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Foresight projects

Foresight projects give evidence to policy-makers to help them make policies that are more resilient to the future.

Foresight projects last about 12 months. Project teams work with government departments, experts and academics to identify where new or emerging science can inform policy. There are certain criteria for selecting suitable topics for Foresight projects:

  • the issue has a strong science and research element, so that science can play a role in solving or helping us understand it
  • the topic is important for policy-making now or is likely to be in the future
  • one or more department(s) will champion the project
  • the topic is relevant to the UK
  • there is a significant future element to the issue, either because it relates to long term trends like climate change or ageing, or because there is uncertainty to how an issue will develop in the future

Current projects

Find out about our current projects and read some of the evidence being used to develop the final reports.

Keep up to date with our findings on the Foresight Projects blog.

Past projects: final reports

The final project reports of finished Foresight projects.

  1. Future of skills and lifelong learning

    • Research and analysis
  2. Technology and innovation futures 2017

    • Research and analysis
  3. Future of an ageing population

    • Research and analysis
  4. Future of cities: overview of evidence

    • Research and analysis
  5. Future of cities: science of cities

    • Research and analysis
  6. Future of cities: foresight for cities

    • Research and analysis
  7. Future of cities: graduate mobility

    • Research and analysis
  8. Future of manufacturing: a new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK

    • Research and analysis
  9. Future identities: changing identities in the UK

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

    • Research and analysis
  11. Technology and innovation futures 2012

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

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

    • Research and analysis
  14. International dimensions of climate change

    • Research and analysis
  15. Future of food and farming

    • Research and analysis
  16. Technology and innovation futures 2010

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

    • Research and analysis
  18. World trade: possible futures

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

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

    • Research and analysis
  21. Reducing obesity: future choices

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

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

    • Research and analysis
  24. Intelligent infrastructure futures

    • Research and analysis
  25. Drugs futures 2025

    • Research and analysis
  26. Cyber trust and crime prevention

    • Research and analysis
  27. Exploiting the electromagnetic spectrum

    • Research and analysis
  28. Future flooding

    • Research and analysis
  29. Cognitive systems

    • Research and analysis
Published 31 October 2013
Last updated 9 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added final reports for the Future of cities project.
  2. First published.