Month: February 2016

  • Researching ‘Futures’ in the Past

    In honour of the recent establishment of the Institute of Social Futures, Lancaster University, I revisited my PhD thesis: Versions of the Future in Relation to Mobile Technologies, awarded in July 2004! Twelve years on, it is immense fun to read an ‘old’ future imagined by the young people who participated in my focus groups…

  • NPS: The malevolent genie out of the global drug prohibition bottle

    I have been reflecting on the debates surrounding the recent passing of a new drug law onto the British statute books which comes into effect from 1st April 2016. This new law, which will act in parallel to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, effectively bans all substances (with the exception of alcohol, tobacco and…