PhD Field in Science and Technology Policy

Field Advisors: Professor Allison Macfarlane ([email protected]); Professor Scott Pace ([email protected]); Professor Nicholas Vonortas ([email protected])

The Science and Technology Policy field focuses on the interactions among scientific development, technological change and governmental and private-sector activities at the domestic and international levels. The program trains students to understand and manage issues at the intersection of science, technology, industrial strategy and structure and government policy. A comparative approach to science and technology policy is emphasized, founded on the twin poles of in-depth understanding of domestic policies and continuous coverage of policy developments around the world. Students in the Science and Technology Policy program have frequent opportunities for involvement in the activities of the Elliott School's Center for International Science and Technology Policy and Space Policy Institute.

General Examination Core

IAFF 6141  International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6159  Science and Technology Policy Capstone

Field Electives

ECON 6255  Economics of Technological Change
IAFF 6142  Technology Creation and Diffusion
IAFF 6145  U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6151  Environmental Policy
IAFF 6153  Science/Technology & National Security
IAFF 6158  Issues in Space Policy
IAFF 6158  Space Law
IAFF 6158  International Issues in Energy

Students may also propose other courses of relevance to their designated specialization. Such courses may be offered by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (Economics, Political Science), the School of Business and Public Management (Strategic Management and Public Policy, International Business), the School of Engineering (Engineering Management), the Milken Institute School of Public Health (International Health Policy) and others. Proposed courses will be evaluated by the Program Director.