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Foresight projects

Foresight uses the latest scientific evidence and futures analysis to address complex issues and provide strategic options for policy.

Foresight projects examine either an important public policy issue where science might be part of the solution, or a scientific topic where potential applications and technologies are yet to be realised.

Current projects

Policy futures reports

Policy futures projects are short 6 to 12 month studies which provide futures and evidence analysis to fill a specific gap in current policy understanding.

  1. Future identities: changing identities in the UK

    • 21 January 2013
    • Research and analysis
  2. Reducing risk of future disasters: priorities for decision makers

    • 27 November 2012
    • Research and analysis

Foresight reports

Foresight projects are in-depth 2-year studies which build a comprehensive evidence base on major issues looking 20 to 80 years into the future.

  1. Future of manufacturing: a new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK

    • 30 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  2. Future of computer trading in financial markets: an international perspective

    • 23 October 2012
    • Research and analysis
  3. Migration and global environmental change: future challenges and opportunities

    • 20 October 2011
    • Research and analysis
  4. International dimensions of climate change

    • 11 July 2011
    • Research and analysis
  5. Future of food and farming

    • 24 January 2011
    • Research and analysis
  6. Land use futures: making the most of land in the 21st century

    • 26 February 2010
    • Research and analysis
  7. Sustainable energy management and the built environment

    • 26 November 2008
    • Research and analysis
  8. Mental capital and wellbeing: making the most of ourselves in the 21st century

    • 22 October 2008
    • Research and analysis
  9. Reducing obesity: future choices

    • 17 October 2007
    • Research and analysis
  10. Infectious diseases: preparing for the future

    • 26 April 2006
    • Research and analysis
  11. Intelligent infrastructure futures

    • 26 January 2006
    • Research and analysis
  12. Drugs futures 2025

    • 13 July 2005
    • Research and analysis
  13. Cyber trust and crime prevention

    • 10 June 2004
    • Research and analysis
  14. Exploiting the electromagnetic spectrum

    • 29 April 2004
    • Research and analysis
  15. Future flooding

    • 22 April 2004
    • Research and analysis
  16. Cognitive systems

    • 30 November 2003
    • Research and analysis

Horizon scanning reports

The Horizon Scanning Centre does short projects looking at discrete issues 10 to 15 years in the future.

  1. Technology and innovation futures: UK growth opportunities for the 2020s

    • 23 November 2012
    • Research and analysis
  2. Sustainable energy management: role of science and technology

    • 4 January 2007
    • Research and analysis

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