UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development

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Welcome to the Lincoln UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development

The Lincoln UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development was established in January 2019. It was created to help address the global challenges of sustainable development through research and responsible foresight practices.  

Our mission is to work with communities to construct better futures in North-South collaboration, reframing the future, developing new knowledge, and addressing sustainable development goals.  

Our purpose is to reimagine, co-create, co-learn, and share new knowledge that leads to more sustainable and responsible futures. The Chair members work collaboratively with partners to develop greater capacity for responsible foresight, especially in Global South contexts.  

Our aim is to help build joint capacity to shape the future.

Research Themes and Sustainable Development Goals

Our research is embedded in the following University research themes, a unique set of areas that key into our goals as a civic university undertaking internationally significant research with local relevance, and as researchers engaged in the pursuit of excellence. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals badges represent our research and collaborations in terms of their contribution to the issues the world faces today and into the future.

Building Capacity to Reimagine the Future 

We co-produce knowledge through partnerships with institutions in the Global South, mainly in Higher Education and NGOs. Projects involve the creation of new knowledge and new practices through research, education, and training. Foresight as practice helps to explore and reimagine the future.  

Our projects are concerned with understanding and achieving better futures – not as a distant place but as a desirable state created through what we can achieve today. The future is a real and significant space for inspiring the development of aspiration and capabilities. We take an explicit focus on creating futures responsibly; on ways to frame and imagine futures; on achieving possible transformations; on the multiple competencies required to create better futures; and on enabling specific action. 

This is not a predictive forecasting exercise, but an anticipatory process of intention, policy, practices, and critical articulation of consequences. Asking questions such as: how does our joint research and expertise change the way that the future is framed and anticipated? How can the capacity to shape the future be developed?

This means putting extant knowledge and expertise to work as futures thinking. The process of engaging with the future is intended to influence learning, education, research, applied practices, and policy. And from such activities all of us can gain new knowledge to develop more effective and inclusive approaches. 

Our activities for the coming years include:  

  • Research and Capacity Building Events 
  • Responsible Futures  
  • Anticipatory Research and Impact 
  • Facilitating Research  
  • Exchanges and Partnerships 
  • Doctoral Studies  
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2022 Lincoln UNESCO Chair Global Symposium

The UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development, University of Lincoln, invites partners, affiliates and guests to contribute to, and participate in, the First Global Symposium: Partnerships in Knowledge for Sustainable Futures. The purpose of this symposium is to share and build knowledge on ways to combine and use research, experience, and education, in South-North partnerships to help create conditions for responsible, sustainable futures.

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An online symposium, November 24th, 2022 Contributing to UNESCO World Futures Day

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Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln, LN5 7AT, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1522 835509 | Email: libs@lincoln.ac.uk