Background Kaethe Selkirk is a Ph.D. student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She graduated with a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning and a M.S. in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture in 2016.
Passion Kaethe studies how futures are constructed and managed using different knowledges. Viewing the future as a resource with which to shape current action, Kaethe seeks to understand the range of tools various actors use to represent and actualize their visions of what can and should be. Her motivation stems from a concern posed by multiple scholars, that our ability to design and build futures exceeds our ability to understand their outcomes.
Work Impact Kaethe works as a fellow on the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. Bridging her interest in future studies, Kaethe contributes to research on Social-Ecological-Technological Systems (SETS), Network Evaluation, and Knowledge Systems Innovation across ten project cities. In working with the UREx SRN, Kaethe aims to help increase resilience in the built environment through innovative research and practitioner-academic collaboration.