The Institute for Futures Studies is an independent research foundation. Its board has nine members who are appointed by the Government, and its current chair is Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd. The board appoints a Director as both administrative and scientific head of the Institute. The staff consists of researchers, research assistants and a small secretariat, see list of staff.
The Institute for Futures Studies conducts advanced research within the social sciences. The Institute’s task is to promote a future-oriented perspective in Swedish research, and to use and develop appropriate theories and methods. Moreover, the Institute promotes open and broad discussion about possibilities and threats to future social development. In addition to its research activities the Institute organizes seminars and workshops, some of which are oriented towards the public at large.
The Institute is financed partly through a government subsidy and partly through external funding from research councils. For more information about the councils, go to Funding.
It is the responsibility of the Director to decide what research will be conducted at the Institute. Director Gustaf Arrhenius heads the research program for 2015-2020 is “Which Future? Challenges and Choices for the 21st Century.”