How to achieve integration?

Methodological concepts and challenges for the integration of ethical, legal, social and economic aspects into technological development
  • Mone SpindlerEmail author
  • Sophia Booz
  • Helya Gieseler
  • Sebastian Runschke
  • Sven Wydra
  • Judith Zinsmaier


The idea that ethical, social, legal and economic aspects are important considerations in the development of emerging technologies is nothing new. In the 1990s, science policies in the United States began combining public funding for science with research on ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI). This inspired the ongoing development of related funding schemes in Europe such as ELSA (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects) and RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), the latter of which also addresses economic considerations. In addition, the academic disciplines representing these aspects – ethics, law, the social sciences and economics – have their own histories of relating to and influencing technological innovation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mone Spindler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sophia Booz
    • 2
  • Helya Gieseler
    • 6
  • Sebastian Runschke
    • 3
  • Sven Wydra
    • 4
  • Judith Zinsmaier
    • 5
  1. 1.Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW)Universität TübingenTübingenDeutschland
  2. 2.Uni HamburgHamburgDeutschland
  3. 3.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinDeutschland
  4. 4.Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung ISIGeschäftsfeld Bioökonomie und LebenswissenschaftenKarlsruheDeutschland
  5. 5.Institut für PhilosophiePhilipps-Universität MarburgMarburgDeutschland
  6. 6.BerlinDeutschland

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