A rare occurrence in the field of futures studies is the advertisement of a named ‘futures job.’  Two such roles were advertised in Australia recently.  Both are detailed below.  In addition, another rare occurrence was the creation of a new Masters and Doctorate program, also detailed below.  Taken together it makes for a banner month for the ‘named’ futures field!

CfAF will track with great interest, however, to see to what extent the futures work involved actually draws on the field’s published peer-reviewed research and methods, and ultimately, what contribution is made towards better futures for those concerned. 

Area Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Reference Number 130270 Applications Close Sunday 8 September, 2013 Salary Range Level E: $153,264 pa (plus 9.25% super), Level D: $118,979 – $131,078 pa (plus 9.25% super) Position Status Full-time and fixed term for three years Location Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.  Contact Professor Andrew Parratt, Director, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures: +613 0418 342 763 or +613 5247 9106


Deakin University has established a new Centre for Regional and Rural Futures. The Centre has a number of new positions focused on increasing productivity and competitiveness of regional industries. The Centre will target innovations through four key themes: food and food security; smart agriculture; sustainable industrial biotechnology; and regional competitiveness.

Appropriate research topics may include but are not limited to metrics and technologies to improve the sustainability of food, feed, fibre and biofuel production and processing; life cycle analysis, including the role of water, energy and water-use efficiency; ecosystem services; and community economic prosperity.

The appointee will provide outstanding leadership in the development of the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures within the DVC(R)area, specifically building expertise and research programs smart agriculture, food security, sustainable industrial biotechnology and regional competiveness.

It is expected that the appointee will effectively lead and work with multi-disciplinary research teams; interact with diverse stakeholder groups including agricultural producers, agribusinesses, NGO’s, food retailers and manufacturers, community leaders and public agencies.

The role will be closely connected to Deakin University’s joint Nan-Bio Centre with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India. The appointee will lead and co-ordinate the University’s research interactions with the joint Centre, which would also involve working at the Centre at times to guide and undertake research activities with students, industries or other partners.

The appointee will initiate and contribute to cross-disciplinary research, teaching and training programs and contribute to service activities locally and internationally, particularly in relation to industry and government research, technology development and Higher Degree by Research applied training. The appointment will be initially for 3 years with the opportunity to extend into a tenured position. All Professors are expected to contribute to the leadership of the University as a whole, as well as within their Faculties, Centres, Institutes and Schools.

For a full copy of the position description, and to apply online, please visit http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/careers-at-deakin


Senior Consultant CSIRO Futures

  • Location : Clayton VIC or North Ryde Sydney
  • CSIRO Futures
  • CSIRO Futures is seeking a Senior Consultant who will play a lead role in delivering foresighting and strategic analysis projects for a diverse range of clients in industry and government


A Unique Subject of Futures Studies established at Turku School of Economics (TSE), Finland

Starting from August 2013, Finland Futures Research Centre will be a Department at the Turku School of Economics, University of Turku. Futures Studies will be a Major Subject at the TSE and will consist of already established international Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies and a new line of postgraduate studies.


In the postgraduate studies the doctoral candidates will deepen their understanding and skills in Futures Studies in order to be able to act as independent researchers in the field of Futures Studies. At the TSE, a wide range of research topics have been carried out in the field of Futures Studies. Students can specialize in, for example, business foresight, the future of energy and environmental issues, education, large scale socio-economic transitions, future consciousness and futures studies methodology.

These experts will be employed in demanding research, education, development, and foresight duties in companies and public organizations. The first intake of PhD students will be in November 2013 and from the year 2014 onwards twice a year (May and November).


The International Master’s Degree Programme in Futures Studies is designed to educate foresight experts who help organizations to harness future opportunities and avoid unnecessary risks. The programme trains students to become professionals who are competent to choose from various methods when facing a particular development challenge. The students will get a versatile toolkit to implement foresight thinking for the benefit of a given organization.

The students enrolled in the Master’s Programme will take a Master of Arts degree, the size of 120 ECTS credits. The two year programme is taught in English. The Programme admits about 20 students annually. The application period for studies beginning in autumn 2014 will open 2 December 2013.