Frank Laird
Associate Professor of Technology and Public Policy, University of Denver
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Frank is currently an associate professor of technology and public policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. His research and expertise focus on science, technology and public policy; and the analysis of political and social conditions that affect the public acceptance of new, powerful technologies. Most of Frank's research has focused on energy policy, particularly the way that renewable energy policies can affect environmental policy. His book Solar Energy, Technology Policy, and Institutional Values (Cambridge University Press 2001) looked at the ways in which institutionally embedded ideas shaped energy policy over a 35 year period. Frank is currently writing on, among other things, problems of institutional learning in complex S&T issues. He is particularly interested in the ways that different institutions cope with S&T issues and how one can improve institutions to make S&T better serve societal needs.

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