The Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) is dedicated to centering equity and justice in the development and implementation of technology, science, and related public policies. Communities are increasingly concerned they do not benefit from research and development, and that the risks of emerging technologies may outweigh the benefits. STPP aims to educate and advise scientists, engineers, and policymakers on how we can innovate explicitly for the people. We train students at every level at the University of Michigan. Our faculty, staff, and students conduct applied research in a broad array of areas ranging from energy to national security. Our recent work focuses on the responsible development and regulation of biometric technologies in schools, ensuring equitable access to essential medical technologies, and community-driven innovation. We know we cannot innovate for the people without engagement with the people. Thus, we partner with civil society groups and communities —particularly traditionally marginalized communities—to understand public values, priorities, and knowledge. We use these insights to inform our engagement in public and policy discussion related to science and technology.
Launched in Fall 2006, STPP includes:
- A Graduate Certificate Program. Graduate students from across the University analyze the role of science and technology in the policymaking process, gain experience writing for policymakers, and explore the political and policy landscape of areas such as biotechnology, information technology, energy, and others.
- The Technology Assessment Project, an applied research initiative designed to anticipate the equity, social, ethical, and economic dimensions of emerging technologies and offer recommendations for their development, implementation, and governance.
- A Lecture Series, which brings scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds to campus to discuss major issues in science and technology policy, providing a forum for the STPP community to network with people from departments across campus and beyond.
- Postdoctoral fellowships, which provide more advanced trainees with the opportunity to learn from and participate in STPP's various activities.
- The Received Wisdom podcast, which introduces its audience to cutting edge thinkers and doers at the intersection of science, technology, policy, and society.