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Our strategic foresight experts specialise in trend forecasting, consumer insight, foresight, brand strategy and innovation across a variety of key industry sectors.

Our strategic foresight experts specialise in trend forecasting, consumer insight, foresight, brand strategy and innovation across a variety of industry sectors: retail, beauty, health and wellness, travel and hospitality, luxury, food and drink, technology, media, and finance.  

Drawing on a workforce of 50+ specialists, our team are on hand to offer expert commentary and data-driven validation for your latest feature or to inspire newsworthy stories with future-facing insights.   

We can also organise expert briefings and interviews with our co-founders, senior leadership team or strategic foresight experts to help you to become a part of the conversation shaping the future. Media can request access to our macrotrends and sector-specific research reports from our consumer intelligence platform, LS:N Global 

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In The Press

Our experts and market research are featured in a wide variety of consumer and business media: 
Raye, centre, the singer, represents an optimistic millennial, while Billie Eilish, left, Sting, Drew Barrymore and Gregg Wallace are all at the forefront of defining generational trends


The Times

Boomer Bedrocker or Late Achiever? The New Rules for your Generation 

The Future Laboratory’s Generations Now and Next 2024–2025 report is unpacked by foresight director Fiona Harkin

Image credit: The Times

AI imagery by The Future Laboratory, UK-1


Luxury Daily

Touting Luxury’s Archival Appeal Predicted as Key to Success in 2024

The Future Laboratory’s foresight director Fiona Harkin highlights luxury habits to watch for Gen Z, from our Future Forecast 2023 report  

Image credit: AI imagery by The Future Laboratory, UK

The Future Laboratorys co-founder, Christopher Sanderson. Credit- Steve Dunlop Photography


TTG Luxury

Travel Trends Set to Shape Luxury in 2024

The Future Laboratory co-founder Christopher Sanderson speaks at the TTG Luxury Travel Summit in London, sharing emerging trends set to shape the future of luxury travel 

Image credit: The Future Laboratory's co-founder, Christopher Sanderson. Credit: Steve Dunlop Photography

New Renaissance by Ferragamo in partnership with Le Gallerie degli Uffizi- Photography by Tyler Mitchell, Italy-1


Luxury Society

The Age of Luxury Consumption is No More, in its Place a New Generation of Collectors

The Future Laboratory’s foresight director Fiona Harkin writes an opinion-editorial on a new generation of luxury archivists as collectors 

Image credit: New Renaissance by Ferragamo in partnership with Le Gallerie degli Uffizi- Photography by Tyler Mitchell, Italy

EQ Commerce Samuel Davies


The Australian

Emotional Intelligence Drives Retail Innovation

The Future Laboratory’s retail macrotrend, EQ-Commerce, is profiled in The Australian Growth Agenda column with notes on how retailers can utilise key technology trends such as AI and personalisation to enhance their customer service offer 

Image credit: EQ Commerce Samuel Davies, The Future Laboratory

1. AI Imagery by The Future Laboratory, UK


Beauty Matter

Beauty, Health & Wellness Predictions for 2023

The Future Laboratory’s beauty macrotrend, Longevity Lifestyles, is profiled as lead beauty analyst Olivia Houghton discusses how brands should think about the consumer mindset for living longer 

Image credit: AI Imagery by The Future Laboratory

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Why Hybrid Working Could Pose Problems

The Future Laboratory’s former senior strategist Joe Portman discusses how employees can re-engage a post-pandemic workforce, with highlights from our Work States Futures macrotrend 

Image credit: Else Design for The Future Laboratory



Vogue Business

The Instagram Era of Influencer Brands is Over. What Now?

The Future Laboratory’s deputy foresight editor Dan Hastings-Narayanin explains what the new influencer economy landscape looks like.

Image credit: Michaël Smits

Photography by Coke Bartrina and Nuria Val


Financial Times

The Plant-Based Beauty Movement

The Future Laboratory’s foresight director Fiona Harkin highlights entrepreneurial brands to watch in the plant-based beauty movement  .

Image credit: Photography by Coke Bartrina and Nuria Val

Chanel took guests on a “personalized scent discovery” at its Lucky Chance Diner in Brooklyn.Sean ZanniWireImage



Luxury Brands are Moving from Haute Couture to Haute-spitality

The Future Laboratory’s foresight analyst Marta Indeka talks about the trend for luxury brands to invest in hospitality-led brand activations.

Image credit: Sean Zanni/WireImage

Esprit, Hong Kong and Amsterdam


Retail Week

The Future Consumer

The Future Laboratory’s foresight director Fiona Harkin explains how our retail futures macrotrend, EQ-Commerce, will affect the way consumers shop in the future.

