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Social Costs of Non-Responsible Research

  • Sylvie Faucheux
  • Caroline Gans Combe
  • Catherine Kuszla
  • Martin O’Connor
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Abstract

This chapter addresses a double set of issues: (1) research misconduct of persons and organisations directly engaged in the practice of scientific research and (2) responsible research, meaning activities of discovery and innovation respectful of wider societal values. These two topics are clearly intertwined; but they are not the same. Drawing on results of the European DEFORM Project, we clarify the distinction between, and the inter-relations of, these two concepts. To highlight misconduct relative to “internal” standards of good science, we look at the phenomenon of research fraud. Then we turn to the call for responsible innovation relative to contemporary ecological and societal challenges of sustainability. Although two domains engage distinct considerations of integrity and responsibility in society, we can link them with a broad vision of “social costs” provoked by non-responsible research, thus providing a unified framework for addressing quality assurance for science in society.

Keywords

DEFORM Project Fraud Governance Knowledge quality assessment Research misconduct Responsible innovation Social costs Sustainability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvie Faucheux
    • 1
  • Caroline Gans Combe
    • 2
  • Catherine Kuszla
    • 3
  • Martin O’Connor
    • 4
  1. 1.Inseec U ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.ReihooParisFrance
  3. 3.University of Paris NanterreParisFrance
  4. 4.University of Paris SaclayParisFrance

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