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Seokbeom Kwon

Ph.D. Candidate

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
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Faculty Advisor:
Alan Marco
  • Ph.D Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Aug 2014 – present)
  • M.S in Technology Management for Innovation (TMI), Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan (Oct 2011 – Sept 2013)
  • B.S in Electrical Engineering + B.S in Management of Technology (MoT), College of Engineering,Seoul National University, Korea (Mar 2003 – Feb 2011, 2-year for national military service in Korea Army)
Awards and
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award (2019)
  • Young Scholars Award, International Schumpeter Society (2018)
  • Second-prize, Ivan Allen College Graduate Conference Award (2018), Georgia Tech, USA
  • Best Paper (for Top 10% papers), Technology and Innovation Management Division, 77th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2017)
  • First-prize, Ivan Allen College Graduate Conference Award (2017), Georgia Tech, USA
  • STEPI Fellowship, Science and Technology Policy Institute of Korea (2016)
  • Distinguished graduate student, University of Tokyo, Japan (2013)
  • Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT, 2011-2013)
  • Korean Government National Science & Technology Scholarship, Korea Science and Technology Foundation (2004-2011)


Research Fields:
  • Antitrust Law and Economics
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Industrial Organization
  • Law and Economics
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Technological Change

Selected Publications

Journal Articles


Recent Publications

Journal Articles


  • Scientists’ and the Public’s Views of Synthetic Biology
    In: Synthetic Biology 2020: Frontiers in Risk Analysis and Governance
    Date: 2020

    This chapter examines similarities and differences between scientists’ and nonscientists’ views of synthetic biology and the factors that shape them, as well as limitations of available research and the need for more focus on the views of both groups. We combine data from a survey of researchers in synthetic biology and a nationally representative survey of US adults on synthetic biology to compare the characteristics of respondents in each group and how those general characteristics could shape each group’s views. Our analyses found substantial religious and ideological differences between experts and members of the public in the US. We also found that levels of religious guidance and political ideology relate to different perceptions of synthetic biology and in different ways depending on one’s experience as either a researcher in the field or as a member of the public. We call for more, and more detailed, social science research to facilitate effective public engagement that creates space for the variety of views and concerns that will shape synthetic biology and its governance.

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