Independent Scholar, Policy Advocate and Activist
Richard Sclove has been involved with community-based research for three decades as an independent scholar, policy advocate and activist. In recognition of this work he has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Sclove is also the founder and former Executive Director of The Loka Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to making technology and scientific research responsive to democratically decided priorities. In this capacity he co-organized a national conference at Howard University on Technology and the African-American Experience in 1994. He also launched the U.S. Community Research Network (active in the 1990s) and helped conceive the parallel, globe-spanning Living Knowledge Network, with funding from the European Commission. As a pioneer in participatory technology assessment (pTA), Sclove served on the central secretariat for World Wide Views on Global Warming, the world’s first globe-encompassing pTA exercise (2009). He also wrote the influential report Reinventing Technology Assessment: A 21st Century Model (2010) in support of establishing the U.S.-based Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science & Technology (ECAST) network; ECAST organizes national-scale pTA exercises for the federal government. Dr. Sclove has published extensively in both scholarly and popular venues, including Science magazine, Issues in Science & Technology, Technology Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Washington Post. The American Political Science Association honored Sclove’s book, Democracy and Technology, with the Don K. Price Award as “the year’s best book on science, technology and politics.” Sclove earned a B.A. in environmental studies from Hampshire College and graduate degrees in nuclear engineering (M.S.) and political science (Ph.D.) from M.I.T., prior to holding a postdoctoral fellowship in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also served as the Director of Strategic Planning for the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama.