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Dave Rejeski

Dave Rejeski
Director; Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project
(202) 939-3865

Dave Rejeski joined ELI in October 2016 after serving as director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. His research at ELI focuses on better understanding the environmental impacts and opportunities created through:

  • emerging technologies and their underlying innovation systems, from synthetic biology to 3-D printing;
  • structural changes in the economy driven by sharing platforms, new business models, and financing systems such as crowdfunding, and;
  • new roles for the public in environmental protection, provided through citizen science, Do-It-Yourself biology, makers, or other emergent, distributed networks of people and things.

He co-founded the Serious Games movement in 2003 and Games for Change in 2004 (http://www.gamesforchange.org/) and is interested in the use of video game technologies to help engage the public around complex system challenges facing policy makers.

Prior to the Wilson Center, he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation).

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a guest Researcher at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, a member of EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, and board member of American University’s Center on Environmental Policy.  He has been a Visiting Scholar at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and previously served on EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education.



Science and Technology policy

Environmental governance

Innovation theory & practice

Foresight and strategic planning

Public perception research

Video game technology (Serious Games)


Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1989

Master of Environmental Design, Yale University, 1978

Bachelors of Fine Arts (Industrial Design), Rhode Island School of Design, 1973

Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Selected Publications:

“Research Needs and Recommendations on Environmental Implications of Additive Manufacturing;” (with Huang, Y.), Journal of Industrial Ecology, Special Edition on the Environmental Implications of Additive Manufacturing, forthcoming, December, 2016.

“Citizen Science,” (with McElfish, J.), Environmental Forum, June/July, 2016.

Addressing Complexity With Playable Models, (with Chaplin, Heather & Olson, Robert), Washington, DC: Wilson Center, 2015. https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/addressing-complexity-playable-models

“Science and Technology Forecasting,” (with Pauwels, E. and Koo, J.) in Roco, M. & Bainbridge, W. (eds.). Handbook of Science and Technology Convergence, New York, NY: Springer, 2014.

“Media, MD,” Huffington Post, Nov. 4, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-rejeski/media-md_b_6101182.html

A Guide for Communicating Synthetic Biology, (with Mazerik, J.), Washington, DC: Wilson Center, Synthetic Biology Project, 2014. http://www.synbioproject.org/publications/a-guide-for-communicating-synthetic-biology/

“Communicating Science, Caveman Style,” Huffington Post, Jan. 31, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-rejeski/neanderthal-cloning-synthetic-biology_b_2591908.html

“The Next Industrial Revolution: How We Will Make Things in the 21st Century and Why It Matters,” The Environmental Law Reporter, March 2013.

“Bioindustrial Ecology,” Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 17, No. 1, February 2013.

“Public Policy on the Technological Frontier,” in Marchant, G., Allenby, B. & Heckert, J. (eds.) The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem, NY: Springer, 2011.

“The Molecular Economy,” Environmental Forum, January/February, 2010.

“Synthetic Biology: The Public and the Media,” Testimony before the President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, July 8, 2010.  https://www.c-span.org/video/?294437-1/ethics-synthetic-biology-part-1&start=202 Testimony was the focus on an article by Sethi, M.L. & Briggle, A. 2011. “Making Stories Visible: The Task for Bioethics Commissions,” Issues in Science and Technology, Winter. http://issues.org/27-2/sethi/

“EPA at 40: Bringing Environmental Protections into the 21st Century,” (with J. Fiskel, T. Graedel, A. Hecht, G. Sayler, P. Senge, D. Swackhamer, and T. Theis), Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 43, No. 23, 2009. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es901653f

“An Earth Systems Science Agency,” (with Mark Schaefer, D. James Baker, John H. Gibbons, Charles G. Groat, Donald Kennedy, & Charles F. Kennel), Science, Vol. 321, July 4, 2008.  

Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow: Shaping the Next Industrial Revolution, (with Robert Olson), Island Press, 2004