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From responsible to responsive innovation: a systemic and historically sensitive approach to innovation processes

Rödl, Malte and Boons, Frank and Spekkink, Wouter (2022). From responsible to responsive innovation: a systemic and historically sensitive approach to innovation processes. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 174 , 121231
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Abstract

Responsible innovation has emerged as a field of research dedicated to introduce sensitivity to societal values in innovation processes. However, much of the academic literature on RI deals with single technologies instead of technological systems and is future-orientated without explicitly using specialised knowledge of past developments. In this paper, we present a problem-focused approach to RI that aims to support researchers and stakeholders in developing potential solutions from a perspective of systemic awareness and historical sensitivity. We then describe the application of this approach in an 18 months long interdisciplinary research project on plastics. We show that the approach has generated new and unexpected research projects, formed new inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations, and has impacted some participants’ understanding of the systems in which their work is embedded. We conclude that with appropriate willingness to engage by individual researchers, our approach is able to, firstly, influence highly experienced researchers to engage more responsibly with their work, and secondly, to make research projects responsive by including societal concerns and their historical emergence from the start.

Authors/Creators:Rödl, Malte and Boons, Frank and Spekkink, Wouter
Title:From responsible to responsive innovation: a systemic and historically sensitive approach to innovation processes
Series Name/Journal:Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:174
Article number:121231
Number of Pages:12
ISSN:0040-1625
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:Responsible innovation, Systems thinking, Historical sensitivity, Event graphs, Learning Histories, Plastics, Co-production
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113717
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-113717
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.techfore.2021.121231
Otherhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162521006648
ID Code:25877
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:20 Oct 2021 07:25
Metadata Last Modified:20 Oct 2021 07:31

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