Michael J. Bernstein

Title: Scientist (10% position)
E-mail: michael.bernstein@genok.no

Michael studies ways that science and engineering education, research practice, and policy may be shaped to reflect long-term societal interests. Examples of Michael’s work include supporting the Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science & Technology (ECAST) network’s efforts to use “citizen participation, collaboration and expert analysis to inform and improve decision-making” on siting nuclear waste; evaluating Science Outside the Lab, a policy immersion program to help PhD scientists and engineers learn about the relationships between science and government in the U.S.; and analyzing efforts by the U.S. Global Change Research Program to organize for usable science. Michael served as a research associate with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. Throughout his career, he has worked to bridge scientific research and policy practice, supporting projects on climate preparedness, resilience, and adaptation led by the U.S. White House Council on Environmental Quality and by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Michael earned his Ph.D. in sustainability, holds a B.A. from Amherst College, where he majored in geology.


Current Project

NewHoRRIzon: Excellence in science and innovation for Europe by adopting the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation


Selected, Peer-reviewed Publications

Bernstein, M.J., Reifschneider, K., Bennett, I. and Wetmore, J.M. (2016). “Science Outside the Lab: Helping Graduate Students in Science and Engineering Understand the Complexities of Science Policy“, Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI 10.1007/s11948-016-9818-6.

Harsh, M., Bernstein, M.J., Wetmore, J., Cozzens, S., Woodson, T. and Castillo, R. (2016). “Preparing Engineers for the Challenges of Community Engagement“, European Journal of Engineering Education. DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2016.1270902

Foley, R.W., Bernstein, M.J., and Wiek, A. (2016). “Towards an alignment of activities, aspirations and stakeholders for responsible innovation“, Journal of Responsible Innovation. DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2016.1257380.

Harlow, J., Bernstein, M.J., Girod B and Wiek A, (2016). “Consumption and Sustainability“, in The Sustainability Science Handbook. pp. 293-301

Bernstein, M.J., Wiek, A., Brundiers, K., Pearson, K., Minowitz, A., Kay, B. and Golub, A. (2016). “Mitigating Urban Sprawl Effects – A Collaborative Tree and Shade Intervention in Phoenix, Arizona, USA“, Local Environment. 21:4, 414-431. DOI:10.1080/13549839.2014.965672

Wiek, A., Foley, R.W., Guston, D.H. and Bernstein, M.J. (2016). “Broken Promises and Breaking Ground for Responsible Innovation – Intervention Research to Transform Business-as-Usual in Nanotechnology Innovation“, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. 28:6, 639-650. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2015.1129399

Wiek, A., Bernstein, M.J., Foley, R.W., Cohen, M., Forrest, N., Kuzdas, C., Kay, B. and Withycombe Keeler, L. (2016). “Operationalising Competencies in Higher Education for Sustainable Development“, in Barth M, Michelsen G, Rieckmann M, Thomas I (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development, pp. 241-260. Routledge: London and New York. Print ISBN: 9780415727303

Bernstein, M.J., Foley, R.W. and Bennett, I. (2014). “An operationalized post-normal science framework for assisting in the development of complex science policy solutions: The case of nanotechnology governance“, Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 16:2492. DOI: 10.1007/s11051-014-2492-1

Wiek, A., Bernstein, M., Laubichler, M., Caniglia, G., Minteer, B. and Lang D.J. (2013). “A Global Classroom for International Sustainability Education“, Creative Education. 4, 19-28. DOI:10.4236/ce.2013.44A004