Some comments on Inayatullah’s new book ‘What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight’

Sohail Inayatullah recently published a new book which has the bold title What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight. The book provides an overview of Inayatullah’s approach to futures studies (the “six pillars” approach) but the core of the book is nine case studies, three chapters on methodological innovations, and an effort to …

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Explaining the outcomes of prospective knowledge practices: what influences whether scenarios (or other outputs) are used?

The use and, perhaps more frequently, non-use of the outputs generated by prospective knowledge practices is a big issue discussed by many people who conduct these activities. As one person I interviewed this week put it, you don’t want the end result/product to just be yet another report sitting on the shelf gathering dust! This …

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Revised research statement

The following research statement is focussed on my doctoral research but may also shape my postdoctoral research directions when I (hopefully) finish my PhD: My research examines the production, evaluation and use of anticipatory knowledge in relation to climate change responses and associated policy processes (e.g. energy policy, innovation policy, transport planning / infrastructure, etc). …

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Debates and problems in ‘sustainability transitions’ theory and research

Lately I’ve been further familiarising myself with emerging field of research called sustainability transitions research which has developed over the past 15-20 years. Broadly such research, according to the Sustainability Transitions Research Network’s (STRN) research agenda (which, it must be said, doesn’t clearly define what a ‘sustainability transition’ is nor does it clearly define the …

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