Center for Smart Cities and Regions



CSCR Directors

Di Bowman


Associate Professor Diana Bowman Dr. Bowman is an Associate Professor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where she serves as Associate Dean for International Engagement and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, where she serves as Associate Director for Students, at Arizona State University. Her research analyzes and informs the development of smarter governance and regulation of innovation in order to simultaneously enhance creativity, improve public health, and stimulate deliberation of the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions of emerging technologies. 



Thad Miller


Assistant Professor Thaddeus Miller, PhD Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. He collaborates with interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to enable cities to leverage science and technology to meet policy goals and community needs. He is on the Executive Management Team for the National Science Foundation funded Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, and co-PI of the NSF-funded STIR Cities project. His recent book, Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and Action for a Sustainable Future, part of the Earthscan Routledge Science in Society Series, examines how scientists can navigate epistemic and normative tensions to link knowledge to social action. 



Erik Johnson


Associate Professor Erik Johnston, PhD. Dr. Johnston is an Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Director of Policy Informatics at the Decision Theater at Arizona State University. Johnston’s research focuses on open governance and policy informatics, the study of how computational and communication technology is leveraged to specifically understand and and realize innovations in communities, governance processes, and information interventions. At its simplest, his work tries to reduce the gaps between knowledge creation and use. Johnston earned a Ph.D. in Information and Complex System Certificate from the University of Michigan where he was a two-time NSF IGERT fellow. He holds an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Information Technology as well as a B.S. in Psychology and Computer Science from the University of Denver. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Helios Foundation, Arizona Board of Regents, American Academy of Diplomacy, US Army, and Virginia G. Piper Trust.

Center members and affiliates

Katherine Ball Katherine Ball Katherine is pursuing a Master’s in Science and Technology Policy at Arizona State University (ASU), and works on publicly engaged environmental policy and non-traditional forms of participation. She comes from a background in physical oceanography and designing environmental sensors for public use. Her current work focuses on communicating complex land management policy and helping communities understand complex regulatory systems. 



Christal BeauclaireChristal Beauclaire Christal is in the Master of Science and Technology Policy Program at ASU and has a baccalaureate in English Literature. Her research interests are sustainability, environmental policy, equity, community engagement, and conservation. When not working on her master’s degree, she is involved in organizing conventions and volunteering for charities.  





Jan CorderoJan Cordero Jan is a first year PhD student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is currently a graduate fellow in the Urban Resilience to Extremes (UREx) working with the Governance and Scenario Planning team. Jan is interested in designing community-based information systems to empower communities to pursue decentralized governance strategy and planning, to improved community resilience. Previously, Jan worked as a research assistant in the National institute of Energy and Island Sustainability in Puerto Rico where he assisted in improving the performance of community aqueducts with the use of renewable energy. He also worked as research assistant in Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP-Puerto Rico) realizing a stakeholder analysis on energy governance in sustainable transitions to renewable energy. He obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. 


Adam GabrieleAdam Gabriele Adam Gabriele is a PhD student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a Master's degree from the School of Sustainability. His varied academic interests include the anthropology of science and technology, trauma psychology, utopian theory, principles of design, and organizational culture. Beyond the academy, his passions are horses, travel, hammocks, and healthy living.



Emma GilesEmma Giles Emma is an undergraduate student studying Management and Spanish Language and Culture within the W. P. Carey School of Business. In the Center for Smart Cities and Regions, Emma is a "Citizen Science Aid" on a SciStarter project led by Darlene Cavalier to assist in developing a database of low-cost air quality sensors through a partnership with a community in Phoenix. She serves as the communication lead and documents findings to prepare future citizen science projects that concern air quality. Outside of the Center, Emma is a Spirit of Service Scholar from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Through this entity, she works with a cohort of student leaders to educate the ASU community on social issues that impact our communities. Lastly, as a graduating senior, I am completing a Barrett Honors thesis on self-care and mental health by working with a school to develop a custom integration plan for staff and students.



