Center for the Study of Futures

Reimagine the future

The Center for the Study of Futures offers futures research, experimental practice, and innovative foresight training for diverse audiences. 

The Center for the Study of Futures at Arizona State University builds a cross-disciplinary capacity to imagine a rich variety of plausible futures, reflect on what those futures demand from us, and design pathways toward positive outcomes. By investigating and inventing new theories and methods for creating better futures, the Center aims to nurture and amplify future-oriented scholarship and practice.


CSF Academy

The Futures Academy trains the next generation of future-savvy students, researchers, and professionals by building up their anticipatory competence.



The Futures Lab rallies scholars and practitioners from ASU and beyond to conduct critical and innovative futures research.


CSF Enterprise

The Futures Enterprise leverages the Center’s research to put foresight into practice by offering bespoke applied research and foresight processes. 

Featured Projects

Advancing the theoretical and practical impacts of scenario planning, the OFF is a triennial two-day meeting of practitioners and scholars geared towards nurturing new collaborations in research, practice, and education.

Looking beyond the latest gadgetry of the Internet of Things, SHINE instead takes on a human-centered lens and asks: What are the social, ethical, cultural and legal dimensions of the proliferation of so-called “smart” objects and environments?

Cities are on the front lines of climate change and are responding in kind, working to build resilient urban systems and decarbonize. CapaCity develops and exchanges tools and knowledge that enable city administrations to implement sustainability solutions and make future-ready cities.



By creating new methods, concepts and platforms for confronting uncertainties, Dr. Cynthia Selin’s work-- as a social scientist and a scenario practitioner— stimulates improved strategic capacities and foresight.

Dr. Keeler studies how different people with different professional responsibilities understand and make sense of the future and how futures are created through professional practice.

Michael Bennett is an associate research professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Center for Science and the Imagination, and a lecturer in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.