NEWS & commentary
A new venture has just been launched at Lancaster University. The Institute for Social Futures is a new space that reaches across the University bringing together people from a range of disciplines to develop ways of thinking about and researching issues that are future-facing. This is how the ISF describes its aims:
... to improve thinking, visioning, analysis and data relating to futures. It will bring high-quality social science theory and research into productive relations with science, technology, health and management and through working with many external partners.
I'm involved as an Associate, responsible for developing the theme: Future of Security, Contentious Politics and Radical Ideas. Over the next 12 months, I want to use this opportunity to develop a research agenda distinct from existing, largely state-led approaches to security futures, revolving around a number of ideas including human security, civil society, contentious futures and ideology.
It's a challenging project, but one that has huge potential. I'm looking forward to getting started.