The Institute for Future Studies is an independent research foundation where researchers from different social science disciplines conduct research on issues that are of great importance for the future of our society.
The institute has two tasks, one of which is to conduct future studies, to promote a future-oriented perspective in Swedish research, and to use and develop appropriate theory and methodology. Research is guided by research programs, and the current program includes research on climate change, new technologies, prejudices that govern our actions, who will make what decisions, and the well-being of our young. The researchers at the institute mainly conduct research in this program. The second mission is to stimulate an open and broad discussion about possibilities and threats to future social development. The Institute does this by organizing seminars, publishing reports and communicating research via newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and this site, but also by their researchers participating in debates, visiting politicians, government agencies and companies, and sharing their knowledge through public media.