Image credit: Esprit, Hong Kong and Amsterdam

Left to right- Leila Fataar, Tamara Littleton and Fiona Harkin



Year Ahead for Cultural Trends

The Future Laboratory’s foresight director Fiona Harkin discusses the importance of culture and community trends for Campaign’s annual year ahead feature.

Image credit: Campaign

Ithra Culture Center by Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Photography by Ahmad Alnaji-1


Jing Daily

Inside Saudi’s Luxury Evolution

The Future Laboratory’s New Codes of Luxury in Saudi Arabia report, produced in partnership with Together Group, is profiled  

Image credit: Ithra Culture Center by Saudi Aramco. Photography by Ahmad Alnaji

Tsvetomir Hristov


Business Insider

Could Carbon Passport Concept be the Future of Travel?

The Future Laboratory’s strategic foresight editor Alex Hawkins speaks about the concept of carbon passports in an age of sustainable tourism  

Image credit: Tsvetomir Hristov



Beauty Inc

Beauty's Next Frontier

The Future Laboratory is featured in Beauty Inc in conversation of beauty brands and their place within the metaverse.

Image credit: SINELAB/WWD



CNN Style

From Diversity to Accessibility, Can Tech Change the Way We Think About Beauty for the Better?

The Future Laboratory’s lead beauty analyst Olivia Houghton explains how EQ-Commerce will lead new tech trends in the beauty category 

Image credit: L'Oréal




Future of Malls is Hyperphysical

The Future Laboratory’s foresight director Fiona Harking speaks about the role of placemaking in the shopping malls of the future 

Image credit: Glossy




Fashion Brands Go Hyperphysical

The Future Laboratory's foresight analyst, Abi Buller, discussed with Kati Chitrakorn of Vogue the future of consumer experiences in retail stores.

Image credit: Jacquemus for Vogue

1. The Dreams lifestyle store designed by Adi Goodrich


The Telegraph

Thinking beyond transactional spaces

The Future Laboratory's senior creative foresight analyst Savannah Scott spoke with The Telegraph to explain why all is not lost for the future of the high street.

Image credit: The Dreams lifestyle store designed by Adi Goodrich

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The Future of C-Suite Roles

The Future Laboratory's strategic foresight editor Adam Steel discusses the opportunity to reconsider the purpose of work, why we work and what we want from the world.

Image credit: Ivy Liu via WorkLife




Metaverse Customer Experience

The Future Laboratory's foresight editor, Kathryn Bishop, explains to David Benady of Raconteur the advancement of metaverse tech in the ecommerce industry.

Image credit: Raconteur



Business of Fashion

How to Open a Store in 2022

The Future Laboratory's foresight analyst, Abi Buller, reviewed with Daniel-Yaw Miller of BoF the metaverse and how it's shifting the process of opening a store in 2022. 

Image credit: Business of Fashion



Luxury Society

Hyperphysical Stores

The Future Laboratory's foresight editor, Kathryn Bishop, provides insight to Limei Hoang of Luxury Society on the trend of elevating store spaces to enhance the consumer experience.

Image credit: Balenciaga for Luxury Society




The Future of the Home

The Future Laboratory foresight editor Kathryn Bishop spoke with Richard Godwin of The Guardian to discuss a more sustainable future for the home.

Image credit: Material Futures for The Future Laboratory



Adobe Chats

The Alt-Experience series

The Future Laboratory co-founder Chris Sanderson features in episode one of the series as he discusses the future of retail and customer experience with Tina Daheley.

Image credit: Carolina Carballo for The Future Laboratory


Our team of researchers, analysts, strategists and editors are available for expert commentary, thought-leadership events, specialist interviews and editorial partnerships.

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Chris Sanderson (He/Him)

Chris is responsible for delivering the company’s global roster of conferences, media events and LS:N Global Trend Briefings, which he co-presents with the team in major cities around the world. Clients who have booked his inspirational keynotes include Gucci Group, the European Travel Commission, Retail Week, Chanel, Harrods, Aldo and H&M.

Martin Raymond (He/Him)

Martin is editor-in-chief LS:N Global, the online lifestyle news and consumer insight portal. Having written several books on trend forecasting, including The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook and The Tomorrow People, Martin contributes regularly as an expert on trends and business for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.

Fiona Anderson (She/Her)
people director

Fiona joined The Future Laboratory in 2016 to lead people management and talent acquisition. Her interest in people management began at Macmillan Publishers where she worked in an administrative capacity. As The Future Laboratory continues to grow, Fiona is committed to creating an environment where the team can do their best work while ensuring their professional ambitions are realised.

