Emerging fields to review in 2013

One final observation for 2012: lots of future-oriented and futures-related research fields have progressed significantly over the past few years. These ought to be examined by futures practitioners (and will be part of my PhD research). Here’s a couple to watch: 1) Sociology of Expectations The Sociology of Expectations (SoE) has primarily developed in the … [Read more…]

PhD intentions and motivations

The past few days I’ve been reading Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can’t Predict the Future (Pilkey & Pilkey-Jarvis, 2007), and scanning Gareth Priday‘s Master’s thesis which reviews the recent growth in neuropsychology (along with other areas of psychological research) relevant to ‘mental time travel’ and explores what the implications for foresight might be. In … [Read more…]

Green movement an “abject failure”?

A great, provocative opinion piece appears in The Age today by the online editor of The Monthly, critiquing the green movement’s failure to-date “to convert scientific consensus [about global warming] into action”. The opening two paragraphs provide a sense of the overall message: IF THE civil rights movement were as unsuccessful as the environmental movement … [Read more…]

Mixed feelings following the Asia-Pacific Foresight Conference

Last week I attended the Asia-Pacific Foresight Conference, held in Perth, Australia. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect, expand our networks, etc. (like all good conferences) but on the flight back I was filled with mixed emotions and concerns about the conference and the futures field’s evolution. This reflection tries to capture some central … [Read more…]

PhD Application: Institute for Sustainable Futures

I’ve recently applied to do a PhD in ‘Sustainable Futures’ at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (which is located at University of Technology Sydney). I’ll find out soon if I’m successful, including – I hope – in securing a scholarship so I can do the PhD full-time. Proposed topic: “Understanding, using, and influencing the future: … [Read more…]