Underpinning the development of the six future scenarios is a robust evidence base. This consists of over 60 papers written by experts in each field, organised around five research challenges.

Explore this section by clicking on the subjects to the left, selecting keywords in the box to the right, or using the box top right to begin your own search.

A quick overview of the five research challenges is below – more can be found in the background section.

Generations and lifecourse – understanding trends in demographics, family structure, intergenerational relationships and aging.

Identities, citizenship, communities – understanding the development of cultural identity, citizenship and community in the context of globalising/localising forces.

Knowledge, creativity and communication – understanding trends in the creation, circulation and communication of knowledge.

Work and employment – understanding trends in work and employment.

State/market/third sector – understanding trends in relationships between state, private and third sector provision of public services.

The five research challenges were selected by the Expert Advisory Group, which was also informed by:

Other evidence – cross-challenge papers commissioned where a common theme or interest was identified across multiple areas

Public engagement – engagement with people from all walks of life to explore their hopes, fears and priorities for future education