Dr. Aaron B. Rosa

Aaron Rosa has been working as a researcher in the Competence Center Foresight since June 2016.

He has been a working alternative futures and foresight researcher for the past 10 years. As a research fellow with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, he participated in the organization and implementation of the Hawaii 2050 initiative – a state wide, participatory alternative futures workshop that included immersive scenarios, artifacts from the future, and facilitated visioning exercises. He has also designed and implemented workshops with the East West Center in Myanmar (2013-2014), the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore (2014), the United Nations Development Program (2014-2015), and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (2014-2015). Aaron earned his M.A. and PhD in Political Science with a focus area of Alternative Futures from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with James A. Dator as the chair of his dissertation committee.

  • Aaron’s work has focused on three primary areas of the method and praxis of alternative futures studies and governance.

    Firstly, methods and processes for the participatory development of alternative images of the future are at the center of all his pursuits – including the experiments and the design of platforms that can facilitate such social governance practices.

    This then has inspired his research in New Media and socio-technological theory, to better understand the advantages and dangers of deploying different media for alternative futures research.

    In viewing alternative futures as pluripotent social and political zones of contestation, Aaron’s more technical research has focused on the new spatio-temporal relationships that Mixed Reality systems create and novel modes of interaction that can be utilized to further democratize the creation of images of the future and their contents.

    • Political Science 110 – Introduction to Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Political Science Department, winter term 2013
    • Political Science 241 – Gaming and Futures Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Political Science Department, fall term 2012 (Guest Lecturer)
    • Political Science 241 – Immersive Alternative Futures, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Political Science Department, spring term 2012 (Guest Lecturer)
    • Anthropology 241 – Comic Book Culture and Narrative Image Creation, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Anthropology Department, spring term 2007 (Guest Lecturer)
    • Bontoux, L.; Bengtsson, D.; Rosa, A.; Sweeney, J. (2016): The JRC Scenario Exploration System – From Study to Serious Game. In Journal of Futures Studies 20 (3), pp. 93–108.
    • Rosa, A. B. (2015): Distributed futures: Mixed-reality systems at the nexus of governance, experience and preferred futures. Dissertation. Ann Arbor: ProQuest.
    • Rosa, A. (2013): Occlusive Reality. In Journal of Futures Studies 17 (3), pp. 141–144.
    • Dator, J.; Candy, S.; Dunagan, J.; Rosa, A. (2007): What Futures For Families? Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. Honolulu, Hawaii.