Sohail Inayatullah

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

Academic career[edit]

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.[3][4] He introduced the idea in a widely cited paper for Futures.[5] He also edited and wrote the introductory chapter for the Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader.[6] He has also described the idea for a popular audience in an article for The Futurist[3] and a TEDx talk.[7]

Inayatullah's work on CLA was examined in a book by Jose W. Ramos in 2003.[8]

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,[9] and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Social Sciences and the Arts).[2][10]

Role in journals and web publications[edit]

Inayatullah is co-editor (along with Clement C. P. Chang and Jian-Bang Deng) of the Journal of Futures Studies, one of the top journals in futures studies.[11] He is also associated editor of New Renaissance[12] and is on the editorial boards of Futures,[13] Development, Peace and Democracy in South Asia, and foresight.[14]

Inayatullah also co-runs the website with Ivana Milojevic.[15]

Other affiliations[edit]

Inayatullah is a member of the World Future Society and has a blog there.[16] He is also a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation.[17]


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