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 28: Chinese perspectives on responsible innovation

Yandong Zhao and Miao Liao

Abstract

As a policy concept and practice emerging from Europe and the US, responsible innovation (RI) is a new idea within the Chinese context. Although it has started to appear more frequently in academic literature, RI has yet to become an influential discourse in the policy-making process or in public debate in China. However, the ground with certain nutritional elements for RI to seed and grow in China does exist. In recent years, RI has been nurtured by a variety of precursory theories and exercises, such as constructive, participatory and real-time technology assessment, ethical, legal and social implications/ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSI/ELSA) research into new and emerging technologies, public engagement and governance of science and technology, risk management and open innovation. In this chapter, we first provide a brief historical overview of the institutional environment of Chinese science, technology and innovation. Then we depict the main actors in promoting RI in China. Finally, we discuss the challenges of RI in China.

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