What we do in the present is profoundly influenced by our expectations of our futures. Join us for an interactive course to understand how techniques of futuring contribute to realizing societal transformations towards sustainability: living well equitably within ecological means. Learn how to imagine positive futures and mobilize to achieve them in a democratic and participatory fashion. Understand futuring techniques including scenario planning, modeling, backcasting, experiential futuring, arts-based approaches, science fiction, and design. Try out these techniques by experimenting in a real-world setting in workstudio sessions. This course builds your capacity to develop new imaginaries and alternative sustainability pathways.
This course is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. You have the opportunity to learn from and engage with experts in diverse futuring techniques. You will dialogue with other course participants and test out these techniques in a case study location. The week combines a more traditional classroom setting with studio locations. Further details on the design of the course will be released in early 2019.
For more information about the Urban Futures Studio please visit us here:
Course coordinators - Urban Futures Studio, Utrecht University:
dr. Vanessa Timmer, lead coordinator
Prof. dr. Maarten Hajer
dr. Wytske Versteeg
dr. Jesse Hoffman
dr. Peter Pelzer
Chantal Campman, UFS Secretary and Office Manage
Prof. dr. Maarten Hajer (Utrecht University)
dr. Vanessa Timmer (Utrecht University)
dr. Jesse Hoffman (Utrecht University)
Suzanne Potjer (Utrecht University)
dr. Roy Bendor (Delft University)
dr. Dan Hassler-Forest (Utrecht University)
dr. Lenneke Kuijer (Eindhoven University
Prof. dr. John Robinson (University of Toronto)
Prof. dr. Andy Stirling (University of Sussex)
dr. Joost Vervoort (Utrecht University)
Prof. dr. Detlef van Vuuren (Utrecht University)
And others to be announced.
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We welcome you to send us a motivation letter or alternatively send us another creative approach to express your interest in this course (e.g., slides, video, storyboard). Please also include your c.v.
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
dr. Vanessa Timmer - email@example.com