The Institute for Futures Studies is conducting research in a number of different areas, defined by the current research program “Which future? Challenges and choices for the 21st Century”. What they all have in common is the futures perspective and the fact that they are all interdisciplinary, involving researchers from several disciplines.
Some of the areas overlap each other, but this will give you and idea of what we are working on right now. Click on one of the areas and you will find a longer description, a list of ongoing projects, a list of researchers working on the issues and a list of publications and other documentation.
Crime, threats & the human existence
Extremism, nuclear weapons, climate change and malicious robots. There are many phenomena that can pose a threat to our existence. We try to understand them and how to assess risks.
Democracy of the future
Is democracy as good as we think it is? And what does true democracy actually look like? We study the limits and loopholes of democracy as political system.
Demography – driving forces & consequences
The population is ageing, urbanization seems never to end and the networks we are part of affect us i many different ways. We try to understand the trends.
Discrimination, sexism & racism
Where do we find discrimination and how does it happen? If people are discriminating by nature, how can we change society in a way to reduce the consequences?
Inequality is one of the most important challenges that many societies face today. But what does this mean, and is it even possible to reduce it?
Do we want to build a society that is only good for us and not for our children or grand-children? If not, how do make informed decisions?
Technology & man
Big data, artificial intelligence, 3D-printers – new technologies open up a vast amount of opportunities. But is it all good? We try to imagine the consequences of the development.
Values, ethics & morals
Values are a powerful driver of change in society. That is why we are interested in understanding how they change over time, and why.