What is foresight?

Foresight describes a set of approaches, tools and skills that help organisations explore, envision and shape the future. By understanding key drivers of change and the implications of this change, Foresight aims to make a business or project ‘future-proof’. Key methodologies, including horizon scanning, trend research, scenario planning and visioning, are employed to map out our evolving future context and assess what trends are most relevant to us today. 

What do we do? 

Arup's Foresight team are a multi-disciplinary team of consultants, designers and scientists. We work with Arup’s businesses and provide services to external clients from a broad range of sectors around the world. 

We developed the concept of ‘foresight by design’, which uses innovative design tools and techniques to bring new ideas to life and engage clients and stakeholders in meaningful conversations about change. From envisioning the future of mail and parcel logistics to researching the future design and operation of a city district, Foresight helps to answer complex questions that require a broad and holistic look at the future.  

Our place on the Futures Framework

Foresight at Arup is pleased to be an approved supplier on the Government Office for Science Futures Procurement Framework. We have extensive experience providing UK Government bodies independent consultancy services. 

Download the Arup Futures Framework prospectus


Please direct any Futures Framework enquiries to foresight-uk@arup.com

Please note from 1 April 2021, the Futures Procurement Framework will be managed by UK SBS. Please send any queries related to framework to the UK SBS Framework Managers at: professionalservices@uksbs.co.uk 

The GO-Science Futures Team can advise on the use of the framework alongside other internal government contacts and resources. For assistance on project scoping and specification development contact the Futures Team at: futures@go-science.gov.uk 

Official guidance notes and other useful documents about the framework can be found here


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