Institutions for Future Generations
Project Description

Today’s world is surrounded by problems that threaten intergenerational sustainability. In times of climate change, ageing and budget deficit, it becomes pressing to consider how humans can endure and thrive into the long-term future. This project looks into the institutional design for future generations. It will explore the causes, consequences and justifications of different ‘future-friendly’ institutions in theory and practice, including but not limited to children’s councils, youth parliaments, ombudsmen for future generations, intergenerational trusts, and other clauses/procedures. The central aim of the project is to understand how institutions are/should be designed to promote intergenerational sustainability.

WONG James K.
Course type
Applicant's Roles

The student(s) will: (1) review the literature on institutional design and intergenerational sustainability; and/or (2) conduct comparative or normative analyses of institutional proposals for future generations. He/she/they will have excellent skills in reading and writing. Knowledge in environmental politics, sustainability studies, comparative politics, and/or applied ethics/political philosophy is highly desirable.

Applicant's Learning Objectives

1. Knowledge: Describe and explain different ‘future-friendly’ institutions in the real world and/or evaluate and recommend proposals of institutional design from a theoretical perspective.
2. Skills: Apply concepts and theories from political science and philosophy to discuss issues in institutional design and intergenerational sustainability.
3. Attitude: Exercise independent and critical judgments in debates about politics and sustainability as well as develop the awareness of intergenerational sustainability.

Complexity of the project