3. A Vision of Responsible Research and Innovation

  1. Richard Owen2,
  2. John Bessant2 and
  3. Maggy Heintz3
  1. René von Schomberg

Published Online: 2 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551424.ch3

Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society

Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society

How to Cite

von Schomberg, R. (2013) A Vision of Responsible Research and Innovation, in Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society (eds R. Owen, J. Bessant and M. Heintz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118551424.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Exeter Business School, UK

  2. 3

    French Embassy, London, UK

Author Information

  1. European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 26 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119966364

Online ISBN: 9781118551424

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Keywords:

  • collective responsibility;
  • grand challenges;
  • responsible research and innovation (RRI)

Summary

This chapter outlines a vision behind responsible research and innovation (RRI), taking a largely European policy perspective. It provides a definition of the concept and proposes a broad framework for its implementation under research and innovation schemes around the world. The author makes the case that RRI should be understood as a strategy of stakeholders to become mutually responsive to each other, anticipating research and innovation outcomes aimed at the “grand challenges” of our time, for which they share responsibility. Research and innovation processes need to become more responsive and adaptive to these grand challenges. This implies, among others, the introduction of broader foresight and impact assessments for new technologies, beyond their anticipated market-benefits and risks.