|Adam is an environmental social scientist, technology theorist, and futurist. He us currently working with Tony Seba and James Arbib at the nonprofit think tank RethinkX to produce a series of publications across multiple media that examine the broad implications – social, economic, political, environmental – of the multiple interdependent technological disruptions that are poised to transform our civilization by 2030.
Adam earned his PhD at UCLA where he worked on the future of energy technology governance in general, and the environmental politics, policy, and planning of fracking in California specifically. His Master of Science degree is from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in 2010, where he studied the sustainability of complex systems. His research focuses on understanding the nature and trajectory of technological disruption in general, and the environmental implications of these disruptions in particular. He has been an instructor for a variety of courses in technological disruption, food systems, environmental sustainability, environmental justice, the history of environmental thought, and international development at UCLA and the University of Michigan. Before returning to graduate school, Adam lived in Oman from 2001 through 2007 and worked on a range of public, private, and nonprofit sustainable development projects there.
Adam is a passionate educator and advocate for reason and scientific literacy. His wider intellectual interests include moral philosophy, theories of justice, and the social, economic, and political implications of disruptive technologies. He also enjoys surfing, building things, and playing the guitar.
Adam’s most recent peer-reviewed publications focus on rethinking environmental sustainability through the lens of disruptive technological change.
Dorr, A. (2016a). Technological change and climate scenarios. Nature Climate Change, 6(7), 638–639. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2981
Dorr, A. (2016b). Technology blindness and temporal imprecision: rethinking the long term in an era of accelerating technological change. Foresight, 18(4), 391–413. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-11-2015-0049
Dorr, A. (2016c). The impact pulse and restoration curves: Going beyond mitigation and stabilization. Anthropocene, 16, 61–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2016.08.002
Dorr, A. (2017). Common errors in reasoning about the future: Three informal fallacies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 116, 322–330. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2016.06.018