The Institute for Futures Research

The Institute for Futures Research undertakes Futures research, trains corporates and individuals in the use of futures thinking tools, and offers various publications to keep clients updated on what is waiting on the horizon. Overall, our services are aimed at helping clients to acquire strategic foresight in order to make better long-range decisions. This will enable them to sense opportunities and mitigate risks in good time.

The IFR is housed at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. It is the first and only Futures Institute of its kind on the African continent.

More about Future Studies

Futures Research

The chief purpose of research is to grow our understanding about a topic we want to know more about. Sound Futures research can therefore be of great value in solving problems and making decisions.


IFR CORE Service

One of the core objectives of the IFR is to assist senior leaders to make better decisions by anticipating risk earlier and by sensing opportunities in good time. Our CORE service therefore strives to deliver the most recent thinking on the future(s) of South Africa and Africa through various publications and workshops.


Futures Thinking Partner Services

At the IFR we partner with organisations to foster strategic foresight through various services.


Talks and Training

At the IFR, we can help you acquire a futures thinking mindset through our presentations and workshops on topics such as futures thinking tools, scenario planning, scanning your environment and engendering foresight. This will stand you in good stead when you need to make important strategic decisions.