Research for a Future
We support academics, practitioners, and community representatives who want to harness academic research to equitably realise a safer, healthier, and fairer future.
Crises are still advancing despite our best efforts. Narrow approaches in academia and vested interests in those that fund or interact with it mean that academic research too often serves harmful systems or solves one problem while worsening another, and the integrated, experience-based wisdom of communities and practitioners is often overlooked.
We need more diverse, equitable, and plentiful collaboration to stop environmental and social harms at their source and unite our efforts to realise a fairer and more sustainable world.
Many within and outside of academia feel the need to depart from research-as-usual - but in an environment of overwork, funding constraints, and differing privilege, not enough support exists to foster new connections, build trust, and co-design research that benefits all.
We’re doing four things to help change this. Our ideas are outlined below.
More information and specific ways to participate will be available in due course. To register your interest in participating in these projects or contributing to their development, sign up here. To tell us your thoughts now, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2023, F4F will launch an online Community of Practice in which academics seeking to transform their research can connectSign up
Research for a Future toolkit
We will soon launch a toolkit to support academics who want to make their research more inclusive and transformative. It will include ways to configure research to make a difference, advice on dealing with differences in status and access to power, and practical tools for trust-building between diverse perspectives, together with guidance for securing funding for such work.
The toolkit is a stepping stone in our journey to build capacity for equitable research collaborations by rethinking research practices and outcomes from a place of reflexivity, justice and reconciliation.
Connecting academics and communities
We also connect calls for collaboration from community-based organisations and academics directly experiencing the harm caused as a result of intersecting crises with the Faculty for a Future community.
Co-developing disruptive solutions
We are running two in-depth pilots that bring together academics, affected community representatives, and practitioners to listen to each others’ experiences on mitigation and adaptation issues central to the polycrisis, and develop disruptive solutions that can grow beyond the convened group.
In the longer-term, we are seeking to engage funders to shift their priorities to transformative, co-produced research that confronts intersecting crises. We are also exploring developing a service that offers funding support for academics and local knowledge holders to foster trust and co-design transformative research funding proposals. We’re looking for your input on what you would find useful.