Edited by Frank Boons and Andrew McMeekin
Chapter 8: Reviewing responsible research and innovation: lessons for a sustainable innovation research agenda?
Responsible research and innovation (RRI) has emerged as a policy concept over the past five years as a notion that explicitly aims to emphasize social and ethical issues of research and innovation. Based on a structured literature review, we assess how scholars deal with the concept of RRI in relation to notions of sustainability and sustainable development. This chapter identifies the features of RRI that are relevant for sustainable innovation and discusses how insights from RRI literature can support further development of a sustainable innovation research agenda. We show that RRI literature has a strong focus on process rather than outcome, and a focus on change within systems rather than change of systems. RRI can contribute to the sustainable innovation research agenda by its emphasis on normative dimensions of innovation, and second, through its attention to individual responsibility and thereby the role of agency in innovation.
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