Recent Developments in Foresight Methodologies

  • Maria Giaoutzi
  • Bartolomeo Sapio

Part of the Complex Networks and Dynamic Systems book series (CNDS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Giaoutzi, Bartolomeo Sapio
      Pages 3-9
  3. Theorizing About Foresight Methodologies

  4. System Content Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Totti Könnölä, Toni Ahlqvist, Annele Eerola, Sirkku Kivisaari, Raija Koivisto
      Pages 133-164
    3. Bartolomeo Sapio, Enrico Nicolò
      Pages 177-186
  5. Foresight Tools and Approaches

About this book


Foresight is an area within Futures Studies that focuses on critical thinking concerning long term developments, whether within the public sector or in industry and management, and is something of a sub-section of complexity and network science. This book examines developments in foresight methodologies and relates in its greater part to the work done in the context of the COSTA22 network of the EU on Foresight Methodologies. Foresight is a professional practice that supports significant decisions, and as such it needs to be more assured of its claims to knowledge (methodology). Foresight is practiced across many domains and is not the preserve of specialized ‘futurists’, or indeed of foresight specialists. However, the disciplines of foresight are not well articulated or disseminated across domains, leading to re-inventions and practice that does not make best use of experience in other domains.


The methodological development of foresight is an important task that aims at strengthening the pool of the tools available for application, thereby empowering the actors involved in foresight practice. Elaborating further on methodological issues, such as those presented in the present book, enables the actors involved in foresight to begin to critique current practice from this perspective and, thirdly, to begin to design foresight practice. The present trends towards methodological concerns indicates a move from ‘given’ expert-predicted futures to one in which futures are nurtured through a dialogue among “stakeholders.” The book has four parts, each elaborating on a set of aspects of foresight methodologies. After an introductory section, Part II considers theorizing about foresight methodologies. Part III covers system content issues, and Part IV presents foresight tools and approaches.


Foresight Futures Studies Regional Planning Scenario planning Strategic Forecasting Technological Foresight

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Giaoutzi
    • 1
  • Bartolomeo Sapio
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of Geography and Regional PlaNational Technical University AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Fondazione Ugo BordoniRomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5214-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5215-7
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