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Robert Ward

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
Email Address:
rward48@gatech.edu
Office Location:
Centergy One 3100

Overview

Personal Pronouns:
He / Him

I study how the organization of science and innovation shapes processes of production, evaluation and interaction.  I am currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and MS in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology where I work as a GRA for the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy group.  I am also a visiting PhD student with the Interaction Data Lab lead by Marc Santolini at CRI Paris.  Before coming to Georgia Tech, I earned my BS in Molecular Genetics and a MPA from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, both from The Ohio State University.  

Education:
  • M.P.A., John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
  • B.S., Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University
Awards and
Distinctions:
  • President's Fellowship
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Computational Social Science
  • Networks
  • Organizations
  • Science, Technology And Innovation

Interests

Research Fields:
  • S&E Organizations, Education, Careers and Workforce
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • Exploring new approaches to understanding innovation ecosystems
    In: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, [Peer Reviewed]
    Date: September 2021

    Jan Youtie, Robert Ward, Philip Shapira, R. Sandra Schillo & E. Louise Earl (2021) Exploring new approaches to understanding innovation ecosystems, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2021.1972965

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  • Corporate engagement with nanotechnology through research publications
    In: Journal of Nanoparticle Research [Peer Reviewed]
    Date: March 2021

    Assessing corporate engagement with an emerging technology is essential for understanding the development of research and innovation systems. Corporate publishing is used as a system-level knowledge transfer indicator, but prior literature suggests that publishing can run counter to private sector needs for management of dissemination to ensure appropriability of research benefits. We examine the extent of corporate authorship and collaboration in nanotechnology publications from 2000 to 2019. The analysis identified 53,200 corporate  nanotechnology publications. Despite the potential for limits on collaboration with corporate authors, this paper finds that eight out of 10 nanotechnology corporate publications involved authors from multiple organizations and nearly one-third from multiple countries and that these percentages were higher in recent years. The USA is the leading nation in corporate nanotechnology publishing, followed by Japan and Germany, with China ranking fourth, albeit with the greatest publication growth rate. US corporate publishing is more highly cited and less cross-nationally collaborative. Asian countries also have fewer collaborative authorship ties outside of their home countries. European countries had more corporate collaborations with authors affiliated with organizations outside of their home countries. The paper concludes that distinguishing corporate publications,
    while difficult due to challenges in identifying small and medium-sized corporations and grouping variations in corporate names, can be beneficial to examining national systems of research and development.

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