Jessica Givens

Jessica Givens Jessica’s research interests surround applied conservation science, policy informatics, and higher education organization. After graduating with her Biological Sciences degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology in Spring 2017, Jessica joined the Masters of Science and Technology Policy program in SFIS to pursue the big question: What does the environmental movement look like at universities in the U.S. and are their undergraduates getting the resources they need to be effective agents of change? Jessica is interested in the lessons we can learn at the intersection of big data and detailed qualitative analysis from student accounts. When she’s not working towards improving the trajectory of the environmental movement, Jessica can be found playing basketball, eating Mediterranean food, or looking at pictures of corgis.



Melissa Guardaro Melissa Guardaro Melissa Guardaro is a research fellow with Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN) and a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University in the School of Sustainability. Her research focuses on urban policy and governance for the mitigation and adaptation to extreme heat and the urban heat island effects. Her dissertation research focuses on adaptive capacity, and specifically social capital, as it relates to coping with urban heat. She is currently working as the liaison between the City of Phoenix and Arizona State University researchers to help formulate a comprehensive heat reduction strategy, and with The Nature Conservancy, the Maricopa County Health Department, and other community partners to create neighborhood heat solutions that improve thermal comfort and public health outcomes, especially during extreme heat events. Melissa most recently was the United Nations Representative for the American Association of University Women, where she advocated for gender justice in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She completed a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard and an MBA from Columbia University.


McAslan, DevonDevon McAslan Devon McAslan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Center for Smart Cities and Regions. He researches issues related to sustainable transportation, land use, and urban design. His current research on autonomous vehicles and other emerging transportation technologies explores the policy issues surrounding them and how cities can leverage these technologies for more sustainable and equitable futures. Other ongoing research includes how to create walkable communities, how to develop more effective public transportation systems, and the role that street design plays in travel mode choice. He also explores the rise of car-free urbanism in cities around the world as a pathway to a sustainable future. Devon has a PhD in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan and a professional degree in urban and environmental planning from Arizona State University. 



David MorrisonDavid Morrison David Morrison is a PhD student at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society whose work broadly concerns public engagement in urban sustainability transitions, especially through participatory governance and ICTs. He is a research fellow with the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) where he works on scenarios workshops to imagine and plan for urban futures in light of the threats of climate change. In his doctoral studies, David investigates: (i) how digital platforms can be designed to capture the public's spare time, effort, ideas, resources, and enthusiasm, and channel those into sustained, meaningful, collective activities that support urban sustainability transitions; and (ii) how such ICT infrastructure can be responsibly innovated and governed to produce actions and outcomes recognized by communities as just and legitimate, especially in the face of challenges such as the inequity and the digital divide. He is a member of the Center for Smart Cities and Regions as well as the Sustainable Urban Futures (SUrF) Lab.


Tournas, LucilleLucille Tournas Lucille M. Tournas is a research fellow in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, as well as research fellow in the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at Arizona State University's College of Law. Tournas earned her JD (2018) from Arizona State, and her BA (Philosophy)(2004) from Pepperdine University. Tournas' current research interests include the regulation of emerging technologies, specifically the role of artificial intelligence and big data in healthcare, with a focus on Brain Machine Interface devices.



Samantha WhitmanSamantha Whitman Sam has earned degrees in Health Science (Health Policy) B.S. and Science of Health Care Delivery M.S., and currently an HSD PhD student at SFIS. She has held a position within the lab as an RA since 2015. Sam has been on projects from surveying citizen who utilize Phoenix's transportation system during the hot seasons; help translating a health social networking website to aid patients with severe health conditions; and work with communities in Eastern Arizona identifying needs for local food producers and consumers. Sam is currently working with her ASU and Mayo Clinic (MN) team who are looking at the burdens that dialysis poses on individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease. Sam wishes to further immerse herself in interdisciplinary work to improve individual's' quality of life and health through better design and implementation of current (and future) technologies and resources to provide communities in need.



Associate Professor Cynthia Selin, PhD
Assistant Research Professor Heather Ross, PhD
Professor of Practice Luke Tate
Clinical Associate Professor, Mahmud Farooque
Assistant Research Professor Lauren Keeler, PhD
Assistant Research Professor Margaret Hinrichs, PhD
Assistant Professor David Hondula, PhD
Assistant Professor Kathleen Pine, PhD
Assistant Professor Mai Trinh, PhD
Assistant Research Professor Kathryn Noonan, PhD
Research Scientist Shade Shutters, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar John Harlow, PhD