Rafael Ramirez has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the Academy of Social Sciences
Rafael Ramirez, Professor of Practice at Saïd Business School, has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the Academy of Social Sciences, the national representative body for social sciences in the UK.
Rafael is a world leading expert on scenario planning, a strategic planning method that involves identifying a specific set of uncertainties, or alternative 'realities' that might happen in the future of an organisation, to help inform future strategy. He directs the award-winning Oxford Scenarios Programme and is Academic Director of the Oxford Networked Strategy Lab.
'As a graduate of the late "social systems science" doctoral programme of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School I am delighted to have been appointed to this Fellowship in the social sciences,’ said Professor Ramirez. ‘In that programme we articulated the Tavistock Institute’s ideal that social science should be socially engaged, and this is something my role as the University of Oxford’s first Professor of Practice allows me to enact. I was particularly happy to see that working in interdisciplinary teams, often including reflective practitioners, is recognised as a valuable contribution to the social science community. I will strive to engage with members of the Academy to further understand how scenario planning, aesthetics, and value-creating systems – as scholarship and practice – can contribute to improve society.'
New Fellows are recognised following an extensive peer review process that focuses on the excellence and impact of their work in social sciences for the public benefit. He joins Professor Peter Tufano, and Professor Sue Dopson who have both previously been conferred the award of Fellow at the Academy.
A prolific author and researcher, Rafael co-authored Business Planning for Turbulent Times—New Methods for Applying Scenarios – often referred to as the standard text on scenario planning. Over the last 30 years, he has advised NGOs, corporations, inter-governmental organisations, governments and think tanks.
Rafael and the participants of the October 2018 Oxford Scenarios Programme (OSP), along with fellow academic Trudi Lang, were acknowledged recently by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, in her annual report.
Programme participants were asked to use the CMO’s report as a 'live case study.' Using the methodology being taught, they were asked to develop scenarios based on the question of ‘What might cities look like in 2040 and how might this affect public health?’
Their scenarios, in conjunction with other contributions to the report, informed the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) vision of Health in England in 2040. Dame Sally’s report noted that:
‘The participants’ positive attitude towards the health opportunities technologies could offer was particularly exciting, with the CMO also impressed by the participants accompanying considerations of the potential negative impacts on health inequalities that some technologies could impose.’
For more information about Ramirez’s research, visit his profile page.