Thinking Futures Festival 2017

Thinking Futures 2017

Following five years of successful festivals, we are pleased to announce that the sixth Thinking Futures will take place on the 4-11 November 2017.

Thinking Futures is the University's festival to share and celebrate research in the social sciences. With a wide variety of events for the general public, schools, policy-makers and third sector organisations, it provides an opportunity to 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.

Thinking Futures is coordinated by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, the University’s Public Engagement team and PACE (Public and Ceremonial Events). It is part of the ESRC’s nationalFestival of Social Science.

Events 2017

The Thinking Futures Festival this year will see a diverse range of events exploring themes from climate change to social conflict. 

Saturday 4th November: An inter-generational dialogue on climate change.

A generational divide? Young people and their grandparents share thoughts on climate change.

Monday 6th November:Advising in austerity: Creating resilience in advice services  

Advice service managers, researchers, policy-makers and lawyers explore solutions to the crisis in advice funding.

Tuesday 7th November: Engaging with engineering: what works and what doesn't

An opportunity for engineering companies to examine effective practice in engagements with schools and colleges. 

Thursday 9th November: Children's participation in city spaces

What prevents children playing in city spaces and how do we best capture their views?

Saturday 11th November: From clash to creativity: igniting social imagination 

A day exploring how to use arts and imagination to open up challenging community conversations 

Find out more about the Thinking Futures Festival on the official website or contact Kat Wall in the Public Engagement team (, 0117 3317016)