Course Offerings


  • Future-based Methods


  • Anticipatory Governance

"Futurists work with the future; they don't just imagine the future, they use it in decision-making processes."

Roberto Poli, PhD

Roberto Poli (PhD Utrecht) is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Trento (Italy). Poli leads the UNESCO Chair on Anticipatory Systems; he teaches Social Foresight and Epistemology of the Social Sciences and directs the Master in Social Foresight, currently in its ninth edition. Poli is a fellow of the STIAS — Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. He is the President of AFI-Association of Italian Futurists, and Skopìa, a company offering professional anticipation services. Poli belongs to the editorial committees of many journals (including Futures and European Journal of Future Research). Poli has published 7 volumes; the last being Working with the future, Milan, Bocconi University Press 2019. He is editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Anticipation (Springer). Poli has edited more than 20 volumes or special issues of journals and published more than 250 scientific papers. He is presently editing the Handbook of Futures Studies, to be published by Elgar in 2024.

Message from Roberto Poli