Developing a framework for responsible innovation
Owen, Richard J.
The governance of emerging science and innovation is a major challenge for contemporary democracies.In this paper we present a framework for understanding and supporting efforts aimed at ‘responsible innovation’. The framework was developed in part through work with one of the first major research projects in the controversial area of geoengineering, funded by the UK Research Councils. We describe this case study, and how this became a location to articulate and explore four integrated dimensions of responsible innovation: anticipation, reflexivity, inclusion and responsiveness. Although the framework for responsible innovation was designed for use by the UK Research Councils and the scientific communities they support, we argue that it has more general application and relevance.
This research was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council
© 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Open Access funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under a Creative Commons license
Volume 42, Issue 9, November 2013, Pages 1568–1580