Faculty for a Future is a community of academics who feel a duty of care over Earth’s colliding social and environmental crises – and want their work to better meet them.
From postgrads to professors, and together with academic-adjacent staff, students and those experiencing crises first-hand, we support each other to use the agency we have to transform our research, teaching, and engagement.
Our institutions themselves also need to change. We work together to push management and funding practices to embrace and embody urgently needed societal transformation.
Engagement for a Future
With knowledge being selectively siloed, and a narrow range of expertise platformed by the media, sufficiently open scrutiny of the world's complex crises and the responsibility of those in power is not happening.
Our Communicating Complex Crises toolkit is a crucial resource for any academic keen to hone their skills in telling more complete and authentic stories about harm done by today’s entangled social and environmental crises – and potential ways out of them.
Faculty for a Future was formed in summer 2021 by a group of academics who felt similarly disempowered and unable to face up to a complex and precarious future.
To find out more about our perspective on this future, please read our analysis of the crisis, a distillation of research at the intersection of social and ecological issues into six key points describing the world ahead. It outlines our understanding of the emerging world and informs the objectives and development of all of our work.
Academia has never been value-free. To orient objective academic work towards a safer, fairer, and healthier future, we are guided by four values.
Acceptance: We join the dots between different academic disciplines and lived experience, actively acknowledging the severity of environmental and social crises.
Care: We feel a duty of care to those most affected by these crises, and a responsibility to prioritise life, wellbeing, and justice.
Integrity: We aim to conduct our personal and professional lives with respect, courage, and modesty, towards a better and more equal future for all living things.
Freedom: We seek ever greater freedom to act with care and integrity, so that others can enjoy ever greater freedom to live well.