Research Associate, Foresight and Futures
Dr Ine Steenmans is a Research Associate in ‘Foresight and Futures’. She joined UCL early 2017 and her work aims to develop UCL’s role as a global centre of excellence in foresight for public policy.
Her policy foresight work focuses on the integration of different types of intelligence about possible future change into public decision-making processes. As is fundamental to UCL’s impact-driven ethos, this is undertaken through a consciously integrated mixture of research, practice, and education. Her interests focus primarily on enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency by which futures methods and approaches (e.g. visioning, horizon scanning, scenarios, roadmapping) are used in practice. In contrast to much academic policy foresight work, this means that she focuses on enhancing a way of thinking and working, rather than specialises within a particular sector or discipline.
All UCL STEaPP foresight research and teaching are user- and partnership-driven. Ongoing and past foresight projects have ranged from using futures to handle uncertainty in UK parliamentary enquiries, to developing a national innovation strategy for a rapidly emerging technology, to structuring a process for articulating a set of priorities for a region's development. Project partners thus far have included collaborators such as the Royal Society, the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, and the Canadian National Research Council.
Prior to joining UCL, Dr Steenmans worked as an analyst within the UK Foresight programme within the Government Office for Science. There, she contributed significantly to the programmes 'Future of Skills and Lifelong Learning' and 'Future of Cities' projects. Before joining the Civil Service, she worked as a strategy consultant at Buro Happold, working on several planning and engineering projects for the World Bank and Ford Foundation.
Dr Ine Steenmans obtained her MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cambridge University, followed by an MSc in International Planning at the Bartlett School at UCL, and then later an EPSRC-funded Engineering Doctorate (EngD) at the UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Her doctoral research focused on the real-world use of qualitative Operational Research methods within strategic infrastructure planning practices.