Special Issue “Institutional Change for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)” Call for papers
Guest editors: Dr. Nhien Nguyen & Dr. Dr. phil. René von Schomberg
Abstract (500 words max) deadline: 31/1/2021
Full paper (7000 words max) submission: 31/3 – 30/7/2021
Responsible Innovation (RI) has become the subject matter of a wide array of research topics over the past ten years. In particular, the concept Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has been a cross-cutting issue in the European Union Framework Program for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, the world’s largest research and innovation program (von Schomberg and Hankins, 2020). Furthermore, RRI has become an operational objective of Horizon Europe (2021-2027) and translate into mission-oriented research towards societal challenges (notably SDGs) co-created and co-designed by knowledge coalitions of stakeholders, including citizens. RRI can be defined as “a transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other with a view to the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products” (von Schomberg, 2011, p. 9). This constitutes a new paradigm for innovation in which our social systems institutionalize collective co-responsibility as a driving force for socially desirable innovation by giving innovation a direction and, whenever possible, shaping its characteristics. To make this happen, necessary conditions for facilitating RRI need to be in place. Institutional change to enable such conditions, for example, organizing collective responsibility at the organizational innovation process by engaging societal actors to co-design, co-create with the focus on socially desirable output, is crucial.