Technology, Citizens and Social Change in the Framework of European Research and Innovation Programmes: Towards a Paradigm Shift

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 169)


In this paper I present the paradigm shift occurred in recent years in the approach to technology development within the European Commission funded Research and Innovation frameworks. This new approach is attentive to social good, societal challenges and bottom-up users and stakeholders, but presents at the same time some limitations. By leveraging Sigma Orionis longstanding experience in European funded projects and highlighting the current trends, challenges and best practices, I identify some avenues for making this approach even more impactful in the coming years.


Horizon 2020 FP7 European Commission Social innovation Communities Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sigma OrionisValbonne, Sophia AntipolisFrance

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