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European Journal of Futures Research

European Journal of Futures Research

Editor-in-Chief: C. Ahrend; G. de Haan; E.F. Øverland; R. Popp; U. Reinhardt

ISSN: 2195-2248 (electronic version)

Journal no. 40309

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The European Journal of Futures Research is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen:

  • It publishes original research papers on all aspects of foresight and futures studies;
  • Welcomes (inter-)disciplinary articles on society, politics, economy and science and technology, in particular from European and/or comparative perspectives;
  • Encourages empirical, theoretical and/or methodological contributions;
  • Strengthens networking and community building among scholars engaged in European futures studies.

This journal provides an international platform for leading and upcoming scholarly work on possible, probable and desirable European and global futures. We invite submissions of articles focusing on both interdisciplinary and disciplinary studies on future developments in society, politics, economy and science and technology. The journal publishes empirically oriented articles as well as contributions of a more methodological, epistemological or theoretical nature.

 Envisioning a common future, the journal welcomes lively debates on European affairs – viewed against the backdrop of a shared, yet diverse and complicated history. The journal seeks to foster comprehensive analyses of key European policies, such as those for research and education - among others. A central objective of the journal is to strengthen European dimensions of futures studies.

All research articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Related subjects » Innovation - Technology Management - International Economics / European Integration - Political Science - Population Studies - Sustainable Development

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Social Science Citation Index, Google Scholar, Academic Search, DOAJ, EBSCO Discovery Service, Emerging Sources Citation Index, OCLC, Summon by ProQuest

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    There is a significant need for European futures research as European countries face numerous substantial problems; at the same time they seek to make a contribution to solving global challenges. European regions “share” common experiences, divisions and conflicts – which altogether build a rich resource for critical examination as well as forward-looking renewal.


    European integration after World War II has reshaped political, economic and social relations in Europe and beyond. Therefore, the future of Europe will also depend on the further development of the European Union in its wider transnational and global contexts. Consequently, the journal seeks to foster thorough analysis of key European policies, such as those for research and education.


    Nonetheless, topics addressed in the journal are not limited to the (development of the) European Union; we invite articles that raise questions about European futures more generally. Interdisciplinary research is as welcome as are disciplinary studies, ranging from the social sciences and humanities to the natural sciences and engineering.


    Besides its empirical focus the journal promotes discussions about European traditions and perspectives in futures research. Another objective is to advance the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of futures studies.


    Possible fields of research and topics include but are not limited to:

    Society: demographic change; migration; gender and social relations; welfare society; inclusion and exclusion


    Politics: economic, financial, and political integration in the European Union; political participation and citizenship; European identity building; EU research, innovation, and (higher) education policies;


    Economy and Business Sectors: futures of work and labour, production and consumption; competitiveness and technological innovations; growth and sustainable development; social environment and entrepreneurship; futures of leisure, sports and tourism;


    Science and Technology: technology foresight and technology assessment; technoscience; radical technologies; logistics, transport and mobility; media and telecommunication; human enhancement; young generations and new technologies; European citizens and the broadband society;


    X-cutting Issues: gender-specific and diversity perspectives; sustainability; environmental challenges and the greening of Europe; climate change policies;


    Methodology and Methods: futures studies in comparative perspective; new research methods; integration of qualitative and quantitative methods; future-related uncertainties, risks, and ignorance;

    Philosophy of Science: epistemological and ontological questions; theory of futures studies; “new” forms of knowledge; post-positivist research approaches; ethical questions;

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