Science & technology for the public good

Addressing urgent questions at the intersection of science, technology, policy, and society.

Our Mission

Communities are increasingly concerned they do not benefit from research and development and that the risks of emerging technologies may outweigh their benefits. We bring a rigorous interdisciplinary lens to understanding these concerns, translating them to policymakers, engineers, scientists, and civil society to produce more equitable and just science, technology, and related policies.

Graduate certificate Research initiatives 

Education & training

Working with students at every level in any field
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From energy to national security
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Policy engagement

Community partnerships initiative and practical learning experiences
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Featured Event

Are Smart Cities Smart Enough?

On October 30, 2023, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program (with support from the U-M Urban Technology program at Taubman College) held a policy talk conversation between former New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio and STPP Director Professor Shobita Parthasarathy. The discussion explored how urban tech is shaping social policy in “smart cities” like New York and beyond.
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