The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Expertise, Knowledge and Governance

We share an interest in the role of science and expertise in the management of complex systems at multiple levels of politics.

We share an interest in the legitimacy, usability, and ethics of science advice, as well as broader patterns of public policy, emergence, and self-organization of complex political systems. We are open to drawing on insights from computer science, organizational theory, cognitive psychology, as well as political science.

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Jane E. Fountain is Director of the School of Public Policy, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Distinguished Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She directed the National Center for...Read more

My research interests include international relations, international relations theory, international political economy, international environmental politics, international institutions, the science-policy interface,  and global governance.

I am currently developing a research project on global issue coupling and global governance.  I am currently a member of the editorial boards of  Global Environmental Politics,...Read more

John Hird

My research interests include policy expertise and advising, regulatory policy-making, the use of information in policymaking, policy analysis, and environmental policy.Read more

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My research interests include world politics, international institutions, international political economy, technology, technological change, and ethics in science and engineering.

I am also one of two UMass advisers for the Five College International relations Certificate.  To make an appointment to talk about it,  go to SSC Navigate, then...Read more