Significant’ financial events cause ‘significant’ changes in science and innovation funding

Significant’ financial events cause ‘significant’ changes in science and innovation funding

Wild Card's progress: basic

This Wild Card came from: 
Interviews

The source of this Wild Card: 
Martin Sharp, Liverpool John Moores University, RTC North

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2025

Wild Card's description 
For instance China calling in debts to undermine a G20 economy leading to significant financial difficulties in Europe and social unrest. There will be an initial significant decrease in science activity, coupled with societal breakdown caused by large scale unemployment and large reduction in personal wealth. In the longer term a self reliance policy will encourage local manufacturing and innovation.