Curriculum Vitae: Dr. José María Ramos

Address: 24 Malmsbury, Vic. 3446, Australia

Phone: 61- 431-541-068

Email: [email protected]

Citizenship: US Citizen and Australian Citizen (Dual)

Date of Birth: 24th of August, 1971

Gender: Male


Senior Consultant, Action Foresight, Strategic Foresight and Innovation Research and Consultancy Group.

2011- ongoing
Senior Consulting Editor, Journal of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan

2018- ongoing
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of the Sunshine Coast


Ph.D., Queensland University of Technology, Global Change, Development and Foresight. Received the QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in March 2011 (top 5% of class).

Master of Science in Strategic Foresight, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Emphasis on Globalisation, Social Innovation and Action Research.

Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine. Studies undertaken included Spanish, Japanese and Chinese language, philosophy and culture.

Graduated from Whittier High School, Whittier, California.


Senior Consultant, Action Foresight

Adjunct Senior Lecturer and Sessional Course Coordinator, University of Sunshine Coast, Futures Studies Program

2011 – ongoing
Senior Consulting Editor for the Journal of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan.

2008 – 2017
Lecturer (sessional) at Victoria University, Social Research for International Community Development, Bachelor and Master degree students.

2006 – 2016
Contributor and lecturer for Oases Masters graduate program in Sustainability and Social Change, Melbourne.

Researcher, Leuphana University, Centre for Digital Cultures, Luneburg Germany

Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

2009 – 2013
Research Analyst, Smart Services CRC, Services 2020 Foresight project.

2008 – 2010
Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, National Centre for Sustainability, Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development; Lecturer in the Master of Strategic Foresight (Management) program.

2002 – 2005
Junior researcher at the Australian Foresight Institute.

2000 – 2001
Copy Editor, Journal of Futures Studies. Taipei, Taiwan.

PROJECTS (Abbreviated)

Research and facilitation for the municipal government of Mexico City, and CENTRO University.

Consulting and research with state government departments in Victoria Australia. Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Workshop facilitation for the Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Association.

Research on urban low carbon transitions for the University of Melbourne, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab.

Workshop facilitation and research for the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS), government think tank and research institute, Brunei.

Research and facilitation in a number of sectors: Web Services, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums), Government Services.

Developed and ran the Bendigo a Thinking Community program, a nine month community foresight for innovation process.

2011 / 2013 / 2014
Developed and run five day Foresight for Policy course for the OIC (Organization for Islamic Countries) in Islamabad.

2010 – 2013
Researcher / advisor / consultant for City of Port Phillip Council, sustainability projects, community indicators evaluation, local action planning process to address climate change related challenges, age friendly cities evaluation.

Co-facilitator of futures workshops for the Victorian Council of Social Services and Queensland Council of Social Services.

2004 – 2006
Advisory, consulting and research role for Desert Uplands Build-Up and Development Committee in Queensland. This committee, which was funded by the Queensland state government, aimed to develop research strategies for sustainable land management and economic reform.

2003 Spring
Liaison and co-editor for the 2004 edition, ‘Knowledge Base of Futures Studies’.

Educator and facilitator for the Questacon Invention Convention, a program that aimed to give young people greater capacity in launching progressive social ventures, developed with The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra.

2002 – 2008
Event and communications coordinator for the all-Victoria action research network SPIRAL (systematic – participatory – inquiry – research – action – learning), headed by Dr. Yoland Wadsworth.

2002 June – Sept.
Coordinator for the Research-to-Action Symposium at Borderlands Co-operative, Hawthorn.

2002 February – March
Intern at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology.

2001 Sept.-Nov.
Co-designer and presenter of Univator, an action learning workshop program held at the University of Melbourne faculty of science.

2001 October
Co-designer and presenter/facilitator, scenarios workshop on strategic foresight for Orica Corporation, part of the corporation’s Live Wire program.

2000 May – December
Co-ordinator and Liason for NewFutures 2000, a conference of international scholars held at Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan.


Member, Association of Professional Futurists
Editorial board of the journal Futures, Elsevier Press


Fluent English, proficient Spanish, conversational Chinese (Mandarin), (very) basic Japanese.


Bauwens, M., & Ramos, J. (2018). Re-imagining the left through an ecology of the commons: towards a post-capitalist commons transition. Global Discourse, 8(2), 325-342. (refereed article)

D Sharp, J Ramos (2018) Design Experiments and Co-governance for City Transitions: Vision Mapping, Journal of Peer Production, Issue 11, 2018/1 (refereed article)

Ramos, José. (2017): “FuturesLab: Anticipatory Experimentation, Social Emergence and Evolutionary Change.” Journal of Futures Studies 22.2 107-118.

