Journal of Futures Studies

Ecological and Environmental Foresight

Experience-based Exploration of Complex Energy Systems

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Energy Futures, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Technology Futures | Comments Off on Experience-based Exploration of Complex Energy Systems

by Andreas Ligtvoet & Emile J. L. Chappin ABSTRACT In our energy-restricted world, planners and engineers have to cope with problems of CO2 emissions and oil- and gas-shortages. Many planning activities not captured under the heading of “futures studies” share common goals like dealing with an uncertain, complex future. We focus on two novel approaches: agent-based […]

Scenario Art: A New Futures Method that Uses Art to Support Decision-Making for Sustainable Development

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Case Studies, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Scenario Art: A New Futures Method that Uses Art to Support Decision-Making for Sustainable Development

by Aleta Lederwasch ABSTRACT This paper introduces a new futures method, Scenario Art, which involves the use of visual representations of future scenarios to support decision-making towards sustainable development. Based on preliminary investigations it is proposed that Scenario Art has the capacity to increase a person’s level of empathy, creativity and responsiveness to risk; and on […]

Towards a Sustainable Balance of Population and Resources: Australia to 2050

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Global Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Towards a Sustainable Balance of Population and Resources: Australia to 2050

by Neville Bruce Introduction Australia, the ‘lucky’ country,1 currently enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. It ranks second in the UN Human development index,2 it has weathered the recent global financial crisis with little damage, its short to medium term economic prospects seem bright, its government and social structures are stable […]

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Health Futures, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on Sustainable Development and Climate Change

by Chris Riedy Introduction Asia/Oceania In July 2010, Pakistan experienced severe flooding from monsoon rains. Approximately one-fifth of the country was underwater (WFP, 2010), with more than 20 million people directly affected and a death toll of almost 2,000 (Asian Development Bank, 2010). The total economic impact has been estimated at 9 to 11 billion USD […]

Responding to the Millennium Project’s Energy Challenge: A Futurist’s Perspective

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Energy Futures, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation | Comments Off on Responding to the Millennium Project’s Energy Challenge: A Futurist’s Perspective

by Joshua Floyd ABSTRACT The Millennium Project poses the question “How can growing energy demand be met safely and efficiently?” From a perspective grounded in critical and epistemological futures inquiry, this subsumes three further questions: 1) what is the nature of our changing energy demand; 2) what might it mean to meet this ‘safely’; and 3) […]

How Can Everyone Have Sufficient Clean Water Without Conflict?

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Narrative Foresight, Peace Futures, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on How Can Everyone Have Sufficient Clean Water Without Conflict?

by Anita Kelleher ABSTRACT This article provides a statistical update of Australia’s water situation including data on usage, consumption, and volume supplied, and some recent developments in water policy, science and technology that might assist in managing the nation’s future water supply challenges. The prevailing 20th century water paradigm is then contrasted with some emerging perspectives […]

‘Cracks in the System’: Problematisation of the Future and the Growth of Anticipatory and Interventionist Practices

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Foresight Field Building, Futures Studies Theories | Comments Off on ‘Cracks in the System’: Problematisation of the Future and the Growth of Anticipatory and Interventionist Practices

by Stephen McGrail ABSTRACT This paper will outline and discuss the growth of anticipatory and interventionist practices in ‘niches’ where policy-as-usual is being modified. Four niches are described: initiating and achieving ‘sustainability transitions’; industry adaptation and transformation strategies; governing emerging technologies to enable responsible innovation; and experimentation with planning and policy-making approaches for more uncertain futures […]

Manifesting Upside Recovery Instead of Downside Fear: Five Ways Megacrisis Anticipation Can Proactively Improve Futures Research and Social Policy

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Action Research and Organizational Learning, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Global Foresight, Intuitive, Transpersonal and Visionary Foresight, Planetary Mega-crisis, Transition and Transformation | Comments Off on Manifesting Upside Recovery Instead of Downside Fear: Five Ways Megacrisis Anticipation Can Proactively Improve Futures Research and Social Policy

by Oliver Markley Introduction By focusing on the possibility that society may be headed for a “mega-crisis,” Bill Halal and Michael Marien have opened up a very important line of inquiry. The purpose of this brief essay is to advance the further evolution of this debate, as well as the systemic improvement of futures research and […]

Energy Foresight Pakistan: Lessons from Energy Expert Panel meetings

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Energy Futures | Comments Off on Energy Foresight Pakistan: Lessons from Energy Expert Panel meetings

by Badar Sultan Minhas ABSTRACT An energy foresight under the Technology Foresight project was carried out to discuss viable technologies for the sustainable development of the energy sector in Pakistan, keeping in view the time horizon of 1015 years i.e. 2020-2025. STEEP-V approach was used for collection of opinions, policies and projects for future energy needs. […]

A Vision for Mining and Minerals: Applying Causal Layered Analysis and Art

June 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Narrative Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on A Vision for Mining and Minerals: Applying Causal Layered Analysis and Art

by Aleta Lederwasch, Leah Mason, Jane Daly, Timothy Prior & Damien Giurco ABSTRACT This report provides an overview of the futures workshop, ‘Vision 2040: Innovation in Mining and Minerals’, which used art and causal layered analysis to develop a shared vision for Australia’s minerals industry future. Vision 2040, facilitated by Prof. Sohail Inayatullah and researchers from […]


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