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European Journal of Futures Research

European Journal of Futures Research

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

ISSN: 2195-2248 (electronic version)

Journal no. 40309


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


Christine Ahrend, Technische Universität Berlin, D

Erik F. Øverland, President, World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF)

Reinhold Popp, Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, A

Ulrich Reinhardt, West Coast University of Applied Science, D


Managing Editor:

Nele Fischer, Institut Futur, Free University Berlin, D

Sascha Dannenberg, 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 University Tübingen, D 

Toni Ahlqvist,  University of Turku, FIN

Per Dannemand Andersen, Technical University of Denmark, DK 

Daniel Barben, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, A 

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), Karlsruhe, D 

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

Philippe Destatte, The Destree Institute, Wallonia Institute of Foreign Research; University of Mons; Paris Diderot University; Millennium Project Europe, B 

Sascha Dickel, Technische Universität München, D 

Peter Egg, University of Innsbruck; Verein Mitbestimmung, A 

Bernd Eisenstein, West Coast University of Applied Science, D

Susanne Elsen, Free University of 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

Edgar Göll, IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, Berlin, D

Volker Grienitz, University of Siegen, D 

Armin Grunwald, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, 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 Jenssen, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, N 

Jari Kaivo-oja, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku; University of Helsinki; University of Lapland 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, Berlin, D 

Stefan Kuhlmann, University of Twente, NL 

Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen, NO

Osmo Kuusi, Aalto University, FI; Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, FI

Peter H. Mettler, D 

Riel Miller, Danish Technological Institute, DK

Christian Neuhaus, FUTURESAFFAIRS – Büro für aufgeklärte Zukunftsforschung, Berlin, D 

Iver B. Neumann, Oslo Metropolitan University, NO

Erzsébet Nováky, Corvinus University of Budapest, H 

Michael Opielka, ISÖ – Institut für Sozialökologie gemeinnützige GmbH, Siegburg; Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences, Jena, D 

Ulf Pillkahn, FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management, Essen; Technische Universität München, 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 University of Applied Sciences, Jena, D 

Tobias Schröder, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, D 

Tim Schwanen, University of Oxford, UK 

Matti Sintonen, University of Helsinki, FI 

Sari Söderlund, University of Turku, FI 

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

Barrie Stevens, OECD International Futures Programme, Paris, F 

Anastasia Stratigea, National Technical University of Athens, GR 

Harro van Lente, Maastricht University, NL 

Philip van Notten, Fairsights, NL 

Victor van Rij, University of Amsterdam, NL 

Heiko von der Gracht, Steinbeis University Berlin, School of International Business and Entrepeneurship, D

Joseph Voros, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, AUS 

Philine Warnke, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe, D 


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    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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