Future-forming interdisciplinary research
  • Linda Woodhead (Director)

    Linda is Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Director of the Institute. Her 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.

    Research Theme: Future of Values and Beliefs

    Richard Harper (Director)

    Richard is concerned with how new technologies shape us and how we in turn shape our technologies – in the space that is often known as Human Computer Interaction or HCI. He has written 13 books and over 160 scientific articles on topics such as the future of search engines and the latest incarnation of artificial intelligence. See his Homepage

    Research Theme: Future of Technologies

    Carlos Lopez-Galviz (Anniversary Lecturer)

    Carlos is a Lecturer in the Theories and Methods of Social Futures. His work interrogates futures thinking through the lens of ruins, cities and infrastructure. His forthcoming book will be Global Undergrounds:
    Exploring Cities Within (2016)

    Research Theme: Theories and Methods of Social Futures

    Mike Berners-Lee

    Professor Mike Berners-Lee is director and principal consultant at Small World Consulting, which focusses on sustainability in organisations. He is a leading expert on carbon footprinting, author of ‘How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything’ and co-author of ‘The Burning Question’.

    Research Theme: Thriving in the Anthropocene

    Rebecca Braun

    Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in European Languages and Cultures. She is currently leading a major research project, Authors and the World, that looks at how literary authors act as the human face of literature in different cultural contexts around the world and builds bridges between academics and creative practitioners.

    Research Theme: Future Creative Practices

    Monika Buscher

    Monika’s research explores the digital dimension of contemporary ‘mobile lives’ with a focus on IT ethics. She combines qualitative, often ethnographic studies of everyday practices, social theory and design through mobile, experimental, ‘inventive’ engagement with industry and stakeholders.

    Research Theme: Future of Mobilities, Mobile Methods, Co-Production   

    Nick Dunn

    Nick is Professor of Urban Design at ImaginationLancaster and Associate Director of Research at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts. His work responds to the modern city as a series of systems, flows and processes, and is explored through experimentation and discourse addressing the nature of urban space.

    Research Theme: Future of Cities and Urbanism

    Melissa Fernandez Arrigoitia (Anniversary Lecturer)

    Melissa explores urban futures through the socio-material ‘making’ and ‘unmaking’ of homes in the Global North and South. She is interested broadly in the trajectories and experiences of urban housing transformations, and in the production of alternative home futures through collaborative, community-led practices

    Research Theme: Urban Futures

    Astrid Nordin

    Astrid’s research interests fall in the intersection of contemporary Chinese politics and international relations, broadly conceived, and critical theories of global politics. She is particularly interested in the contemporary deployment of concepts drawn from Chinese history and their relation to recent continental philosophy.

    Research Theme: Future of world orders and relations

    Corina Sas

    Corina’s research interests include human-computer interaction, interaction design, user experience, designing tools and interactive systems to support high level skill acquisition and training such as creative and reflective thinking in design, autobiographical reasoning, emotional processing and spatial cognition.

    Research Theme: Future of User-Centered Design

    Emily Spiers (Anniversary Lecturer)

    Emily’s research focuses on performance, literary cultures and political activism. Currently, she is using the literary and political paradigm of spoken-word poetry in order to think through alternative future-oriented critical visions.

    Research Theme: Creative Futures

    Nicola Spurling (Anniversary Lecturer)

    Nicola’s research explores everyday futures and their implications for energy and transport demand, drawing on futures research and social theories of practice. She is interested in how working lives, daily lives and mobility have changed since 1950, and has a particular interest in New Towns as sites for futures research.

    Research Theme: Everyday Futures
  • Georgia Newmarch

    Georgia’s doctoral research focuses on electricity, contested energy futures and everyday life. She is interested in infrastructure, memory, technology and the relationship between different types of power.