InHouse&Guests Workshop

Knowledge Construction Through Scenario Building

5 April 2016

In 2016 and 2017, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research will place great emphasis on research on scenarios, futures, and forecasts and their relation to problems of global cooperation such as climate change, migration, and terrorism. In this context, the Centre will host a series of events featuring renowned experts to further reflect on and engage with this growing field. How is relevant knowledge in different policy fields constructed through research instruments of making sense about the future?
This workshop tackled this goal by exploring the use of qualitative methods and their refinement within the field of future research and scenario building. Various methods such as scenario building, the Shell method and counterfactual thinking were examined in detail. Furthermore, these research tools were not only presented as forecasting instruments but were also explained in terms of practical experiences. All in all, this workshop provided essential insight into how to complete research through scenarios, futures, and prognoses using innovative qualitative methodology.

Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Schifferstr. 44, Duisburg