Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

Principal scientist in strategy and foresight at CSIRO.

Stefan Hajkowicz is a principal scientist in strategy and foresight at CSIRO, Australia. In his job he helps people explore the future and make wise choices. Stefan also works with governments in regions and cities to help them identify and develop emerging technology-sector industry clusters. Stefan leads the Data61 Insights research group and during his 22-year CSIRO career he has delivered hundreds of research and consulting projects to industry and government clients. He has been appointed to professional foresight groups at the OECD and World Economic Forum. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics. His book “Global Megatrends” is a CSIRO Publishing best-seller and he has over 4,500 citations (h-index of 33) on Google Scholar in the fields of foresight, strategy, geography and economics.

Global megatrends – A presentation and discussion on CSIRO’s report update

On 27 July 2022 CSIRO launched an update of its report “Our Future World” (the megatrends report). This report has now reached a global audience of well over 20 million people. It’s a narrative of the coming 10-20 years by CSIRO researchers working in the field of strategic foresight. Since the last report was launched much has changed. Climate change is no longer a possible or plausible future; it’s a lived reality for many Australians. Infectious disease risks have materialised through the pandemic. The global economic growth and restricting story now has a much stronger geopolitical dimension. New technologies such as artificial intelligence have achieved rapid growth in adoption and capability. And teleworking has become the norm leading to a new generation of digital nomads with the possibility of longer-term changes to settlement and mobility patterns. This session will cover these, and related, trends via a presentation and discussion.