Conceptualizing the practice of responsible research and innovation
Frank Kupper (VU University Amsterdam)
Jacqueline Broerse (VU University Amsterdam)
Sociotechnical innovation
Economy 22a
Wednesday 17 September, 10:30-12:15, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+0)

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Long abstract:

Increasing evidence shows that for science to tackle the grand challenges of our time and contribute to a smart, inclusive and sustainable development of our societies, the wider society needs to be involved in decisions about its form and direction. Research and innovation need to be co-produced with an extended range of societal actors to incorporate societal perspectives and values and reach more socially desirable ends. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) originated from the policy realm, but has the encouraging potential to become the mechanism to bridge the asymmetries between science and society in many fields. This ambitious aim compels us to rethink many issues. How to change focus from the prevention of negative impacts to proactive investigation of what societies do want? How to imagine the future and anticipate possible outcomes and impacts in a multi-actor process? How to arrange and facilitate processes of reflexivity and mutual learning? One of the basic assumptions of science and technology studies is the mutual shaping of science and technology in heterogeneous social networks. An important issue here concerns the reframing of responsibility. RRI embraces the co-production of research and innovation in order to incorporate societal perspectives. Yet how can we make the inclusion of a broad range of actors in deliberative and participative activities truly democratic and productive? Finally, RRI activities should be embedded in new governance structures to contribute to the development of our societies. This track aims to convene scholars that want to contribute to rethinking these issues in order to develop the practice of RRI.

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