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Exploration of the Future - a Key to Sustainable Development


  • Vatroslav Zovko

    () (Faculty of Teacher Education - University of Zagreb)


Throughout the history people were fascinated and curious about the future. The future was, and still is seen as a key for prosperous development in all aspects of the society. As such, new discipline is developed - future studies. This paper discusses the discipline of future studies and its role in the society and science. Future studies are analyzed in the context of sustainable development. It is argued that future studies and sustainable development are complementary in nature. Based on analysis of most developed countries in the world, that spend the greatest portion of their budget on research, development and science in comparison to the rest of the world, there is a conclusive link between investments in research, development and science, and the recognition of the importance of thinking about the future. Those countries started to formalize their future orientation in many respected research centres and universities through their educational programs and research. That situation poses the need for other, less well off countries, to follow up.

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  • Vatroslav Zovko, 2013. "Exploration of the Future - a Key to Sustainable Development," Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage:, vol. 11(1), pages 98-107.
  • Handle: RePEc:zna:indecs:v:11:y:2013:i:1:p:98-107

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    1. Vatroslav Zovko, 2014. "Long Range Prospects of Education - from Now until Singularity," Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage:, vol. 12(2), pages 161-175.

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    future studies; strategic foresight; sustainable development; economic growth; universities;

    JEL classification:

    • O39 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Other
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development


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