Thinking Futures


We have a range of events from discussions to performances as part of the 2014 festival - we've even made the festival longer to accommodate them all

Risk and the future of British defence

How can the UK prepare for a world where there are many potential threats to security, and at a time of continuing austerity?

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Walking in someone else's shoes

How can disabled people make a unique contribution towards building resilient societies and communities?

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ESRC Festival of Social Science

Thinking Futures is part of the Economic and Social Research Council's national Festival of Social Science.

Thinking Futures is an eleven day long Festival from the 1 - 11 November to share and celebrate research from the University of Bristol's Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. The programme comprises a wide variety of events for the general public, schools, policy-makers and third sector organisations, held in Bristol. Thanks to a great response from our researchers we have made the festival even longer this year.

Engage with our researchers and see how the social sciences inform key debates and advances in policy and practice for governments, education, charities, health services, legal systems, and public services around the globe.

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Download the festival programme (PDF, 139kB)

Festival programme

Details of our events

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