Prof. Dr. phil. Kerstin Cuhls

Kerstin Cuhls has been a scientific project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) since 1992. She studied Japanology, Chinese Studies and Economics/Business Administration. She finished her Dr. phil. at the University of Hamburg in Japanology about Technology Foresight in Japan and now combines this knowledge with methods from Futures Research.

Kerstin Cuhls is Professor for Japanology at the University of Heidelberg, Center for East Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS). She combines East Asian studies with Futures concepts/ Foresight and time research. From 2011 to 2012, she was already interim professor for Japanology at the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Heidelberg with lectures and seminars about East Asian history, cultural issues in the context of management, Innovation in Japan, Time Concepts in East Asia and Demographic Change. Teaching assignments (Demographic Change, Time Concepts) in Heidelberg followed.

From 2007 to 2009 Kerstin Cuhls was the project manager of the first cycle of the BMBF Foresight. From 2008 to 2010 she was head of the business unit "Foresight and Futures Research" at Fraunhofer ISI. In national, regional and international studies for different contracting authorities she built up a huge repertoire of methods in Foresight applied in projects and taught in seminars at the Freie Universität Berlin (Masterstudiengang Zukunftsforschung) as well as the Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik (BAKS).

Kerstin Cuhls was a member of the European Forum for Forward-Looking Activities (EFFLA) of the European Commission, the High Level Expert Group RISE and the expert group “Strategic Foresight”. She was a member of the SCAR Foresight expert that conducted the 5th SCAR Foresight for the European Commission.

Kerstin Cuhls is on the International Editorial and Advisory Boards of different Journals (e.g. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of European Futures Research, Futures & Foresight Science) and co-editor of the German Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung.