Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School for Complex Adaptive Systems Tempe, AZ, 85287-5603 Dr.
Erik Johnston is a Professor with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School for Complex Adaptive Systems. He is also the Chair the of the Ph.D. program in Human and Social Dimensions in Science and Technology. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Smart Cities and Regions and the Director of Policy Informatics at the Decision Theater. His research in smart cities and regions integrates open governance and policy informatics applications of public interest technology to serve all communities, including participation from traditionally underserved populations. His research in opening governance explores how our governance systems can evolve to address increasingly complex challenges and to meet the rising expectations of the public to have many pathways to share their talents, data, expertise, and energy to improve their communities. His research in policy informatics is the study of how computational and communication technology is leveraged to specifically understand and address complex public policy and administration problems and realize innovations in governance insights, processes, and institutional design. Reducing health and infrastructure vulnerability to current and future threats requires innovative, interdisciplinary approaches that appreciate the interdependencies across multiple social systems like education and health, integrating basic and applied natural and social science in a framework that not only provides stakeholders with new evidence to support effective decision-making, but also accelerates the identification of the next series of important questions that research must address in cooperation with community partners.
2007 Ph.D, Information, University of Michigan
2007 Graduate Certificate, Complex Systems, University of Michigan
2000 Masters of Business Administration, University of Denver, Masters of Science, Information Technology, University of Denver, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Psychology, University of Denver
Pine, K.H., Hinrichs, M.M., Wang, J., Lewis, D., & Johnston, E. (Accepted 2020). For Impactful Community Engagement: Check your Role. Communications of the ACM.
Johnston, E.W. (Ed.) (2015). Governance in the Information Era: Theory and Practice of Policy Informatics. New York, NY: Routledge Press.
Wellman, N., Applegate, J., Harlow, J. & Johnston, E.W. (2019). Beyond the Pyramid: Alternative Formal Hierarchical Structures and Team Performance. Academy of Management Journal. 10.5465/amj.2017.1475.
Wald, D.M., Segal, E.A., Johnston. E.W., & Vinze, A. (2017). Understanding the Influence of Power and Empathetic Perspective-taking on Collaborative Natural Resource Management. Journal of Environmental Management, 199 (1 September), 201-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.05.030.
Longo, J., Kuras, E., Smith, H., Hondula, D. M., & Johnston, E. (2017). Technology Use, Exposure to Natural Hazards, and Being Digitally Invisible: Implications for Policy Analytics. Policy and Internet, 9 (1), 76-108. DOI: 10.1002/poi3.144.
Hondula, D. M., Kuras, E. R., Longo, J., & Johnston, E.W. (2017). Toward Precision Governance: Infusing Data into Public Management of Environmental Hazards. Public Management Review, 1-20.
Imperial, Mark, T., Johnston, E.W., Pruett-Jones, M., Leong, K., & Thomsen, J. (2016) Sustaining the Useful Life of Network Governance: Life-Cycles and Developmental Challenges, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 14 (3) 134 – 144.
Johnston, E.W., Hicks, D., Nan, N., & Auer, J. C. (2011) Managing the Inclusion Process in Collaborative Governance. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 2010. DOI: 10.1093/jopart/muq045. First published online: August 19, 2010.
Kim, Y., Johnston, E.W., & Kang, H. S. (2011) A Computational Approach to Managing Performance Dynamics in Networked Governance Systems. Public Performance & Management Review, 34 (4) 580.
Johnston, E.W. (2010). Governance Infrastructures in 2020. Public Administration Review, 70 (1) s122-s128.