Thinking futures is now widespread, fateful and problematic. Yet much futures research neglects the insights that social science, the arts and humanities, can offer. Lancaster’s Institute for Social Futures works innovatively across disciplinary boundaries linking science, social science and humanities to examine what futures might develop within key domains of human/material activity.
The aim of the Institute for Social Futures is 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.
Linda’s work focuses on the ways in which religion, beliefs and values are changing, and what this means for the future. She’s particularly interested in future-forming research undertaken in partnership with stakeholders in that future. She’s currently working on a collaborative project on how ‘family values’ are being shaped and contested around the world. Her latest book is That was the Church that was: how the Church of England lost the English people (2016). She’s a regular commentator on radio and television.
More about ISF
Click here and watch Linda Woodhead and John Urry go into more detail about ISF
ISF: Why the Future?
A manifesto for the Institute for Social Futures, by John Urry and Linda Woodhead.