Foresight projects

Foresight projects give evidence to policymakers to help them create policies that are more resilient to the future.

Foresight 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 helping us understand or solve the issue
  • the topic is important for policymaking now or 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 or because there is uncertainty as to how an issue will develop

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

Horizon Scanning Programme Team Research Papers

Papers produced by the Horizon Scanning Programme Team, a collaboration between Cabinet Office and GOS to coordinates Futures work across government and integrate Futures into decision-making.

Horizon scanning research papers

Past projects: final reports

The final project reports of finished Foresight projects.

Published 31 October 2013
Last updated 23 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Horizon Scanning Programme Team Research Papers added to page.

  2. Added final reports for the Future of cities project.

  3. First published.