Sohail Inayatullah

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Sohail Inayatullah
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Born1958 Edit this on Wikidata (age 63)

Sohail Inayatullah is a Pakistani-born Australian academic, futures studies researcher and a professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan.[1][2][3]


Born in 1958 in Lahore, Pakistan, to a father who worked as a researcher for the United Nations and a Sufi mother, he grew up in countries like the United States and Switzerland, having as his main intellectual and spiritual influence the Indian mystic P. R. Sarkar.[4]

Academic contributions[edit]

Inayatullah is most famous for introducing and pioneering the futures technique of causal layered analysis, that uses a four-layered approach to bring about transformative change.[5][6] He introduced the idea in a widely cited paper for Futures.[7] He also edited and wrote the introductory chapter for the Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader.[8] He has described the idea for a popular audience in an article for The Futurist[5] and a TEDx talk.[9]

Inayatullah's work on CLA was examined in a book by Jose W. Ramos in 2003.[10]

Academic positions[edit]

In addition to his role at Tamkang University, Inayatullah is the Inaugural UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies.[11] He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, Macquarie University, Sydney,[12] from 2011-2014 and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Social Sciences and the Arts) from 2001-2020.[2][13][14]

Role in journals and web publications[edit]

Inayatullah is co-editor (along with Jian-Bang Deng) of the Journal of Futures Studies, one of the top journals in futures studies.[15] He is also associated editor of New Renaissance[16] and is on the editorial boards of Futures,[17] Development, Peace and Democracy in South Asia, and foresight.[18]

Inayatullah also co-runs the website with Ivana Milojević.[19]

Other affiliations[edit]

Inayatullah is a member of the World Future Society and has a blog there.[20] He is also a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation.[21] He has also voiced his support for the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reform in the United Nations.[22]


  1. ^ "專任師資". Tamkang University. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Sohail Inayatullah". School of International Futures. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  3. ^ Chaudhary, Puruesh (11 January 2015). "The Pakistani Nostradamus". Dawn. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  4. ^ José M. Ramos, From Critique to Cultural Recovery: Critical Futures Studies and Causal Layered Analysis, Australian Foresight Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, 2003, p. 34
  5. ^ a b Inayatullah, Sohail (January–February 2014). "Causal Layered Analysis Defined". The Futurist. World Future Society. 48 (1). Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Causal Layered Analysis". Scenarios for Sustainability Recipes. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  7. ^ Inayatullah, Sohail (October 1998). "Causal layered analysis: Poststructuralism as method" (PDF). Futures. 30 (8): 815–829. doi:10.1016/S0016-3287(98)00086-X. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  8. ^ "The Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader: Theory and Case Studies of an Integrative and Transformative Methodology" (PDF). Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  9. ^ Inayatullah, Sohail (12 May 2013). "Causal Layered Analysis: Sohail Inayatullah at TEDxNoosa". Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  10. ^ Ramos, Jose W. (2003). "From critique to cultural recovery: critical futures studies and casual layered analysis". Australian Foresight Institute. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Transforming the Future Seminar – "From social injustice to metaphors and mantras that can transform: a stepped approach to using the future" with Sohail Inayatullah". UNESCO. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Sohail Inayatullah". Macquarie University. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Professor receives global futurist award". 19 January 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Metafuture: About us". Metafuture. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Editors". Journal of Futures Studies. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Articles by Sohail Inayatullah". New Renaissance Magazine. Renaissance Universal. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Futures Editorial Board". Futures, Elsevier. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Editorial team". foresight, Emerald Publishing Group. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Metafuture". Facilitating Futures. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Sohail Inayatullah's blog". World Future Society. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  21. ^ "WFSF Fellows". World Futures Studies Federation. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Overview". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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