A Global Resource
Edited by René von Schomberg and Jonathan Hankins
Chapter 10: Responsible research and innovation in the broader innovation system: reflections on responsibility in standardisation, assessment and patenting practices
This chapter takes as a point of departure that responsibility in research and innovation concerns actors beyond the researchers and innovators themselves and their institutions. More specifically, I reflect upon the application of RRI in three different parts of the research and innovation systems: standardisation in nanotechnology, assessment of emerging science and technologies in general and patenting in biotechnology. Operationalising RRI in terms of four dimensions, I first summarise findings on the RRI status in these three practices, then I take an integrated look at what these findings imply for the application of the four RRI dimensions to the broader research and innovation system. The analysis highlights issues related to the political nature of agenda-setting for research and innovation, challenges of capacity-building for broad stakeholder involvement, the elusive nature of reflexivity and the problem of documenting genuine societal responsiveness.
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