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Energizing Futures: Investigating the Infusion of IT and Design into Novel Foresight Practices (ENERGIZING FUTURES)
Start date: May 19, 2014, End date: May 18, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project advances applied and theoretical research into novel foresight methods. Taking the governance of emerging energy technologies as a case, this research investigates scenarios mediated through cutting-edge gaming, visualization, simulation and design techniques. This project involves two phases of qualitative research to empirically investigate the make-up, impact and products of novel foresight methods employed in the energy sector. Drawing on perspectives of anticipation, materiality and governance in the field of Science, Technology and Society (STS), this project seeks to 1) create a taxonomy of mediated scenarios; 2) characterize the nature and workings of such innovative foresight practices; and 3) develop two in-depth case studies involving the use of such scenarios in the field of energy in order to reveal the varied configurations of agency, temporality and culture inscribed in the practice. Through these inquiries, this project builds up STS scholarship on anticipation and contributes to understanding best practices of foresight by elucidating the nature and workings of novel methods. Drawing on a strong existing research program and a well-developed international network of scenario practitioners and interdisciplinary scholars, this research is situated within the Technology and Innovation Management Division at the Danish Technological University’s Department for Management Engineering with Professor, Dr. Per Dannemand Anderson as the scientist in charge.
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