Jenny Andersson

Project Director (Principal Investigator)

Jenny Andersson is CNRS fellow and researcher at the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po (CEE). She was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for her Futurepol project. She holds a PhD in Economic History from Uppsala University (2003). Before joining the CNRS and Sciences Po in October 2009, she was post-doctoral fellow and visiting scholar at the European University Institute, Florence, and at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. She was also a research fellow of the Swedish National Scientific Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and an associated professor with the Swedish Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm from 2007-2009. 

Jenny has published several works on the transformations on social democracy in the post war period, Between Growth and Security: Swedish Social Democracy from a Strong Society to a Third Way, published in 2006 by Manchester University Press, and The Library and the Workshop: Social Democracy and Capitalism in an Age of Knowledge, Stanford University Press, 2009. She has also written a number of articles on topics such as the political economy of the knowledge economy, the cultural images of Sweden and the Swedish model, and the origins of futures studies.

Within Futurepol, Jenny Andersson supervises the research project. She is working on two fundamental research questions, “A transnational history of the future. Tracing futurists and their visions of the world”, and “Governing the long term. Institutions for the future”. The first study traces the futurists, the scientists and intellectuals who developed forecasting and futures studies and who were deeply involved in producing images of world futures. Particularly, my interest is in tracking the transnational forms of exchange of futurists and the way that they attempted to structure a new field of research about the future. This implies important archival research in archives all over the world, as well as a number of oral history interviews with leading futurists. 

Her second line of research deals with the institutionalization of forms of future governance, in other words with a comparative history of the institutions that were developed in the period from the early 1970s to deal with the future. For the moment she is working on a comparative study on such institutions in Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the UK. She published among others an article in the International Review for Social History entitled “Choosing futures. Alva Myrdal and the construction of Swedish futures studies 1967-1972” (vol. 51, 2006, p.  277-295).

In 2015, Jenny Andersson has been awarded the presitgeous CNRS bronze medal for her research.

Latest publications

  • Andersson, J. (2012). "The Great Future Debate and the Struggle for the World". The American Historical Review, vol. 117, no 5: 1411-1430.
  • Andersson, J. & Rindzeviciute, E. (2012) “The Political Life of Prediction: The Future as a Space of Scientific World Governance in the Cold War Era”. Les Cahiers européens de Sciences Po, no.4 : 1-25. Download PDF

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