Law, S. F., & Ramos, J. (2017). Participatory Knowledge Co-creation: Using Digital Mapping as an Emancipatory Method. In Emancipatory and Participatory Methodologies in Peace, Critical, and Community Psychology (pp. 61-76). Springer, Cham. (book chapter)

Ramos, J. (2017). Donald Trump and the Birth of a Planetary Culture. Journal of Futures Studies, 21(3), 43-52. (essay)

Giotitsas, C. & Ramos J., (2017) A New Model of Production for a New Economy. Two Cases of Agricultural Communities. Source Network / New Economics Foundation (Report)

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Ramos, J. (2017) The Rise of Commons Based Economic Governance, Journal of Futures Studies, September, 22(1): 73–88 (refereed article)

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Ramos, J. (2017). Cosmo-localization and leadership for the Future, Journal of Futures Studies, June, Vol. 21, N.4 (refereed article)

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Ramos, J. (ed.) (2016). The City as Commons: a Policy Reader, Commons Transition Coalition, Melbourne. (Edited book)

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Ramos, J. Bauwens, M. and Kostakis, V. (2016), P2P and Planetary Futures, In Carson, R. (Ed.), Critical Posthumanism and Planetary Futures, Springer, Zurich. (book chapter)

Ramos, J. (2016) The Future of Work, Stir to action magazine. (magazine article)

Ramos J. (2016). Linking Foresight and Action: Toward a Futures Action Research, In Rowell, L., Bruce, C., Shosh J., and Riel, M. (Ed.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, Palgrave. (book chapter)

Linking Foresight and Action

Ramos, J. (2015), Liquid democracy and the futures of governance, In Ono, R and Winter, J. (ed), The Future Internet: Alternative Visions, Springer, Zurich. (book chapter)

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Ramos, J. (2014) Liquid Democracy: The App That Turns Everyone into a Politician, Shareable, (magazine article)

Ramos, J. (2016) The structural, the post structural and the commons: meta-networking for systemic change, In Pease B., et al. (Ed) Doing Critical Social Work, Allen and Unwin (book chapter)

Ramos, J. (2014) Anticipatory Governance: Traditions and Trajectories for Strategic Design, Journal of Futures Studies, Vol. 19 No. 1 September (refereed article)

Priday, G., Mansfield, T. and Ramos, J. (2014) Tools for alternate temporalities, in Fiona R Cameron et al (Ed) Climate change, museum futures. Routledge, New York (book chapter)

Ramos, J. (2013) Forging the synergy between anticipation and innovation, Journal of Futures Studies, Vol. 18 No. 1 September (refereed article)

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Ramos, J. (2013) The futures of power in the network era, Journal of Futures Studies, Vol. 17 No. 4 June (refereed article)

Ramos, J., Mansfield, T., & Priday, G. (2012). Foresight in a network era: Peer-producing alternative futures. Journal of Futures Studies, 17(1), 71-90. (refereed article)

Ramos, J. Alternative Futures of Globalisation: A Socio-Ecological Study of the World Social Forum Process, P.h.D. Thesis Dissertation, Queensland University of Technology, 2010 (Won QUT’s Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award).

Floyd, J., Burns, A. and Ramos, J. ‘A Challenging Conversation on Integral Futures: Embodied Foresight & Trialogues’, Journal of Futures Studies, Nov 2009 (essay)

Ramos, J. ‘Movements toward holism in futures inquiry’, Futures, 2009 (refereed article)

O’Connor, A. Ramos, J. Hayward, P. ‘Foresight, Social Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Some
Issues for Education’, The history and future of social innovation conference, The Hawke Centre, Adelaide 19-21 June 2008 (refereed article)

Hayward, P, O’ Connor, A., Ramos, J. ‘Toward human and social innovation’, in 4th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange. Brisbane, Australia, QUT, 2007 (refereed article)

Ramos, J. and O’Connor, A. Co-editor of special issue for the Journal of Futures Studies on linking Foresight, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Nov 2007. (refereed article)

Ramos, J. ‘Toward a politics of possibility: Charting shifts in utopian imagination through the World Social Forum Process’. Journal of Futures Studies, Volume 11, Number 2, 2006 (refereed article)

