Anticipatory Governance

Strategic Foresight

In fast-changing times as we see today, it is not enough to remedy deficits as they become apparent, but it is necessary to rather pursue a strategic and sometimes even visionary view on the future direction to take.

Anticipatory Governance addresses major methodological and conceptual challenges for RTI policy and governance research. A strong emphasis is put on participatory methods of strategic foresight for government policy and firms, and on new forms of policy interventions and the assessment of their impacts on R&I systems and networks. These two methodological program lines underpin a third line of research work on the governance of longer-term transformations of R&I systems, in particular in areas where major societal challenges need to be addressed.



Foresight & Governance

The AIT is a competence node for companies and an important partner for universities and research organizations; it acts as an important think tank for the Austrian and European policy. Our scientists focus on innovation research concerning the grand challenges of the future.

Research and innovation are expected to contribute not only to enhancing competitiveness and growth, but also to tackling major societal challenges in a broad spectrum of domains, such as health, energy supply, security or mobility. This requires establishing a new generation of forward-looking and reflexive governance approaches, both in government and individual firms and organizations.

With our future-oriented work all the different phases of the policy cycle are covered, as well as cross-cutting systemic issues. Next to system analysis and foresight, this may entail devising and experimenting with new policy instruments, often in close cooperation with the different stakeholders affected. Evaluating the impact of strategies and instruments – both ex-ante and ex-post – will be crucial to ensure policy learning, as is the regular monitoring of R&I systems and their context.