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Leadership

The College of Global Futures is led by internationally renowned authorities with distinctive insights in and around the critical areas of sustainability, innovation and planetary systems research. This community of global scholars is uniquely equipped to guide the student experience and address the most critical challenges of our world, now and into the future.


Peter Schlosser

Vice President and Vice Provost of Global Futures
University Global Futures Professor
Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Peter Schlosser is one of the world’s leading Earth scientists, with expertise in Earth’s hydrosphere and how humans affect the planet’s natural state. Prior to Arizona State University, he was at Columbia University as the chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and the deputy director and director of research at the Earth Institute.

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Christopher Boone

Dean
Director and Professor, School of Sustainability

Christopher Boone is a leading researcher and educator in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, vulnerability and global environmental change. He was appointed Dean of the ASU School of Sustainability in 2013 and sits on the scientific steering committee for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project, a core initiative of the International Human Dimensions program. He is an active contributor to Future Earth, an international initiative that aims to integrate the global environmental change community with a focus on sustainable outcomes. In addition to co-authoring two books on urban sustainability, Boone has taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, and interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research.

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Nicole Darnall

Associate Dean of Faculty Success and Strategic Partnerships, College of Global Futures
Associate Director and Professor, School of Sustainability

Nicole Darnall is Associate Dean of Faculty Success in ASU’s College of Global Futures, Associate Director and Professor of Management and Public Policy in ASU’s School of Sustainability. An elected Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, she has received numerous international recognitions and awards. Nicole is co-founder of ASU’s Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative and a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research investigates how the absence of state coercion, combined with appropriate incentives, can encourage organizations and individuals to behave more sustainably.

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Andrew Maynard

Associate Dean of Curricula and Student Success, College of Global Futures
Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Andrew Maynard is Associate Dean of Curricula and Student Success for the College of Global Futures and Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and director of the Risk Innovation Nexus – a unique initiative focused on transforming entrepreneurs and businesses more widely to think about and act on risk. He was previously Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Andrew is a leading expert and thought-leader in emerging and converging technologies and their responsible and ethical development and use. He is widely published, has testified before congressional committees, served on a number of National Academy panels, and worked closely with organizations such as the World Economic Forum on technology innovation.

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David Guston

Associate Vice Provost for Discovery, Engagement and Outcomes, Global Futures Laboratory
Foundation Professor and Director, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

David H. Guston is a globally renowned scholar and prize-winning academic author in the social and policy studies of science, technology and innovation. His research on and development of ideas like boundary organizations, responsible innovation and anticipatory governance has been taken up by public and private sector organizations in the US and around the world. With degrees and training from Yale, MIT and Harvard, he is committed to using an inclusive, democratic vision of future-making.

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Manfred Laubichler

President’s Professor and Interim Director, School of Complex Adaptive Systems

Manfred Laubichler is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, whose work focuses on the structure of evolutionary theory, the evolution of knowledge, and evolutionary novelties — from genomes to knowledge systems. In addition to his ASU appointments, he is an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, an external faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, and the vice-chair of the Global Climate Forum. His undergraduate training was in zoology, philosophy and mathematics at the University of Vienna (Austria) and his graduate training was in biology at Yale and in history/history of science at Princeton.

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College Staff

Staff

Lorraine Protocollo, Executive Assistant to the Dean
Meredith Simpson, Director of Operations, Global Futures Laboratory
Lisa Murphy, Senior Director, Academic Services

For a comprehensive list of faculty, instructors and staff, please visit the respective listing for each school:

List of faculty
School for the Future of Innovation in Society School of Sustainability School of Complex Adaptive Systems