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 Bengt Westerberg. The board appoints a Director as both administrative and scientific head of the Institute. Under the leadership of Peter Hedström, a small secretariat, and a staff of some 30 researchers and research assistants work at the Institute.
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.
A vast new research program is being developed that focuses on social change in the 21st Century. The program has four cores: (1) analyses of segregation and integration processes in Sweden; (2) analyses of value changes and value conflicts using the World Values Survey; (3) analyses of the demographic aspects of economic development, and (4) the use of advanced agent-based simulation techniques to predict likely future developments.Skriv ut