Jennifer M. Gidley PhD is an Australian psychologist, innovative educator and futurist. She is an Adjunct Professor at both the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS Sydney, and Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, where she formerly worked (1995-2002).
Jennifer is a Co-founder and Director of Research at the Oceanic Research Institute, NSW.
She has also held academic positions at Swinburne University, Melbourne (2003-2006) and RMIT University (2008-2012).
Jennifer works globally. with speaking and research collaborations including Australia, Europe, the USA, Middle East and Asia.
As former President (2009-2017) of the World Futures Studies Federation, a UNESCO and UN partner founded in Paris in 1973, she led the global peak body for futurists from 60 countries.
Her recent books include: Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016) and The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Long-term Fellow (and former President) of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF).
Jennifer's PhD on the evolution of consciousness (2008) was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.
Holds academic affiliations at Universities in France and Spain.
Serves on several academic editorial boards, has published dozens of academic papers and several books.
Futures Studies and Sustainability
Evolution of Consciousness
Gidley, J 2017, The Future A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.
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Gidley, JM 2016, Postformal Education A Philosophy for Complex Futures, Springer.
This book explains why the current education model, which was developed in the 19th century to meet the needs of industrial expansion, is obsolete.
Gidley, JM 2017, 'Imbuing Futures and Time with Agency and Urgency: Reframing Concepts for a Planetary Emergency', World Futures Review, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 201-207.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Gidley, JM 2013, 'Are futures organisations “ahead of their times”? A view of the World Futures Studies Federation in the 21st century', Futures, vol. 45, pp. S16-S31.View/Download from: Publisher's site