Improving the link between the futures field and policymaking

Cornelis van Dorsser*, Warren E. Walker, Poonam Taneja, Vincent A.W.J. Marchau

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Policymakers need to make policies for unknown and uncertain futures. Researchers in the futures field have a great deal to contribute to the policymaking process. But, futures research is often neglected as an element of policymaking. The aim of this paper is to improve the link between futures research and policymaking. More specifically, as Policy Analysis has a strong link with policymaking, this paper explores the possibility of linking Policy Analysis to the futures field through the use of an uncertainty typology applied in Policy Analysis. The typology can be used to structure the various forward-looking disciplines (or subfields) of the futures field according to the level of uncertainty that they address. This linkage can add significantly to the use of futures research in policymaking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • Forecasting
  • Foresight
  • Futures studies
  • Policy analysis
  • Uncertainty


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