Anne Dencker Bædkel is a sociologist and futurist. She has been working at the Institute since 2013. Anne is the project leader for CIFS’ Global Scanning Network and editor of the publication Global Scanning Review. She has previously been the editor of the Institute’s members’ reports but now primarily works with CIFS’ client projects.

Anne’s work focuses on new lifestyles, norms and values of new and old generations and segments, as well as digital culture.

Among Anne’s primary areas of expertise are how people live and work in the future, and she has worked with PFA, Roskilde Festival, Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK, Fjell Municipality in Norway and Malmö Municipality in Sweden.

Anne participated in establishing the Global Scanning Network in 2014, which she has worked on developing since. This entails recruiting and providing feedback for the 30 members of the network who are admitted every six months. The members of the Global Scanning Network collect and evaluate a broad range of signals and early signs of change and categorise them in a scanning database. The database provides the foundation for much of the research done at CIFS, as it can be the basis for the early recognition of new development patterns.

Anne also has a column in Scenario Magazine, where she writes about digital culture.


Since 2013, Anne has hosted and facilitated workshops in Danish, English and the Scandinavian languages. She has held keynote presentations and workshops in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Russia.

Current talks

  • Future Media
  • Changing Communities
  • The Home of the Future

All presentations are tailored to fit the needs of the client.

Highlights from Anne’s research

In 2019, Anne collaborated with Norwegian public broadcaster NRK in a series of workshops and a report on the future of public service media. She has recently written a report on young Europeans’ wishes for future living, as well as a report on scenarios for municipalities in the future for the Norwegian municipality Fjell. She has also participated as an expert in several conferences and panel debates.

Education and career

Bach.scient. og cand.scient. in sociology from the University of Copenhagen (2005-2012).

Experience before joining CIFS:

2012-2013: researcher for the Municipality of Copenhagen

2019-2011: Assistant for prof. Elsebeth Lynge, Centre for Epidemiology and Screening, University of Copenhagen

2007-2009: Mentor, coordinator and project leader, Institute for Sociology, University of Copenhagen

2007-2009: Research Assistant, Danish Department for Research and Innovation.

Bonus info: From past to futures researcher

Before she finished her studies in sociology, Anne tried to live out her old dream of becoming Indiana Jones. She had a single-semester career as an archaeologist before the past gave way to the future.


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