Journal of Futures Studies

Sociology and Social Change Perspectives

Re-imagining Cultural Heritage Archetypes Towards Sustainable Futures

July 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Narrative Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Re-imagining Cultural Heritage Archetypes Towards Sustainable Futures

Abstract This article investigates how sustainable futures imagining can inform, instil hope and assist towards perpetuat- ing increasingly healthy environments. The ideas and information presented are buoyed by the author’s lived experi- ence of growing up in extreme environmental degradation, becoming an artist inspired by nature and finally teaching education for sustainable development (ESD) at […]

The Future Is Ours. How Dutch People Think about Technology and the Future

July 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on The Future Is Ours. How Dutch People Think about Technology and the Future

Abstract Experts play an important role in foresight. However, their expertise can also limit their view on potential new developments and thereby reduce the predictive as well as the explorative quality of foresight. This is why involving citizens or laypeople is potentially a welcome addition when studying the future. In this paper, we present the […]

The City, the Country, and the New Politics of Place

April 15th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Sociology and Social Change Perspectives, Urban Futures and City Foresight | Comments Off on The City, the Country, and the New Politics of Place

Abstract Much of the current discussion of the present populist moment in politics has explored issues of social values and economic inequality. In their different ways, these are relevant, but I argue here that they are symptoms of a wider set of changes in society. The prevailing political divisions identified in the Brexit referendum in […]

YOUTH BULGE: Demographic Dividend, Time Bomb, and other Futures

January 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on YOUTH BULGE: Demographic Dividend, Time Bomb, and other Futures

Abstract Taking a global view of the futures of youth, this article: (1) defines the youth bulge, (2) articulates four scenarios for the futures of youth (innovation and apps; unemployed and disempowered; virtual retreat; and transformed world), and (3) Short, medium, and long term implications for the MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) region are outlined. Keywords: Demography, migration, […]

Delving into the Future of Iran’s English Language Teaching in Light of Technology

November 28th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Delving into the Future of Iran’s English Language Teaching in Light of Technology

Abstract This article examines the prospect of replacing EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers with technology in Iran. It has adopted the approach of Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) to analyze the data collected from interviews with 10 EFL experts in Iran. The four layers of CLA do suggest that it is unlikely that technology will replace […]

Between the Myth of Development and the Development of Myth: Futures of Islamic Banking in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

June 27th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Between the Myth of Development and the Development of Myth: Futures of Islamic Banking in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Abstract This paper deals with the reality of development challenges in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, and the impact of these on the future of Islamic banking. Using Causal Layered analysis (CLA), the hidden stories of economic development (ED) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are unpacked. The three narratives presented here are that […]

Until 2100 there is a Plenty of Hope at the Bottom of Society and Out There in the Cosmos

March 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Until 2100 there is a Plenty of Hope at the Bottom of Society and Out There in the Cosmos

By Victor Vahidi Motti Solastalgia in the unique worlds of individuals The universe of matter-energy unlike its apparent complexity could be extraordinary simple. For example, if you would like to know how much matter-energy can be squeezed into a volume of space as in a star without it shrinking under its own gravitational pull and turning into a blackhole […]

Projecting Mozambique’s Demographic Futures

January 5th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Futures Studies Methodologies, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Political and Policy Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Projecting Mozambique’s Demographic Futures

by Julia Zinkina & Andrey Korotayev Abstract The “medium” population projection series by the UN Population Division forecasts nearcatastrophic population increase for a whole number of Tropical African countries, especially East African ones. However, the projections for Mozambique, appearing somewhat less ominous than those for the neighboring Zambia, Tanzania, and Malawi, do not account for the recent […]

The Myanmar Futures Exchange: Development at the Cross-Roads

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Leadership and Foresight, Participatory and Network Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on The Myanmar Futures Exchange: Development at the Cross-Roads

by Alisha Bhagat ABSTRACT This report describes the methods and findings used at the 2014 Myanmar Futures Exchange (MFE), a futures workshop that engaged with government, NGOs, religious groups, and academics in Yangon, Myanmar. The MFE presented a unique opportunity to brainstorm strategies for the future of economic development in Myanmar with a cross-section of […]

Alternative Images of China in 2035: A Case Study of Tamkang University Workshops

September 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Political and Policy Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Alternative Images of China in 2035: A Case Study of Tamkang University Workshops

by Jeanne Hoffman ABSTRACT This article presents the findings of scenario planning workshops held on 10 and 13 December 2013 on the futures of ‘China (PRC) in 2035’ at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies (GIFS) at Tamkang University in Taiwan. The workshops were structured around Inayatullah’s (2008) six pillars foresight process and employed the […]


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