In order to shape our future through conscious choice we need to know what kind of future we wish for. This is more complicated than one might think since we are constantly changing our view of what a good future is. Several of our projects address this in different ways. One is concerned with the question of whether we should care about future generations or not – a question that has great significance for the choices we make, including decisions that affect population size.
Other themes include climate justice, which is concerned with the fact that the impact of climate change largely affects people (future generations) who have not caused it, medical ethics and bioethics, and how technological advances can affect our bodies and what consequences this could have.
The global research network World Values Survey has its secretariat at the institute. It collects data about people's values concerning a variety of issues in about 100 countries all over the world. How do values and norms change over time? How are different values interconnected? Why do values change and what effects do these changes have on our communities? Using data on values we can, for example, study how people in different countries understand democracy, how democracy and inequality are connected, and what this means for the development of violence.