Robert Ward

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
Email Address:
Office Location:
Centergy One 3100


Personal Pronouns:
He / Him

Robert is a PhD student in Public Policy and a masters student in Computer Science at Georgia Tech, coadvised by John P. Walsh and Cassidy R. Sugimoto.  He is also a visiting student with Marc Santolini in the Interaction Data Lab (INSERM-University of Paris).  His research develops and applies computational methods to understand the organizational roots of innovation.  His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, French National Research Agency, Google and the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center. Before coming to Georgia Tech he earned a BS in Molecular Genetics and his MPA from The Ohio State University where he worked briefly at the Battelle Center for Science, Engineering and Public Policy.

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


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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