Responsible innovation through conscious contestation at the interface of agricultural science, policy, and civil society

Abstract

This research examines a series of case studies from the agricultural sector to illustrate how various models of innovation embrace value proposition. A conscious value contestation at the interface of science, policy and civil society requires transformations in the triple-helix model of university-government-industry collaboration, because reiterations in the triple-helix model of innovation, such as quadruple, quintuple and higher helices, do not necessarily address civil society concerns for human values and science ethics. This research develops and tests a matrix model of university-government-industry-civil society collaboration, which involves the co-creation of inclusive and transformational spaces for value proposition. Findings suggest that the matrix model of innovation institutionalises citizen science as it serves as a moral heuristic to make seemingly apolitical science responsive to essentially contested societal values.

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Pant, L.P. Responsible innovation through conscious contestation at the interface of agricultural science, policy, and civil society. Agric Hum Values 36, 183–197 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-019-09909-2

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  • Agriculture
  • Innovation systems
  • Civil society
  • Human values
  • Triple-helix innovation
  • Citizen science