NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs Launches Futures Lab

New Pilot Initiative’s Research, Coursework, and Events Will Focus on the Growing Field of Strategic Foresight

October 8, 2015, New York ­– The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA) has launched a Futures Lab pilot initiative, which will conduct research, and create and deliver course content and events in the field of strategic foresight.

Developed by Regina Joseph—a Good Judgment Superforecaster and member of CGA’s adjunct faculty—this pilot initiative introduces the latest methods and resources in the burgeoning field of predictive analysis to the NYU community and beyond. Programming in its first academic year will include a policy hackathon tournament on political corruption, which will bring IBM’s  Watson Cognitive computing platform to students for the first time.

The Futures Lab serves as an extension of the new International Relations/Global Futures concentration in the Center’s M.S. in Global Affairs. Futures activity and the M.S. degree concentration is predicated on the extensive work in the strategic foresight field done not only by Joseph, but also by CGA Clinical Professor Michael Oppenheimer, whose Carnegie Corporation-supported Scenarios Initiative has been a CGA fixture since 2009. Oppenheimer’s book Pivotal Countries, Alternate Futures, will be published by Oxford University Press in November.

Building on its research and event programming, the Futures Lab responds to the growing demand in government and business for enhanced foresight and improved risk management to facilitate agile decision-making. CGA students and the wider New York City community will be exposed to cutting-edge ideas and resources based around crowd-sourced forecasting, cognitive computing, and early warning approaches.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs
The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs provides interdisciplinary context for understanding critical issues in international politics, economics, peacebuilding, transnational security, international law, human rights, energy, the environment, gender studies, and related areas. It offers an M.S. in Global Affairs; Graduate Certificates in Global Energy, Peacebuilding, and Transnational Security; and Professional Pathways Diploma Programs and Career Advancement Courses.

For further information, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at 212-992-9103, or cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.