The Foresight Transitions approach is based on the understanding that it is not techno-centric-mechanistic perspectives that matter to make (radical) change happen, but the socio-constructive-cultural ones. Foresight Transitions therefore focuses on the following three main areas:
Inclusive processes to create a values-based perspective of the problem space in iterative partnership with stakeholders rather than separate from them: to understand.
Employment of tools to allow decisions to be made which accommodate the extent of the uncertainty which is encountered in the problem space: to provide strategic insight.
To allow audiences to ‘buy-in’ to initiatives in a socio-constructive, participatory way, and therefore co-own the plan i.e. inclusive—to provide purpose to act.
Foresight Transitions specialises in the following areas:
(1) Anticipatory Regulation; (2) Social Co-production; (3) Socio-Legitimacy; and (4) Procedural Justice.
Foresight Transitions Purpose
- Is the provision of systematic, thoroughly evidenced and timely propositions tailored to address customer needs.
- It develops a deep understanding of customers, creating a rich experience via the establishment of a relationship based on listening and trust.
- And the pace and cadence of decision-making within Foresight Transitions enables effective process innovation and an anticipatory dimension to proposition development.
We are is focused on addressing humanity’s grand challenges with particular specialisation in:
- Energy innovation and transitions
- Rebalancing the carbon cycle (negative emissions)
- Environmental and climate change
- Strategic Foresight
- Decision making under Deep Uncertainty
- Science communication—especially around climate change
Meet the Team
Dr Mark Workman, Director at Foresight Transitions, is a Coastal Engineer (University of Southampton), Military (Queens Gurkha Engineers) and Business Leader (Medical and Security Consultancy), Environmental Economist, Academic (Imperial College London) and Strategist by training.
He has undertaken military tours (gaining two awards for leadership), led extreme and high risk expeditions all over the world (see video below), and run multi-million dollar business units. His experience can be found on his LinkedIn profile.
`In an era where leaders can struggle to deal with hard truths, Mark is the first person you need in the room because he is the last person that you want in the room.’ Client testimonial
Richard Heap, Project Leader, is an experienced analyst managing projects across a range of technical and cross-cutting aspects. He has degrees from Imperial College, Environmental Technology (MSc) and Biology (BSc).
After selling his recycling business, which he set up and ran for 10 years, he moved into science policy, leading the Climate Change, Energy & Environment team at the Royal Society, producing influential reports on Biofuels, Ocean Acidification, Radioactive Waste Management and initiating the work on Geoengineering. At the Energy Research Partnership he focussed on energy issues including a highly regarded report on Hydrogen, CO2-EOR, the Heat Transition and Public Engagement, which explored the need for strategic narratives.
His current focus is on the application of futures techniques combined with the use of public and stakeholder engagement to help inform decision-making and policy and regulatory development both at a system level and bottom-up from a local and regional level.
Francesca Battersby holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University, and is a recent graduate of the MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. She has conducted extensive research into greenhouse gas removal, from both a natural and social science discipline. Her MSc thesis investigated the salient governance aspects surrounding GGR in relation to the UK’s net-zero target, and involved networking with a number of subject experts and stakeholders.
Francesca leads work on corporate capacity building around carbon removal technologies, net zero and has published research investigating procedural justice in relation to GGR. During her time at the Carbon Trust, she helped to enhance the company’s GGR knowledge base, and developed material on the net-zero target and on direct air capture.
Adam Gray specialises in the development of strategic business change and investment programmes. He has over 20 years experience in the UK Energy sector, leading multi-disciplined programmes in commercial and regulated market environments. He has led on a range of renewable and low carbon energy development projects, involving joint venture partnerships, business feasibility studies across a range of technologies, including Coal to Biomass conversions, Offshore and Onshore wind farms and Small Modular Nuclear (SMR) reactors. He delivers collaborative engagement with stakeholders across multidisciplinary and multicultural teams and is currently actively engaged in the development of the nascent greenhouse gas removal sector providing advisory support to organisations seeking to understand its potential role within climate strategies. This is a sector Adam is excited to be part of, enabling him to combine his passion for engineering and the natural environment, building solutions for a sustainable future.
Andrew Buglass works with the Foresight team to provide a financial and investment perspective to the service provision portfolio. He has been focused exclusively on the energy sector since 1992, delivering over £11bn of energy investment across 30 countries. He has headed award-winning project finance teams at several international banks and project developers, most recently running the Energy & Infrastructure financing team at Royal Bank of Scotland.
He founded consultancy practice Buglass Energy Advisory in 2014 www.buglassenergyadvisory.com to support investors, government bodies, and other consultancies with strategic and commercial advice. Recent client assignments have advised on: investment in Smart Local Energy Systems; developing investable low carbon hydrogen business models; managing stranded asset risk for multilateral financial institutions; structuring options for utility clients on next generation offshore wind projects; and commercialisation of innovative technology to optimise combined battery storage and electric vehicle charging.
He also serves as Non-Executive Director to a number of electricity sector companies in the UK and internationally.
You can find an overview of the work we have done, as well as many donwloadable research papers and links on the following pages:
- Futures Facilitation and Workshop Curation
- Energy Transitions and Futures – Utility 2050+
- Energy Technologies, Systems, and Governance
- Net Zero and Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies
- Decision Making and Strategy Under Uncertainty
- Strategic Narratives for Climate Change
- Military and Climate Security Papers
- Coastal Research
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