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Centre for Technological Futures

Building on a rich tradition of studying the relationship between technological futures, management practices and organisational dynamics.

About this Centre

We're one of the largest groups of our kind in the UK, home to over many internationally recognised academics from departments from across Lancaster University. Together, we have a strong social science foundation - members of the Centre draw upon a variety of perspectives to bring their expertise into our research themes.

Our Research Themes

Our innovative research is located at the intersection between studies in several areas including management, information systems, futures, science and technology, organisation, and workplace. Our research is interdisciplinary, and conducted across the world in a diverse range of domains including public sector, healthcare, engineering and many more. 

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Ethics and politics of future technology

Digital technologies have been transforming workplaces and increasing economic productivity for the last 25 years. Could overuse on information technology now be sapping your managers’ and employees’ - and your organisation’s - health and well-being? Professor Monideepa Tarafdar and her co-researchers have carried out a series of studies over the past seven years to explore this theory.

Technology and the future of work

Traditionally, drug use has been seen as a problem for employment – something which needs to be managed and eliminated through workplace testing, counselling or disciplinary measures. More recently, however, there has been growing interest in the potential of particular pharmaceutical products to increase productivity, positively affect motivation or commitment, and even improve safety. Dr Karen Dale and Professor Brian Bloomfield discuss their research into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the workplace.

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Digital Society and technological mobilities

While more and more public services are made available online only, older persons’ needs and wishes towards digital services are rarely understood and taken in account. This deficit is often exacerbated by their lower digital skills and poor access to the internet. This pioneering research aims to explore the inclusion of senior citizens in digital public services through the development of user-friendly mobile applications as part of the Mobile Age Project. 

PhD Programmes

We're home to a vibrant doctoral community where our PhD students are encourage to take advantage of the School's research strengths to develop core skills. We welcome PhD applicants with a good first degree or Masters in areas such as management, philosophy or the social sciences - industrial experience is also an advantage. For more information, please contact Teresa Aldren.

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Centre Directors

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures , Health Systems, Information Systems, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 594364 A042, A - Floor, Management School

Centre for Science Studies, Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510960 B27, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

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Teresa Aldren

Research Centres Administrator, Administrator

Centre for Marketing Analytics & Forecasting

+44 (0)1524 510906 B003a, B - Floor, Management School

Centre Members

Centre for Science Studies, Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510963 B23, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510945

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Science Studies, ImaginationLancaster, Mobilities.Lab

+44 (0)7890 847166

Dr Karen Dale

Reader in Organisation Studies

Centre for Technological Futures , Management and Society

+44 (0)1524 510970 B24, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 594610 B009, B - Floor, Bowland North

Dr Amjad Fayoumi

Lecturer in Information Systems

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures , Health Systems, Information Systems, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling

+44 (0)1524 594725 Management School

Professor Niall Hayes

Professor of Information and Organisation

Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510962 B31, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Centre for Technological Futures , Management and Society, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510958 B30, B - Floor, Charles Carter Building

Professor David Knights

Distinguished Scholar

Centre for Technological Futures , Management and Society

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare , Centre for Technological Futures , Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 510946

+44 (0)1524 510305 D12, D - Floor, Infolab

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 594647

Centre for Technological Futures , Centre for Transportation Systems & Logistics (CENTRAL), Information Systems

+44 (0)1524 595195 A064, A - Floor, Management School

Dr Helena Wenninger

Lecturer in Information Systems

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 593452

Centre for Technological Futures , Health Systems, Information Systems, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling, Technology, Systems and Organisation

+44 (0)1524 592214 B052a, B - Floor, Management School

Dr Ruilin Zhu

Lecturer in Information Systems

Centre for Technological Futures

+44 (0)1524 593381