Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist and futurist scholar who currently teaches at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies College of Education, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan. He is also an associate at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Australia; as well as a researcher and instructor at Metafuture.org. Since 2016, he has been the UNESCO Chair holder, previously hosted by the Islamic University of Science Malaysia (USIM).
In 2014, he gave the UNESCO futures lecture series presentation in Laoag, Philippines “Using the future to create resilient cities”. In 2013, he presented at TEDx Noosa. In March 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. In 2010, he was awarded the “Laurel” award for all-time best futurist by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network. In 1999, Dr. Inayatullah held the UNESCO Chair at the Centre for European Studies, University of Trier, Trier, Germany and the Tamkang Chair in Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan. He was also a David Sutton Fellow at the International Management Centres Association in 1999. From 1981 to 1991, he was senior policy analyst and planner with the Hawaii State Judiciary, where he coordinated the Court’s Foresight Program.
Professor Inayatullah is a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and the World Academy of Art and Science and on the International Advisory Council of the World Future Society, the Darwin Project, and the Lifeboat Foundation. He is a benefactor of the VegClimate Alliance.org.
Professor Inayatullah is editor-in- chief of the Journal of Futures Studies and on the editorial boards of Futures, World Future Review and Prout Journal, Peace and Democracy in South Asia, Journal of Futurecast in Marketing and Management, Teniat, and Foresight. He is theme editor of ‘Globalization and World Systems’ for the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. He has also contributed to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Future, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Peace.
He has written more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and magazine editorials. They have appeared in over 40 different journals including American Behavioral Scientist, Australia Science, Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin, Contemporary South Asia, Convergence, Debats Technologics, Development, Edges, Ekonomiaz (Spanish), Euro-Asia Business Review, Foresight, Futurestakes, Futurebrief.com, Future Generations Journal, Futuretakes, Futures Research Quarterly, Futures, Futurics, Hawaii Bar Journal, the Health Advocate, In Context, International Foundation of Development Alternatives Dossier, International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology Journal of Applied Social Behavior, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Futures Studies, Journal of Global and Strategis, Journal of Islamic Science, Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Law and Technology, On the Horizon, Pragati: the Indian National Interest Review, Pakistan Perspectives, Periodica Islamic, Prospectiva, Seminar, Social Epistemologies, Suitcase The American Journal of Islamic Social Science, The Health Advocate, The News Pakistan, Third Text, Tourism Management, Tourism Management, Prout Journal, Whole Earth Review, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Borderless 2011, World Affairs, Futureislam, Scenario:Copenhagen Institute of Futures Studies, The Futurist and World Futures. His articles have been translated into a variety of languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, Farsi, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.
He has edited eleven special issues of academic journals. These include numerous special issues of the journal Futures in the areas of: Communication Futures (with Tony Stevenson); Alternative Futures of the University (with Jennifer Gidley); What Futurists Think; The Futures of South Asia; Layered Methodologies; Anticipatory Action Learning (with Jose Ramos); Epistemological Pluralism in Futures Studies; and City Futures (with Phillip Daffara – forthcoming). He has edited a special issue of Foresight on Ageing Futures and two issues of Futures Research Quarterly on state judiciaries.
In Australia, he has contributed to the Australian Financial Review, having published articles on ‘Defeating the Taliban’, cyber-lobbying, revolutions in governance, digital home futures, dissent in universities, ageing, capitalism and the Internet. He has also written for The Age, The Weekend Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has been interviewed for numerous television and radio programs, radio and Internet special on ‘Visionaries and Education in the 21st Century.