Ramos, J. ‘Conceptualising Agency Through the World Social Forum Process: A layered analysis of alternative globalisation’, Community Development in a Global Risk Society conference, 20 – 22 April 2006, Deakin University Conference Proceedings, 2007 (refereed article)

O’Connor, A. and Ramos J. ‘Empowering entrepreneurship through foresight and innovation: Developing a theoretical framework for empowerment in enterprise programs’, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2006, 1–25 (refereed article)

Ramos, J. ‘Consciousness, culture and the communication of foresight’, Futures 38, 2006, 1119–1124 (essay)

Ramos, J. ‘A Metascan of Natural Resource Management & Rural Futures Literature in Australia’, A Report for the Partnerships for Desert Uplands Solutions and Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Jan 2006.

Guest editor for the Journal of Futures Studies devoted to special issue Symposium on Action Learning, August 2005.

Ramos, J. ‘Dimensions in the confluence of futures studies and action research’, Futures, Elsevier, London, 2006. (refereed article)

Co-editor for Futures (Elsevier) special issue with Professor Sohail Inayatullah (University of Sunshine Coast), a special issue on action learning for sustainable futures – published in 2006.

Ramos, J. ‘Futures Education as Temporal Conscientisation’, Social Alternatives, University of Queensland, Vol. 24 No.4, Fourth Quarter, 2005 (refereed article)

Ramos J. ‘Global futures studies: evolving foundations of a meta-discourse’, Futures. Elsevier. Vol 37, Issue 10, December, 2005. (essay)

Ramos, J. ‘Memories and methods: conversations with Ashis Nandy, Ziauddin Sardar and Richard Slaughter’, Futures, Elsevier, Volume 37, Issue 5, June, 2005 (interview)

Ramos, J. & Hillis D. ‘Anticipatory Innovation’. Journal of Futures Studies. 9(2): Nov. 2004 (refereed article)

Ramos, J. Metascanning foresight in Australia: a review of practitioners and organizations, Australian Foresight Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, 2004 (monograph)

Ramos J & Gaspar T. ‘Youth and WFSF: a generational approach’ Futures, Elsevier – in press, to be published in 2005 (refereed article)

Ramos J. ‘Deep Participation and Causal Layered Analysis’, CLA Reader, Inayatullah S. (ed) – to be published 2004 (book chapter)

Ramos J. ‘A Bibliographic Narrative of Causal Layered Analysis’, CLA Reader, Inayatullah S. (ed), 2004 (book chapter)

Ramos J. ‘The Mumbai World Social Forum: alternative futures from the grassroots’, Journal of Futures Studies, May 2004 (report)

Ramos J. ‘The Mumbai World Social Forum and the marriage of local and global’, New Community Quarterly, May 2004 (report)

Ramos J. & O’Connor A. ‘Social Foresight, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: Pathways Toward Sustainability’ paper presented at the AGSE Babson Conf. on Entrepreneurship at Swinburne Uni. Tech, Feb. 2004 (refereed conference paper)

Ramos J. & Salvagno D. ‘What is the alternative?’ New Community Quarterly, vol 1, no. 2, winter 2003 (essay)

Ramos J. From Critique to Cultural Renewal: Critical Futures Studies and Causal Layered Analysis, Australian Foresight Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne 2003 (monograph)

Ramos, J.M. Positive Community Futures through Action Foresight: a step-by-step approach’ in Wildman, P. & Schwencke, H. Your Community Learning: action learning circle, Brisbane, Community Learning Initiatives and Prosperity Press 2003

Ramos J. ‘Action Research as Foresight Methodology’, Journal of Futures Studies, August 2002 (refereed article) Also to be published in Knowledge Base of Future Studies, 2005

Ramos J. Book Review for Australian Foresight Institute web site, Winter 2002 [Strategic Foresight: The Power of Standing in the Future Nick Marsh with Mike McCallum and Dominique Purcell, Crown Content, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia, 2002, pp ix + 299.]

Ramos J. ‘The Australia of the future: languishing in obscurity?’ Critique of Bulletin Article for the Australian Foresight Institute, Spring 2002

Ramos J. ‘International Survey of Tertiary Futures Courses’, Australian Foresight Institute, May 2002 (survey research published online)

Ramos J. ‘Futures languages in Taiwan’, Futures, Elsevier, August 2001 (essay)

Ramos J. ‘NewFutures 2000: Grammar of the future’, Journal of Futures Studies, August 2001 (essay)