Digital Government and Wicked Problems:
Climate Change, Urbanization, and Inequality
The vibrant downtown ASU Downtown Campus in Phoenix includes the College of Public Service & Community Solutions, where the School of Public Affairs is located, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the soon to be relocated Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
411 N Central Ave
Phoenix AZ. 85004
Arizona State University’s model of the New American University emphasizes research excellence, diversity and inclusion, leveraging of place and social impact. Since it opened in 2006, the downtown campus has served as a centerpiece for the public and private collaboration that has transformed a significant area of downtown. The campus is within walking distance of Phoenix City Hall, Maricopa County government, the Maricopa Association of Governments, State Capitol and all major State offices, and is immediately adjacent to light rail and the downtown hub for public transit.
The School of Public Affairs includes several major research centers, as part of its growing research portfolio. The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Studies is directed by Eric Welch; the Center for Policy Informatics is directed by Erik Johnston; the Participatory Governance Initiative is directed by Daniel Schugurensky; the Center for Organization Research and Design is directed by Barry Bozeman, and the Center for Urban Innovation is directed by David Swindell. Kevin DeSouza directs the Decision Theater on the Tempe Campus. All are committed to leading-edge research on government, public organizations, public policy, and the role of technology in these arenas.
Faculty research within the school includes work on e-government and civic engagement, social media, technology and organizational change, big data, agent-based modeling of complex policy problems, online policy challenge platforms, policy simulations for participatory decision making, evaluation of broadband initiatives, and transparency and open government. The school will house a repository for data on broadband and Internet use that is supported by a National Science Foundation grant.