Foresight Labs

About Us

The Foresight Lab at King's College London is a part of the HBP's Subproject12 and focuses on identifying and evaluating the future impact of new knowledge and technologies generated by the HBP using a range of methods including action research, interviews, participant observation, literature reviews, questionnaire surveys and expert workshops.

Key Objectives

A key objective is to develop 'foresight', which is the practice of making ‘forward looks,’ of anticipating change, and studying future possibilities. To do this, scenarios are developed which serve as frameworks and stimuli for evaluating the HBP’s possible consequences on society. These are then discussed with key informants from a range of communities to generate a series of best practice recommendations directed towards researchers and HBP managers. This simultaneously enables the adoption of strategies that optimise scientific and social benefits while enhancing preparedness for possible ethical concerns and dilemmas.

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Foresight Team



Principal Investigator:

Nikolas Rose, Professor of Sociology


Senior Research Fellow:

Dr Christine Aicardi

Research Assistant:

Saheli Datta

Research Assistant:

Tara Mahfoud


Jennifer O'Connor

Senior Research Projects Officer:


Learn more about Responsible Research and the Human Brain Project: A Masterclass with Professor Nikolas Rose.


Learn more about what we do at the Foresight Lab@KCL: A Chat with Senior Research Fellow Dr Christine Aicardi

Want to know more?

Take a look at Professor Nik Rose’s lecture series; a compilation of over 230 lectures from around the world on ethics, society and governance.

Key Links




Contact us

Address: King’s College London, Department of Global Health and Social medicine, Strand Campus S1.29, London WC2R 2LS, UK



Telephone: +44 (0) 207 848 7468