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 Social Futuring Center. 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).

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. The SFC Executive team is led by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Oszkár Szántó.

  • Prof. Dr. Zoltán Oszkár Szántó

    Head of the Research Center

  • János Csák

    Honorary Professor, Head of Project ConNext 2050

  • Péter Szabadhegy

    International Affairs, Project ConNext 2050

  • Eszter Monda

    Research Fellow, Project Manager

  • Dr. Balázs Szepesi

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Prof. Dr. Petra K. Aczél

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. Róbert Iván Gál

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. Tamás Kocsis

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Márta Radó

    Junior Research Fellow

  • Dr. Tamás Bartus

    Senior Research Fellow

  • Szidónia K. Nagy

    Project Coordinator

  • Lili Vera Mészáros

    Project Coordinator

  • George Friedman

    Invited Distinguished Research Fellow, 2018 Fall

Associated Research Fellows

  • John D. Mueller

    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. László G. Lovászy

    Associated Senior Research Fellow

  • Prof. Dr. Gyula Bakacsi

    Associated Senior Research Fellow

  • Dr. Loránd Ambrus

    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

  • Luisa Murphy

    Adjunct Junior Researh 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).



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.

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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