John Nathaniel Parker

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic Interests and Professional Background

John N. Parker focuses on understanding the social organization of science, creativity, work, and emotions. He investigates how scientists can collaborate to become more creative, and how to accelerate the use of scientific information in natural resource management. Before moving to the University of Oslo, he co-directed the US National Science Foundation's funding programs in Science & Technology Studies, Ethical and Responsible Research, and Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems. He was a Senior Fellow at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and has consulted for environmental research organizations such as the Stockholm Resilience Center and the Decision Center for a Desert City


Courses Taught

Social Dimensions of Science and Technology

The Sociology of Creativity and Innovation

The Sociology of Small Groups

The Sociological Imagination

The Social Psychology of Attraction

The Sociology of Science and Technology in Russia

The Human Event

Cultural Encounters


National Science Foundation Directors Award (2020) for meritorious service in promoting research ethics.


National Science Foundation Directors Award (2019) for meritorious service in establishing the Rules of Life Ideas Lab for Creating a Simple Cell


Teacher of the Year (2013) at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University


University of Oslo

        Associate Professor, 2021-Present


United States National Science Foundation

        Funding Program Director, 2018-2020

                Science and Technology Studies

                Ethical and Responsible Research

                Coupled Natural-Human Systems


Arizona State University

        Senior Fellow, Barrett Honors College, 2011-2018


University of California at Santa Barbara

         Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 2008-2011


Tags: Science, Creativity, Work, Organizations, Emotions, Science Policy

Selected publications

Selected Publications


Parker, John N., Vermeulen, Niki and Bart Penders (Eds.) (2010). Collaboration in the New Life Sciences. London: Ashgate.



Corte, Ugo, Parker, John N. and Gary Alan Fine. (2019) “Special Issue on The Microsociology of Creativity and Creative Work.” Social Psychology Quarterly 82(4): 33-39.


Parker, John N., Cardenas, Edgar, Dorr, Alex, and Edward J. Hackett. (2018) "Using Sociometers to Advance Small Group Research: Entrainment, Complexity, and Creativity." Sociological Methods & Research 49(4): 1064-1102.


Parker, John N. and Ugo Corte. (2017) "Placing Collaborative Circles in Fields: Explaining Differences between Highly Creative Groups." Sociological Theory 35(4): 261-287


Parker, John N., Lortie, Christopher and Stefano Allesina. (2013) “Characterizing a Scientific Elite (B): The Publication Practices of the World’s Most Highly Cited Ecologists and Environmental Scientists.” Scientometrics 94 (2): 469-480. 


Parker, John N. and Edward J. Hackett. (2012) “Hot Spots and Hot Moments in Scientific Collaborations and Social Movements.” American Sociological Review 77 (1) 21-44. 


Parker, John N. and Beatrice I. Crona. (2012) “On Being All Things to All People: Boundary Organizations and the Contemporary Research University.” Social Studies of Science 42(2): 262-289. 


Crona, Beatrice I. and John N. Parker. (2012) “Learning in Support of Adaptive Governance: Theories, Methods and Findings to Assess how Bridging Organizations Contribute to Natural Resource Governance.” Ecology and Society 17(1): 32. 


Hampton, Stephanie H. and John N. Parker (2011) “Collaboration and Productivity in Scientific Synthesis." Bioscience 61(11): 900-910.


Parker, John N., Lortie, Christopher, J. and Stefano Allesina. (2010) “Characterizing a Scientific Elite: The Social Characteristics of the Most Highly Cited Scientists in Environmental Science and Ecology.” Scientometrics, 85(1): 129-143. 

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