From the Director

Urban settings are not only or even largely the sites of distress but are a storehouse of resources, whose promise is not always brought to fruition. These resources include an abounding diversity of people and cultures, a history of scientific and ecological modernization, and indigenous political and economic interactions that sustain community even in sometimes difficult conditions. The founders of Washington University in St. Louis understood that policies and programs to “reshape and improve” metropolitan America require great universities to invest in scholars and thinkers capable of contributing to the knowledge base and policy discussions associated with the advancement of science and technology. Consistent with this aim, the programmatic and research agenda of the Center for the Study of Regional Competitiveness in Science and Technology seeks to contribute empirical studies and policy analysis that informs local, national, and international discussions related to science and engineering attainment in the St. Louis region.


William F. Tate IV
Director and Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences
and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences