Jennifer M. Gidley

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As a Co-Founder and Director of Research of the Oceanic Research Institute (ORI), I am thrilled that it is now a fully-fledged Australian Approved Research Institute with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, endorsed by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). ORI has attracted, inspired and secured the involvement of a first-class team of renowned international researchers to form our inaugural Research Committee. Several of these researchers have been working with us informally for up to four years.

While I am humbled to be working with such a remarkable team of scientists and leaders, I believe I can contribute significantly from my own academic and leadership experience as a ‘sustainable futures’ researcher, deeply concerned about the state of the oceans and the immanent threats to humanity of what the UK Parliament now declares is a “climate emergency” and particularly sea level rise. In particular, my eight years leadership experience as President of the World Futures Studies Federation, a UNESCO and UN-ECOSOC Partner, and global peak body for futures researchers across 60 countries, should be of value to the work of the ORI Research Committee and its undertakings.

Here are links to papers that I have published in the area of climate research.

Gidley, Jennifer M, et al (2009) Participatory Futures Methods: Towards Adaptability and Resilience in Climate-Vulnerable Communities Environmental Policy and Governance Env. Pol. Gov. 19, 427–440 

Gidley, Jennifer M. (2016) Understanding the Breadth of Futures Studies through a Dialogue with Climate Change World Futures Review Vol. 8(1) 24 –38.




BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Future” by Richard Slaughter in ‘Foresight’

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The Future: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer M. Gidley (OUP, 2017)

BOOK REVIEW by Richard Slaughter, Founder: Foresight International, Brisbane

In the journal Foresight, 20(4): 443-446.


“[A] thoroughly researched and beautifully expressed invitation to look deeper at this fascinating field of enquiry…

Chapter [two] – futures multiplied – draws on a variety of sources to show how during the 1960s futures enquiry moved steadily away from empirical and extrapolative concerns toward more pluralistic approaches consistent with developments in the social sciences. This provides far greater meaning and explanatory power to notions of alternatives in general and alternative futures in particular. Futures enquiry became more democratic and global.

Chapter three on the ‘evolving scholarship of futures studies’ covers a lot of ground without sacrificing a certain necessary degree of depth. The main device employed is to show the evolution of the field from ‘critical -‘ to ‘cultural -‘ to ‘participatory -‘ and then finally to ‘integral futures.’ This is entirely appropriate as it both reflects more recent developments to futures per se as well as some of the ‘layers’ or approaches within futures work…

[Chapter four] turns to what is ironically termed ‘crystal balls, flying cars and robots.’ Such ‘pop futures’ icons are firmly put in their place and a refreshingly brief but effective critique advanced of the ‘transhumanist’ fallacy – i.e., that humans could one day merge with their machines…

The next theme is the conflict or tension between ‘technotopian’ and ‘human-centred futures’ … it clearly draws on the author’s own philosophical commitments and her impressive body of work…

[Chapter six] summarises both the great global challenges of our time and the equally broad range of global future alternatives that represent a collective ‘tool kit’ of possible responses.

It is well researched, concise and lucidly written. This excellent book also contains a useful guide to further reading and websites as well as a handy index.”




An Introduction to the Future with VSI

An Introduction to the Future with VSI

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“The Future/المستقبل”

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“The Future/المستقبل”- Translated by the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities هيئة البحرين للثقافة والآثار as part of the ‘Knowledge Transfer Project’ Directed by Prof Tahar Labib

Arabic translation of ‘The Future: A Very Short Introduction’ by Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities ‘Knowledge Transfer Project’ (Dir Prof Tahar Labib).

“The Future/المستقبل” available in all book fairs in the Arab region, major libraries in Arab countries, Saqi books/UK, Jarir books/USA. Bookshops stocking the book include:


‘One of the most Important Contributions to the Futures Studies Field’

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