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Extending the perimeter of reflexive debate on futures research: An open framework

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Theoretical and methodological crossover between the field of Futures Studies and environmental research has proven instrumental in understanding environmental long-term dynamics. However, the scale taken today by studies and research on such dynamics creates a new challenge for futurists and environmental scientists, as many set patterns of thought or research in both communities will have to be re-examined. For futurists, it will be necessary to go beyond attempts to standardize Futures Studies methods. The alternative is to promote theoretical and methodological reflexion within the rapidly expanding life-size (and not workshop size) fora of scholarly and policy debate. It will also mean overcoming the regime of metonymical hustle whereby once and again, a new school of thought tries to redefine the entire field and reduce it to its own purpose, concepts and toolkit. This paper proposes an "open" framework as a guide for each study on futures to make explicit the specific and fundamental choices it rests on. It is meant as an invitation to step back and consider new beginnings in a workspace open to the widest possible diversity and scale of approaches, as will be necessary if studies on futures are to rise to the challenges of research for sustainable development. (C) 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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hal-00783693 , version 1 (01-02-2013)

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L. Mermet. Extending the perimeter of reflexive debate on futures research: An open framework. Futures, 2009, 41 (2), pp.105-115. ⟨10.1016/j.futures.2008.07.044⟩. ⟨hal-00783693⟩
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