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Eric Welch is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at ASU. He earned his Ph.D. in public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (1997), where he studied science and environment policy. In July 2014, Dr. Welch established The Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS) at Arizona State University.
Welch has received multiple grants in science policy, including several the area of genetic resources. For example, one USDA project examines genetic resource exchange of US scientists and another, funded by CCAFS, investigates climate adaption behavior of plant breeders in developing countries. He is currently PI on an NSF SciSIP grant entitled: Contested Resource Inputs to Science: How Institutional Provisions on the Access and Use of Materials and Data Affect Research Collaboration Structures and Outcomes.
Other NSF funded projects have examined patenting behavior of academic scientists and engineers and the structural differences between men’s and women’s networks in STEM fields. Dr. Welch has published in journals such as Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Ecological Economics, Applied Economics and Public Policy, Leadership Quarterly, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Urban Studies and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.