Foresight for Science, Technology and Innovation

Ian Miles, Ozcan Saritas, Alexander Sokolov

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​Decision-makers at all levels are being confronted with novel complexities and uncertainties and face long-term challenges which require foresight about long-term future prospects, assumptions, and strategies. This book explores how foresight studies can be systematically undertaken and used in this context. It explicates why and how methods like horizon scanning, scenario planning, and roadmapping should be applied when dealing with high levels of uncertainty. The scope of the book moves beyond “narrow” technology foresight, towards addressing systemic interrelations between social, technological, economic, environmental, and political systems. Applications of foresight tools to such fields as energy, cities, health, transportation, education, and sustainability are considered as well as enabling technologies including nano-, bio-, and information technologies and cognitive sciences. The approaches are illustrated with specific actual cases.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages270
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-32574-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-32572-9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Publication series

NameScience, Technology and Innovation Studies


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