International Handbook on Responsible Innovation
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International Handbook on Responsible Innovation

A Global Resource

Edited by René von Schomberg and Jonathan Hankins

The Handbook constitutes a global resource for the fast growing interdisciplinary research and policy communities addressing the challenge of driving innovation towards socially desirable outcomes. This book brings together well-known authors from the US, Europe and Asia who develop conceptual and regional perspectives on responsible innovation as well as exploring the prospects for further implementation of responsible innovation in emerging technological practices ranging from agriculture and medicine, to nanotechnology and robotics. The emphasis is on the socio-economic and normative dimensions of innovation including issues of social risk and sustainability.
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Chapter 7: Understanding the movement(s) for responsible innovation

Miles Brundage and David H. Guston

Abstract

This chapter presents a complex picture of the movements for responsible innovation (RI) through literature review and interview-based research, providing a historical and sociological perspective on developments within the broad RI field. The recent rise of RI in the literature and in practice is characterized as being, in part, a scientific/intellectual movement (SIM), although the movement’s aims and scope extend well beyond the scientific and intellectual communities and are not restricted merely to the changes in patterns of thought that most SIMs aim to achieve. This factor, together with the difficulties faced in bounding the field, represents a challenge for sociological theorizing about SIMs and the changes occurring in modern research and innovation, leading to findings that are relevant both for the enrichment of the social studies of science and technology as well for those seeking to further advance RI theories and agenda.

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