Centre for Social Futures
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 Centre for Social Futures works innovatively across disciplinary boundaries linking science, social science, arts and humanities to examine what futures might develop within key domains of human/material activity.
If you want to know more...
You can download the open access introductory chapter of the Routledge Handbook of Social Futures by Carlos López-Gálviz and Emily Speirs: Routledge Handbook of Social Futures - Why Social Futures.
Latest news and events
Capturing the natural world differently - Future Places awards announced
The winners of a new prize, which called for essays and poems that illustrate how literature can be a revelatory and imaginative force to help us see the natural world – and our place in it – differently, have just been announced.
Emily Spiers speaks about speculative futures on the Visualising War Podcast
In this episode of the podcast series, Alice König, Principal Investigator of the Visualising War project at St Andrews, talks to Dr Emily Spiers, who is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Futures and German in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University; Dr Will Slocombe, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and specialist in Science Fiction; and Lt Col Matthew Brown, Chief of Future Concepts and Strategy with the RAF (on loan from the US Air Force).
Theme Lead Opportunities with the Institute for Social Futures
The Institute for Social Futures is seeking to appoint theme leads to two of its four core areas of research:
Material and Digital Futures
Cultural and Creative Futures
We are also seeking a co-lead (with current theme lead Paul Young) for the Environmental Social Futures theme.
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