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.
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
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
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.