Jennifer Gidley

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Jennifer Gidley
Born Melbourne, Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Citizenship Australian
Fields Futures studies, positive psychology,
education, integral theory,
postformal pedagogies
Institutions RMIT University
World Futures Studies Federation
Alma mater University of Melbourne, Australia
Known for Educational futures,
Evolution of consciousness,
Rudolf Steiner, Ken Wilber

Jennifer M. Gidley is an Australian psychologist, educator and futures researcher.[1]

Gidley is the elected President of the World Futures Studies Federation (2009–2013).[2] She is a futures studies researcher best known for her work in educational and youth futures,[3][4] evolution of consciousness (sometimes referred to as spiritual evolution) and global socio-cultural change.[5]

Gidley was lead researcher/author of the winning essay in the IAU/Palgrave International Essay Competition in Higher Education Policy Research.[6] The winning entry was entitled From Access to Success: An Integrated Approach to Quality Higher Education informed by Social Inclusion Theory and Practice and was published in the first 2010 issue of the IAU/Palgrave Journal. She also serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed academic journals.


Gidley is a research fellow in the Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University[7] Melbourne, Australia.

Books and monographs[edit]

  • Futures in Education: Principles, Practices and Potential, (Monograph No 5, The Strategic Foresight Monograph Series, 2004) (with Debra Bateman, Deakin University and Caroline Smith, ACU)
  • La Universidad en Transformación: Perspectivas Globales sobre los Futuros de la Universidad. Comp. de S. (Barcelona, España: Pomares, 2003) (Spanish Translation) (with Sohail Inayatullah)
  • Youth Futures: Comparative Research and Transformative Visions, (Praeger, Westport, Connecticut, 2002) (with Sohail Inayatullah)
  • The University in Transformation: Global Perspectives on the Futures of the University, (Bergin &Garvey, Westport, Connecticut, 2000) (with Sohail Inayatullah)

Journal special issue editing[edit]

  • Special issue of Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies (Forthcoming, 2010) on “Global Mindset Change” (co-edited with Rakesh Kapoor).
  • Special issue of New Political Science (2009) on "The Changing Face of Political Ideologies in the Global Age" (co-edited with Manfred B. Steger).
  • Special issue of Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies (1998, Vol. 30, No. 7) on The University – Alternative Futures” (co-edited with Sohail Inayatullah).

Selected academic journal articles[edit]


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