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. 

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Kaethe is a Ph.D. candidate in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She holds a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning and a M.S. in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Her research and practice focus on urban planning and design, resilience, and strategic foresight.

Joshua Loughman is a lecturer in the Fulton Schools of engineering and directs the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. His research interests are at the intersection of renewable energy transitions, scenarios and other futures techniques, and modeling complex systems.


JP Nelson studies socio-technical systems, science and technology policy, and ethics.  He’s interested in futures studies as an intersection between possible worlds construction and decision-making under uncertainty.  When not pursuing his studies or running for ASU Track/Cross Country, JP reads and studies social game design.