Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Professor Les Back is the current Dean of the Graduate School at Goldsmiths University of London and is the Author of numerous books such as “Cultural Sociology: An Introduction” earlier and “The Art of Listening.”
Professor Back is a member the editorial board of “Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnography and Young.” He is committed to bridging the gap between academia, local community and professional practitioners and has been involved in a variety of policy arenas that attempts to incorporate research into policy development.
Professor Back has also made multiple appearances on both television and radio in Britain, Europe and the United States. He has written about issues of race, culture, music and sport in ways that are both popular and informed and is also dedicated to forms of writing that fall outside of purely academic conventions.x
Professor, Director, FUTURLAB-Laboratory of Creative Futures, University of Alicante, Spain
Professor Enric Bas holds a PhD in Sociology. He is a Director of FUTURLAB•Creative Futures (futurlab.es), a Special Research Unit of the University of Alicante (Spain). Founding Director of SUCPOP-Universitary Week of Pop Culture at UA (2001-2011). He teaches Futures Studies and Social Change and Communication at the Faculty of Economics. Visiting Professor of Strategic Thinking and Social Innovation in several universities worldwide: University of Turku (Finland), Leuphana University (Germany), Tamkang University (Taiwan), U. Federal do Rio do Janeiro (Brazil), Pontifical Catholic University of Lima (Peru) or Corvinus University at Budapest (Hungary), among many others.
Professor Bas is author or co-author of more than ten books and fifty scientific articles in international referred journals. Former Executive Board Member of WFSF-World Studies Federation (2001-2005). Board Member of several international think tanks working on technological forecasting, trend analysis and major societal changes and challenges, like, f.i. Techcast (Washington D.C., USA), the European Futurists Club (Lucerne, Switzerland), BAT´s Foundation for Futures Studies (Hamburg, Germany), IknowFutures (Manchester,UK) or The Millenium Project (New York, USA). Frustrated architect, occasional musician (he was in three different alt•rock bands; still playing) and painter (since he was a child), vocational surfer&skater and hopefully future sailor based on Reykjavik.
Jennifer M. Gidley
Psychologist, Educator, Futures Researcher, Australia
Dr. Jennifer Gidley is President of the World Futures Studies Federation, a UNESCO partner and the global peak body for futures studies. In addition to her central role as a Research Fellow with the Global Cities Research Insititute at RMIT University, Melbourne, she helps drive global change as a Visiting Fellow, CERI, Sciences Po, Paris; and a Fellow, Botín Platform for Innovation in Education, Santander, Spain.
Jennifer Gidley has over thirty years experience as a psychologist, educator and futures researcher and has positively influenced the lives of many hundreds of women, children and young people through her innovations in education. Her achievements include coordinating a “back to study” women’s learning centre in suburban Melbourne (1978-1980); founding and directing a radically contemporized Australian Steiner school (1983-1994); and pioneering the online component of the Masters in Strategic Foresight, Swinburne University, Melbourne (2003-2006).
Jennifer Gidley’s internationally recognized research on educational and youth futures includes co- editing/authoring: The University in Transformation (2000), Youth Futures (2002) and Futures in Education (2004) and dozens of academic articles. Her two special issues of the international journal Futures include: “Educational Futures” and “Global Mindset Change”. She serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and is a sought-after international speaker in Europe, USA, South-East Asia and Egypt.
Researcher, Demos Helsinki, Finland
Tuuli Kaskinen is a researcher, speaker and campaigner working in think tank Demos Helsinki. The vision of Demos is fundamentally human-centric: all change starts from the individual experience and scales up through our communities.
Tuuli Kaskinen’s work experience in the past decade has focused of campaigns creating human-centric solutions to climate change and other grave challenges of our time. Among other things she is one of the founders of Ilmari, a school campaign about climate change. In 10 years more than 40 000 school students have participated to Ilmari. Tuuli Kaskinen holds a MSc. degree in international business from Turku School of Economics.
Research Director, Finnish Youth Research Network, Finland
Leena Suurpää (D.Soc.Sc) works as a research director in the Finnish Youth Research Network. Her cross-disciplinary research interests are related to themes around young people, multiculturalism and racism. The approches vary from local youth work and NGO activies to political challenges of contemporary welfare states and transnational contexts.
Leena Suurpää has worked as a visiting scholar in France various times (last time during 2009-2010 in the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, EHESS/ Centre for Sociological Analysis and Intervention, CADIS), with the aim to reflect on contemporary struggles of civic organisations particularly in the field of antiracist action.