Sohail Inayatullah

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

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.[4][5] He introduced the idea in a widely cited paper for Futures.[6] He also edited and wrote the introductory chapter for the Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader.[7] He has also described the idea for a popular audience in an article for The Futurist[4] and a TEDx talk.[8]

Inayatullah's work on CLA was examined in a book by Jose W. Ramos in 2003.[9]

Academic positions[edit]

In addition to his role at Tamkang University, Inayatullah is an Adjunct Professor, Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, Macquarie University, Sydney,[10] and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Social Sciences and the Arts).[2][11]

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.[12] He is also associated editor of New Renaissance[13] and is on the editorial boards of Futures,[14] Development, Peace and Democracy in South Asia, and foresight.[15]

Inayatullah also co-runs the website with Ivana Milojevic.[16]

Other affiliations[edit]

Inayatullah is a member of the World Future Society and has a blog there.[17] He is also a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation.[18] 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.[19]


  1. ^ "Faculty, Graduate Institute of Futures Studies". Tamkang University. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  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. ^ a b Inayatullah, Sohail (January–February 2014). "Causal Layered Analysis Defined". The Futurist. World Future Society. 48 (1). Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Causal Layered Analysis". Scenarios for Sustainability Recipes. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "The Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader: Theory and Case Studies of an Integrative and Transformative Methodology" (PDF). Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  8. ^ Inayatullah, Sohail (12 May 2013). "Causal Layered Analysis: Sohail Inayatullah at TEDxNoosa". Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  9. ^ Ramos, Jose W. (2003). "From critique to cultural recovery: critical futures studies and casual layered analysis". Australian Foresight Institute. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Sohail Inayatullah". Macquarie University. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Professor receives global futurist award". 19 January 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Editors". Journal of Futures Studies. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Articles by Sohail Inayatullah". New Renaissance Magazine. Renaissance Universal. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Futures Editorial Board". Futures, Elsevier. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Editorial team". foresight, Emerald Publishing Group. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Futures Studies by Sohail Inayatullah, Ivana Milojevic, and global futurists". Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Sohail Inayatullah's blog". World Future Society. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  18. ^ "WFSF Fellows". World Futures Studies Federation. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Overview". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 2017-10-12.

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