Our Research Strategy

The Future Generations research agenda unites scholars and practitioners to make scholarship more useful at the local level. This builds on 25 years of scholarship, dating back to our founding. The institution has hundreds of publications already, but the expanded emphasis will raise scholarly standards and advance methodologies for community-accessible research. In addition, we're expanding our research faculty.


The research goal continues understanding of how to scale up community-based social change, but it will also now advance community-usable solutions. Activity will concentrate in health, conservation, peace, and applied education. Research will expand the applicability of SEED-SCALE to be even more usable for in-field practitioners. For example, a farmer approaches one of our faculty with a question about crop yield. Soon, they're the lead researcher on a project that will not only help their yield, but that of farmers around the planet.


Questions include:

  • How do we do it here, now, with what we have?
  • What are the key elements that contribute to successes? What does "success" mean to different stakeholders?
  • How do we sustain community programs and scale them up to the regional or national level? Is scaling these programs up the most appropriate approach? Or is it something different?

To answer these questions and offer replicable solutions, Future Generations reviews the global literature and case evidence, convenes international task forces, and conducts applied, field-based research. Future Generations University's research agenda is grounded in a series of scholarly achievements that led to the establishment of the University itself. It provides ongoing enrichment and guidance to our educational programs and our growing Global Network.

Our research is focused around a set of institutional interests and expertise for: community change, conservation, peacebuilding, pedagogy, and public health.