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European Journal of Futures Research

European Journal of Futures Research

Editor-in-Chief: C. Ahrend; D. Barben; G. de Haan; R. Popp; U. Reinhardt

ISSN: 2195-2248 (electronic version)

Journal no. 40309


Christine Ahrend, Technical University of Berlin, D

Daniel Barben, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt | Wien Graz, A

Gerhard de Haan, Institut Futur, Free University Berlin, D

Reinhold Popp, Salzburg, A

Ulrich Reinhardt, BAT-Foundation for Future Studies, D


Team of Editors:

Annemarie Hochkönig, Center for Futures Studies, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, A

Sascha Dannenberg, Institut Futur, Free University Berlin, D

Björn Helbig, Institut Futur, Free University Berlin, D

Erik F. Øverland, Institut Futur, Free University Berlin, D


Academic Board:

Mika Aaltonen, StraX – The Research Unit for Strategic Intelligence and Exploration of Futures at Aalto University, FI

Gabriele Abels, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, D

Toni Ahlqvist, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland, Foresight and Socio-Technical Change; University of Turku, FI

Per Dannemand Andersen, Technical University of Denmark, DK

Enric Bas, FUTURLAB-Laboratory of Creative Futures, University of Alicante, E

David Coleman, Oxford University, UK

Kerstin Cuhls, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI); Heidelberg University, D

Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Malta Council for Science and Technology, MT

Philippe Destatte, Destree Institute; European College for Regional Foresight; Millennium Project Europe, B

Sascha Dickel, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), D

Peter Egg, University of Innsbruck; Verein Mitbestimmung, A

Susanne Elsen, Libera Università di Bolzano, I

Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, I

Maria Giaoutzi, National Technical University of Athens, GR

Jennifer M. Gidley, World Futures Studies Federation, AUS

Susanne Giesecke, AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, A

Volker Grienitz, University of Siegen, D

Armin Grunwald, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB), D

Sirkka Heinonen, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, F

Peter Heintel, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, A

Robin Hickman, University College London, UK

Eva Hideg, Corvinus University of Budapest, H

Stefanie Reinert Jenssen, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, N

Jari Kaivo-oja, University of Lapland; Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, FI

Jan Erik Karlsen, University of Stavanger, N

Christos Kassimeris, European University Cyprus, CY

Kornelia Konrad, University of Twente, NL

Rolf Kreibich, SFZ: Sekretariat für Zunkunftsforchung, D

Cordula Kropp, Munich University of Applied Sciences, D

Stefan Kuhlmann, University of Twente, NL

Osmo Kuusi, VATT – Government Institute for Economic Research, F

Peter H. Mettler, FutureManagementGroup AG, Eltville, D

Riel Miller, UNESCO

Christian Neuhaus, Berlin, D

Iver B. Neumann, London School of Economics, UK; Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, N

Erzsébet Nováky, Corvinus University of Budapest, H

Michael Opielka, IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, D

Alex S. Pang, Oxford University, UK; Stanford University, USA

Ulf Pillkahn, Siemens AG, D

Roberto Poli, University of Trento, I

Rafael Popper, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester, UK

Ortwin Renn, University of Stuttgart, D

Arie Rip, University of Twente, NL

Bartolomeo Sapio, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Rome, I

Thomas Sauer, Ernst-Abbe-Fachhochschule Jena – University of Applied Sciences, D

Tobias Schröder, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, D

Tim Schwanen, University of Oxford, UK

Matti Sintonen, University of Helsinki, FI

Sari Söderlund, Finland Futures Academy (FFA) and Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Turku, FI

Karlheinz Steinmüller, Z_punkt GmbH The Foresight Company, Berlin, D

Barrie Stevens, OECD International Futures Programme, F

Anastasia Stratigea, National Technical University of Athens, GR

Harro van Lente, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, NL

Philip van Notten, Fairsights, NL

Victor van Rij, University of Amsterdam, NL

Heiko von der Gracht, Institute of Corporate Education e. V. (incore), D

Joseph Voros, Swinburne University of Technology, AUS

Philine Warnke, AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, A



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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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