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    How Horizon Scanning Can Give the Military a Technological Edge

    08 Feb 2019

    Horizon scanning could promote innovative practices and innovation uptake, through the adoption of new ideas, equipment, and methods, with benefits that could positively affect the UK economy as a whole. But a wider mechanism for processing and assessing the selected developments would be needed.

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    Violent Extremism Evaluation Measurement (VEEM) Framework

    14 Jan 2019

    A key challenge in counter violent extremism evaluation is the lack of commonly agreed metrics to measure behavioural changes in people. RAND Europe researchers developed a web-based framework that lists behavioural categories, attributes, and suggested measurement tools.

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    Exploring Europe's defence capability requirements for 2035 and beyond

    06 Jul 2018

    Researchers employed horizon scanning methodology to identify new and emerging technologies, strategies and societal developments that might affect capability requirements extending to 2035. The team also developed a range of scenarios used in the context of a table-top exercise analysing the capability implications of future conflicts and operations.

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    The future of Arctic cooperation in a changing strategic environment

    08 Jun 2018

    The study examined factors that could potentially upset Arctic cooperation in the coming decade. Participants in a table-top exercise considered the reactions of stakeholders to successive events designed to trigger responses that ranged from low-intensity to potential conflict.

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    Using historical foresight to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

    16 Apr 2018

    Researchers examined complex and enduring policy issues that have implications for public health to gain a new perspective on how to tackle AMR. The team combined literature review and interviews with scenario planning and analysis to explore how historical analysis can be used to inform future AMR policy.

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    Using foresight to examine the global food system

    28 Mar 2018

    On behalf of the UK Food Standards Agency, RAND Europe is conducting foresight exercises to gain a long-term perspective on the global food system. The team is using a three horizons framework and bespoke horizon scanning approach to identify threats and opportunities for the UK and wider global food system out to 2030.

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    Mediterranean Foresight Forum

    26 Jan 2017

    The Mediterranean Foresight Forum (MFF) was a RAND-funded effort to connect political, social, economic and technological developments in the region with policy agendas. The MFF supported the development of comprehensive, integrated civil-military responses to complex challenges through an innovative combination of research, future scenario-based sensitivity analysis and table top-exercises.

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    Examining future transport scenarios to drive innovation in the UK

    24 Jun 2016

    The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. At the request of Innovate UK, RAND Europe identified emerging technologies that could impact the transport network and developed three future travel scenarios to explore how they might make the transport system more efficient and effective by the year 2035.