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Centre for Future Societies Research

Research theme/s: Food theme icon Global economy theme icon Health and wellbeing theme icon Heritage culture theme icon Information and security theme icon Space theme icon

Centre for Future Societies Research carries out interdisciplinary investigations into complex ways of making our future world a better place. It gathers over 50 academic and research staff across seven academic Schools, including: 16 Professors, two Associate Professors and over 30 other members of staff. This creates an exceptionally diverse collection of knowledge and expertise that is commensurable with the hard and open problems of increasing our understanding for the ways of creating better future societies.

The Centre links to the six university research themes of food, global economy, health and wellbeing, heritage, cultures and communities, information and security, and space. Its research areas are compatible with the areas of the University Alliance (UA) Doctoral Training Alliance focus on Future Societies, including:

  • Resource Sustainability: food / water / energy;
  • Citizen Equality: poverty / education / justice / inequality; and
  • Societal Challenges: health / ageing / housing / climate / security / transport.

While the research themes and the Doctoral Training Alliance research strands have the ingredients of future societies, the Centre combines these ingredients in a range of joined-up ways to seek recipes for future societies. These recipes are evaluated using rigorous interdisciplinary methods in the context of global scenarios and the UN Sustainable Development Goals to create insights into the pathways towards values-led change in the global development.

The Centre members have national and international collaborations with over 100 institutions, which makes the Centre ideally placed to apply its critical mass and collective knowledge towards a better future for all.

Lubo Jankovic

Professor Ljubomir Jankovic

Ljubomir is Director of the Centre for Future Societies Research at the University of Hertfordshire.

He is also a Professor of Advanced Building Design at the School of Creative Arts where he conducts interdisciplinary research and runs Zero Carbon Lab.

His research is focused in two interconnected areas: zero carbon design research and complexity science design research, including nature-inspired computation. He applied a combination of these areas to urban modelling, which through EU and EPSRC grant funding resulted in increased understanding of future behaviour of cities and established the ingredients for resilient design of urban futures.