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Abstract of my PhD Thesis on 21st Century Foresight

September 26, 2011 Comments off

21st Century Foresight offers a comprehensive study of ‘foresight’ as an instrument of policy. It covers the development of foresight methodology, the design of foresight activities and their evaluation.

The thesis is based on eleven publications collectively making significant contributions to knowledge about global foresight practices and applications in different domains (i.e. research areas and socio-economic sectors).  New conceptual frameworks developed include the Foresight Diamond, the SMART Futures Jigsaw and the Methods Combination Matrix (MCM), which can be used as tools for futures research, practical work in the design and management of forward-looking activities and knowledge transfer on foresight. The thesis shows both generalised and specific contributions to knowledge. The former is best demonstrated with the development of a “fully-fledged evaluation” framework with twenty criteria, the identification of critical factors influencing the selection of foresight methods (e.g. geo-R&D context) and the use of network analysis techniques in foresight. The latter is prominent throughout the thesis with examples including the results of particular evaluations and the profiles of foresight practices in Europe and Latin America. A prevailing theme is the use of mapping and benchmarking approaches to evaluate foresight practices and reveal a more detailed understanding of the impacts of foresight in science, technology and innovation systems. The theoretical contributions (e.g. using exploratory research and catastrophe theory) are complemented with a set of practical instruments providing methodological basis and guidelines for increasing the efficiency and outcome of foresight and horizon scanning activities.

Overall, the thesis demonstrates original contributions to five distinct yet interconnected areas of knowledge: foresight methodology; foresight practices in Europe and the world; foresight in Latin America; foresight evaluation; and the evaluation of national technology foresight programmes. The various approaches used to frame the morphology of foresight – supported with evidence, comparisons and evaluations – are the main contributions to knowledge.

Opening of the Centre of Foresight Studies (CEP) in Mexico

March 19, 2010 Comments off

On the 19th of March 2010, the Institute of Management and Public Administration of the State of Mexico (IAPEM) opened a new Centre for Foresight Studies (CEP). The ceremony began with welcoming remarks from the President of IAPEN, Isidro Muñoz Rivera, who introduced some of the rationales and specific objectives of the Centre of Foresight Studies (CEP), for example: to undertake foresight studies in a context characterised by constant paradigm transformation; to visualise scenarios for better management and public administration practices; and to achieve desirable and possible futures through effective governance and participative policy-making.

This was followed by a few words from the Head of the National Advisory Board of the Centre, Yuri Serbolov Palos, who briefly introduced the Mexican activities and major players in foresight. Subsequently, the Director of CEP, Christian Alvarado, introduced the two international speakers: Rafael Popper (keynote on Global Foresight Practices and Trends) and Javier Medina (keynote on Foresight in Latin America).

After the keynotes, a commemorative plaque was unveiled. The English translation reads:

IAPEM
A space of reflection for good governance

On the Nineteenth of March of 2010 was the inauguration of the
CENTRE FOR FORESIGHT STUDIES
With the presence of the distinguished foresighters:
Rafael Popper
University of Manchester, England
Javier Medina
Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Toluca
, State of Mexico

 

Opening of the Foresight Studies Centre (CEP, Toluca, Mexico)

Opening of the Foresight Studies Centre (CEP, State of Mexico, Mexico)

Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence: Outstanding Paper Award Winner

March 2, 2009 Comments off
Outstanding Paper Award

Award for Excellence

Letter from Emerald Literati Network
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Dear Rafael Popper,

Emerald Literati Network
2009 Awards for Excellence

Every year Emerald invites each journal’s Editorial Team to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous 12 months. Your paper has been included among these and I am pleased to inform you that your article entitled How are foresight methods selected published in foresight has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009.

The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or managers. Your paper has been selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2008.

The Awards for Excellence 2009 can be found at the following site:
http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?PHPSESSID=jjg6t8jcj769sl7vnfro1426v2&year=2009&journal=fs

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and once again, thank you for writing for an Emerald journal and congratulations on your success!

Kind Regards,

Emma Stevenson
External Relations Assistant
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
United Kingdom

Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence: Highly Commended Award Winner

March 2, 2009 Leave a comment
Highly Commended Paper Award

2009 Awards for Excellence

Letter from Emerald Literati Network
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Dear Rafael Popper,

Emerald Literati Network
2009 Awards for Excellence

Every year Emerald invites each journal’s Editorial Team to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous 12 months. Your paper has been included among these and I am pleased to inform you that your article entitled Comparing foresight style in six world regions published in foresight has been chosen as an Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009.

The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or managers. Your paper has been selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2008.

The Awards for Excellence 2009 can be found at the following site:
http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?PHPSESSID=jjg6t8jcj769sl7vnfro1426v2&year=2009&journal=fs

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and once again, thank you for writing for an Emerald journal and congratulations on your success!

Kind Regards,

Emma Stevenson
External Relations Assistant
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
United Kingdom