Collection

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

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

    • 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

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

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

    • Research and analysis
  4. International dimensions of climate change

    • Research and analysis
  5. Future of food and farming

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

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

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

    • Research and analysis
  9. Reducing obesity: future choices

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

    • Research and analysis
  11. Intelligent infrastructure futures

    • Research and analysis
  12. Drugs futures 2025

    • Research and analysis
  13. Cyber trust and crime prevention

    • Research and analysis
  14. Exploiting the electromagnetic spectrum

    • Research and analysis
  15. Future flooding

    • Research and analysis
  16. Cognitive systems

    • Research and analysis

Horizon scanning reports

Horizon scanning projects are short studies looking at discrete issues 10 to 15 years in the future.

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

    • Research and analysis
  2. World trade: possible futures

    • Research and analysis
  3. Sustainable energy management: role of science and technology

    • Research and analysis