclear reactor designs. 




David Alain Grier

GW Professor and Former Student Talk Technology in Popular Podcast

July 19, 2016

Dr. David Alan Grier,associate professor at CISTP, along with former student Tamara Carleton discusses how technology can transform the way we do business.