Welcome! The University of Michigan's Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program is a unique research, education, and policy engagement center concerned with cutting-edge questions that arise at the intersection of science, technology, policy, and society: should governments regulate potentially transformative emerging science and technology, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and autonomous vehicles, and if so, how? How should governments balance science and values as they make public policies? Can we do better science, and develop better technologies, to ensure social benefit? How can scientists and engineers better engage the public and policymakers?
Housed in the Ford School of Public Policy, STPP has vibrant graduate certificate and postdoctoral fellowship programs and a lecture series that brings to campus experts in science and technology policy from around the world. Our affiliated faculty do research and influence policy on a variety of topics, from national security to energy. And, STPP students and faculty occasionally work together on applied projects designed to influence emerging science and technology policy issues.
This website is designed to give you a sense of our programs and activities. If you have further questions, please contact us!