Roanne van Voorst

Anthropologist of the Future, researcher & writer

Roanne van Voorst is a researcher, writer, (Tedx)speaker and moderator. As an ‘anthropologist of the
future’, her core research focuses on what she calls ‘sustainable humanity’: in times of robotification, what makes us human? In an era that is characterized by climate changes and fake news, how can we remain hopeful and empathic? How will we live, love and make a living in the nearby future?

In 2014, she obtained her Ph.D. (with distinction/cum laude) at the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR). She has since worked as a consultant for the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS) on a research project on the future of cities, offers consultancy and academic advice to different Non-Governmental Organisations and companies, and is currently affiliated to the International Institute of Social Studies. Roanne is also a member of the Dutch Future Society.


Talk: An anthropology of the inequal future: meeting the generation of the Coronials

In this talk, anthropologist of the future Roanne van Voorst (PhD, Msc) introduces you to your future fellow citizens: the No-Bodies and the Don’t-wants, the Fearful and the Radicals. How will society change, in 5, 10, 20 or 30 years from now? Will increased conflict and polarization lead to deepened divisions and subcultures? And, just as important: what are the capabilities we need, in order to protect what Van Voorst calls ‘sustainable humanity’?