Anticipation, Agency and Complexity

  • Roberto Poli
  • Marco Valerio

Part of the Anticipation Science book series (ANTISC, volume 4)

About this book


This volume presents a selection of the Proceedings of the Workshop on Anticipation, Agency and Complexity held in Trento (Italy) on April 2017. The contributions contained in the book brilliantly revolve around three core concepts: agency, complexity and anticipation, giving precious insights to further define the discipline of anticipation. In a world that moves increasingly fast, constantly on the verge of disruptive events, more and more scholars and practitioners in any field feel in need of new approaches to make sense of the complexity and uncertainty that the future seems to bear. The theory of anticipation tries to describe how possible futures are intrinsically intertwined with the present.


Anticipation Best Practice Complexity Foresight Futures Studies Utopia Future awareness Multilayeredness of anticipation Digital Sustainability determining future awareness disappointments and expectations Emerging Risks analysing transformations low carbon society

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Poli
    • 1
  • Marco Valerio
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.PhD Student, University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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