Topic Progress:

Summary of lesson

You now should have gotten an overview of the main mindsets in Futures Studies. Representatives of each would take different approaches on issues concerning future developments.  We also gave you an idea on how foresight is relevant for the field of scientific research. We hope that through this first lesson you will want to learn more about how Futures Studies and foresight can further benefit your line of work!

References and further information

Papers and Articles

  • Burmeister K., Neef A. (2005), In the long run, Corporate Foresight und Langfristdenken in Unternehmen und Gesellschaft, oekom verlag,
  • Carley S., Porter A., Rafols I.,  Leydesdorff L., (2017), Visualization of Disciplinary Profiles: Enhanced Science Overlay Maps, Journal of Data and Information Science, Volume 2, Issue 3
  • Destatte P., (2010), Foresight: A major tool in tackling sustainable development, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 77, Issue 9, pp. 1575-1587.
  • Gidley, Jennifer  (2016) Understanding the Breadth of Futures Studies through a Dialogue with Climate Change. In World Futures Review Vol. 8, Issue 1, 2016
  • Glenn J., Gordon T. (2004), Future S&T management policy issues—2025
  • Global scenarios, Technological Forecasting & Social Change 71 (2004) 913 – 940
  • Tanimoto S.., (2007), Social Issues and the Future of Artificial Intelligence, University of Washington,


Jennifer Gidley (2017) the Future a short introduction, 2017 Oxford Press


  1. On epistemology – the study of knowledge
  2. On sustainable trends & futures
  3. Millennium Project Future S&T Management Policy Issues  2025 Global Scenarios
  4. University of Hawaii / Manoa – Department of Political Science Futures Studies