Rodrigo Tobal (He/Him)
head of marketing

Rodrigo is responsible for developing a 360-degree marketing strategy across The Future Laboratory and LS:N Global. He leads a team focused on maximising the company’s brand awareness and marketing reach in a bid to generate new demand for all services. With more than 10 years’ experience leading high-performing marketing teams, Rodrigo has a proven record of advising, planning and implementing B2C and B2B strategies.

Fiona Harkin
foresight editor

Fiona is a trends and insight consultant who delivers innovative strategic insight and creative content. Having spent 20 years working in leading forecasting and insight agencies and as a journalist, Fiona draws on considerable cross-sector expertise, ranging from consumer lifestyle, media and marketing and digital commerce to fashion, beauty and technology. Fiona brings valuable insight, clarity and direction to our LS:N Global team.

Marta Indeka
foresight analyst

Marta joined The Future Laboratory’s trends intelligence platform LS:N Global as a foresight analyst in 2022. Her background is in fashion and luxury strategy, and she has also worked in trend forecasting, with a focus on changes in consumer attitudes and technology. Marta is the company’s lead researcher on the fashion sector, which involves examining how fashion affects society and vice versa, and unpacking the implications and opportunities for LS:N Global members.

Olivia Houghton (She/Her)
deputy creative foresight editor

Olivia joined The Future Laboratory in early 2018 and is responsible for leading the creative development of LS:N Global. As Deputy Creative Foresight Editor, she ensures the platform’s written and visual content sets new standards for the digital communication. Olivia is also known as The Future Laboratory’s go-to expert for consumer trends in Beauty, Health & Wellness.

Savannah Scott (She/Her)
senior creative foresight analyst

Savannah leads the research and design for food and drink and retail content for the LS:N Global. With a background in creative strategy, anthropology and graphic design, Savannah curates and contributes to the visual narrative of LS:N Global, alongside leading visual research for a number of annual macrotrends and sector reports. Savannah is a regular contributor to LS:N Global’s daily news and weekly articles, as well as being the team’s regional expert for Africa.

Emily Rhodes (She/Her)
creative foresight analyst

Emily joined The Future Laboratory in 2021 after graduating from her course in fashion communication and promotion at Nottingham Trent University. As a creative foresight analyst, she leads the visual research for the youth, media, and technology sectors as well as contributing to LS:N Global’s daily content and design-led pieces. With a keen interest in the future of urban environments and climate-combative design, she is an active member of the lab’s sustainability taskforce.

Rachele Simms
director of strategy and planning

Rachele plays a pivotal role in nurturing the Strategy team and developing the quality of our strategic thinking. With nearly 15 years of experience, she combines her creative background and strong commercial acumen to define and realise future strategies for brands such as Shiseido, lululemon, Jameson and The Chalhoub Group.

Louise French (She/Her)
strategy director

Louise is one of the lead strategists at The Future Laboratory. With over 12 years’ experience in brand and innovation strategy, she works closely with clients such as Dell, Sony, Selfridges and Gulfstream to identify inspiring and revolutionary opportunities for change, and to develop practical strategic frameworks that provide the blueprints for putting the future first.

Rachael Stott (She/Her)
senior futures analyst

Rachael is responsible for leading research to identify and visually communicate global cultural trends across the lifestyle sectors, inspiring our clients to prepare for the future. As our fashion and retail expert, she speaks regularly at our events, and has worked on projects for clients such as Adidas and the British Fashion Council.

Darian Nugent (She/Her)
senior strategic foresight writer

Darian creates tailored reports and thought-leading content across diverse industries. Unlocking future-facing strategies and new brand directions, Darian has written bespoke foresight reports for Jägermeister, Samsung and UBS. Before joining The Future Laboratory, she forecast fashion and youth lifestyle trends for Stylus.

Rosanna Iacono
foresight analyst & presenter Asia-Pacific

Rosanna's career includes 16 years internationally with Nike where she led and launched new business units including Nike Sportswear apparel, and Levi’s where she was the Brand Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Global Brand Director for the Premium division. Rosanna is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of strategy consultancy The Growth Activists in Australia, where she specialises in Growth, Brand, Innovation and ESG Transformation strategy.

Jade Miles
foresight analyst & presenter Asia-Pacific

Jade Miles is a food advocate and educator, business builder, food co-op founder, author, podcaster and regenerative heritage fruit farmer based in Australia. She’s an active presence in the regenerative space, hosting school programs, permaculture and homesteading workshops while sitting on multiple boards – all in the name of reconnecting people to nature, food and a simpler existence.


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