This workshop was a day full of energy, insightful presentations, and fruitful discussions!
Acting Towards Promising Futures workshop

The workshop was organised by Business School doctoral researchers Alex Christian (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Eduardo Hernandez (Strategy) and Philipp Lutz (Accounting and Finance). Funded through the School's 'PhD World Class Workshop' scheme, the 'Acting Towards Promising Futures' workshop took place on Friday 17 June 2022 in the Conference Room at the Business School.

PhD world class workshop attendee taking notes
World class workshop presenter standing in front of double screens saying 'questions we might know more about at the end of today'

The workshop offered 7 insightful presentations by senior and doctoral researchers coming from a range of different disciplines, such as Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Science and Technology Studies, Organisation Studies, Market Studies, Strategy, and CSR, with a common scholarly interest in the study of futures.

World class workshop attendees talking

Thanks to the amazing speakers and to a highly engaged audience, the workshop was a big success and fostered a truly stimulating interdisciplinary conversation on the topic of 'future-making'.

World class workshop attendee in mint green shirt talking to presenter

It was a day full of energy, insightful presentations, and fruitful discussions, which continued at the wine reception on the Business School Concourse, and followed on into the late evening hours over dinner and drinks.

Below you can see some impressions of the presentations taking place at the workshop:

Liz McFall presenting her research
Liz McFall (School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh) presenting 'Markets, prospects, and plans'.
Neil Thompson presenting his research
Neil Thompson (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) presenting 'Making futures through imagination'.
Matthias Wenzel presenting his research remotely
Matthias Wenzel (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg) presenting 'Future work: a practice perspective' virtually.
Alex Christian presenting his research
Alex Christian (University of Edinburgh Business School) presenting 'The future-making practice of evaluating emerging innovations in health and social care'.
Neil Pollock presenting his research
Neil Pollock (University of Edinburgh Business School) presenting 'Hype cycles of the digital economy'.
Eduardo Hernandez presenting his research
Eduardo Hernandez (University of Edinburgh Business School) presenting 'When promises face reality: navigating tensions in corporate community engagement processes'.
Fumi Kitagawa presenting her research
Fumi Kitagawa (University of Edinburgh Business School) presenting 'Place-based future visioning: developing and deploying the Opportunity Areas Analysis Tool'.

Many thanks again to everyone who participated in our 'Acting Towards Promising Futures' workshop. We hope to continue this stimulating interdisciplinary conversation on the topic of future studies with you!

Alex, Philipp, and Eduardo