Social Futuring Center

Multi-disciplinarian research unit

Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies



Social Futuring Center (SFC) is a multi-disciplinarian research unit of the Corvinus University's Institute for Advanced Studies. Social futuring is a term and method formulated by the Center.

The debut video of the Center is available by clicking on this link and you may also find its highlights and main activities on this PPT slideshow.

Our aims are to develop the conceptual and normative framework of social futuring studies, to construct the Social Futuring Index (SFI) and to manage the ConNext 2050 research project in partnership with
Barabási Lab (Boston, MA, USA),
Geopolitical Futures (Austin, TX, USA),
Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing, China),
Hungarian Central Statistical Office (Budapest, Hungary).

Social futuring is the feature of a social entity signifying its capacity, ability and fitness to envision and enact changes and so to prepare itself for the beneficial managing of the future. Social futuring is a measure of the creative awareness and intent a social entity (e.g. a family, a community, a city, a country, a region, etc.) needs to rationalize its present and future potential, set common goals, resiliently adapt to and cope with changes, and perform its vision while sustaining its orientation towards the future.

Social futuring is used to indicate a social entity’s ability, readiness and activity to embrace the future. The conceptual framework of social futuring converges results of research into future-orientation, future proofing, attachment, resilience, coping and sustainability. Social futuring exclusively belongs and is applied to what is social, that is, to human agents and their relations with their material, social, cultural and symbolic environments. Rooted in a multidisciplinary academic framework, social futuring creates an innovative synergy of approaches combining philosophy, sociology, psychology, bionics, informatics, economics, political science, environmental studies, futures studies, network science, among other academic and professional fields.

Research Fellows and Staff

The SFC was established in February 2017 at Corvinus University of Budapest. It has a staff of senior and junior research fellows.

  • Prof. Dr. Zoltán Oszkár Szántó

    Head of the Research Center, Senior Research Fellow

  • Prof. Dr. Petra K. Aczél

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Péter Szabadhegy

    International Affairs, Project ConNext 2050

  • Dr. Eszter Deli

    Research Fellow

  • János Csák

    Honorary Professor, Head of Project ConNext 2050

  • Dr. Róbert Iván Gál

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. Tamás Kocsis

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Judit Sebestény

    Project Coordinator

Associated Research Fellows

  • Dr. George Friedman

    Invited Distinguished Research Fellow, 2018 Fall

  • John D. Mueller

    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

  • Chris Ball

    Invited Distinguished Research Fellow, 2019 Summer

  • Prof. Dr. Tamás Bartus

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. László G. Lovászy

    Associated Senior Research Fellow

  • Prof. Dr. Gyula Bakacsi

    Associated Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. Balázs Szepesi

    Associated Senior Research Fellow

  • Prof. Dr. Dóra Perczel-Forintos

    Associated Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. Zoltán Ábrahám

    Associated Senior Research Fellow

  • Bálint Ablonczy

    Associated Research Fellow

  • Dr. Márta Radó

    Associated Junior Research Fellow

Connext 2050

Social futuring used in the project CONNEXT 2050. The main scope of its research is the analysis and interpretation of social futuring of different social entities, focusing on short and long-term future changes (2017-2050).


  •   Media coverage of the launch of Social Futuring Index 2020
      (in Hungarian):
    •      - MTI: Tudomány-társadalom-kutatás Az országok "jövőképességét"
              mérő indexet állítottak össze a Corvinus kutatói (18/03/2021)
    •      - Kanada a legfelkészültebb a jövő kihívásainak kezelésére,
              Magyarország a nyolcadik (18/03/2021)
    •      - Társadalmi jövőképesség indexet alkotott a
              Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem (18/03/2021)
    •      - Melyik ország előtt áll a legszebb jövő? Magyarország is
              a listán (18/03/2021)
    •      - Jövőképesség indexet készítettek a Corvinus kutatói
    •      - Komplex kutatás bizonyítja: Magyarország az egyik
              legjobban felkészült ország a jövő kihívásaira (18/03/2021)
    •      - Az országok társadalmi jövőképességét mérik a Corvinus
              kutatói (18/03/2021)
    •      - Euronews: Social Futuring Index 2020: az osztrákoknál kicsivel, a
              japánoknál sokkal szebb jövő vár ránk (18/03/2021)
    •      - Telex: Mérjük meg, hogy melyik ország képes leginkább fenntartani a
              jó életet!
    •      - Magyarország egy fontos tényező alapján minden fejlett
              országot megelőz (18/03/2021)
    •      - A jövőképességet mérték a Corvinus kutatói:
              Magyarország az első negyedben végzett (18/03/2021)
    •      - Az országok ,,jövőképességét” mérő indexet állítottak
              össze a Corvinus kutatói (18/03/2021)
    •      - IT Business: Az ország jövőképessége (18/03/2021)
    •      - Melyik országokban számíthatunk jó életre? –
              A Társadalmi Jövőképesség Indexből kiderül (18/03/2021)

  • - A new article (Social Futuring: An Innovation in Measuring Countries’
  •    Fitness for the Future) of our reserachers – Petra Aczél, Zoltán Szántó
  •    and János Csák –  has been published in the conference proceedings of
  •    the 19th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference
  •    (SGEM 2019)

  • - A review of our book titled Társadalmi Jövőképesség – Egy új
  •    tudoményterület bemutatkozása has been published in
  •    Magyar Tudomány (in Hungarian)

  • - A new book chapter (chapter 16: 371-398) of our researchers - Róbert Gál
  •   and Márta Radó - has been published by the World Bank Group

  • - New working paper of our researchers - Róbert Gál and Márta Radó - has
  •   been published on the website of the World Bank and World Bank Group

  • - About our video on special issue of the SFC on EPPC website commentary
  •    by John D. Mueller (in English, 24/04/2019)

  • - Report on the workshop on Social Futuring at the Chinese Academy of
  •     Social Sciences, Beijing (in English, 15/10/2018)

  •   Media coverage of our conference
  •   'Társadalmi Jövőképesség - Egy új tudományterület
  •    bemutatkozása' (in Hungarian):
    •      - summary on Index, (13/06/2018),
    •      - precis on MTI (13/06/2018) took over by Generali Alapkezelő
    •        (13/06/2018) and NRGreport (14/06/2018),
    •      - interview with Zsolt Hernádi (13/06/2018) and László György
    •        (13/06/2018) on Portfolio,
    •      - interview with János Csák on InfoRádió Aréna
    •        (13/06/2018 Part1, Part2, audio).

  • - About our conference 'Social Futuring - Connecting Global
  •    Potentials' by CASS (in English, 18/04/2018) and by Corvinus Kioszk
  •    (in Hungarian, 15/03/2018)


By measuring social futuring, the complex of future-oriented workings of an entity is evaluated and weighted. The Social Futuring Index (SFI) and ranking is a weighted average of indicators that approximates the elements of social futuring. The measurement pillars are the substantive types of future changes into which a social entity can proceed. The SFI is based on the following normative standards: peace and security, attachment, care and balance.

SFI webpage

SFI video

SFI Report 2020

These changes/pillars are:

  • ecological-geopolitical,
  • technological,
  • socio-economic, and
  • cultural-spiritual.

The SFI is a composite indicator based on publicly available data.

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  • Social Futuring Center

    Corvinus University of Budapest
    8 Fővam sq., Budapest, H-1093 E 73.

  • Szidónia K. Nagy

    Project Coordinator
    +36 1 482 5598