Mapping the RRI Landscape: An Overview of Organisations, Projects, Persons, Areas and Topics
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Increased attention in politics and academia coincided with a rapid expansion of the RRI discourse. As a consequence, the proliferation of RRI approaches and projects has made it harder to maintain an overview of the discourse. Accessing and keeping track therefore is difficult, especially for newbies, of which there are many now that RRI is being engrained in R&I policies. To untangle the RRI discourse a landscape study was undertaken providing a comprehensive overview of the main contributors, the terms RRI is perceived and the areas it is being applied to. Deploying a qualitative research methodology 536 persons emerged from the sources, affiliated to 246 organisations that reside in 89 different countries. Of these, 312 are authors and 168 involved in 18 RRI projects. Also, the study revealed 14 areas of application, 17 features and 4 methods in relation to which RRI is currently being addressed. Furthermore, the analysis shows which actors act as hubs in the different thematic or regional segments that together make up the discourse. Lastly, the study hints towards future directions of the discourse that are relevant to both policy-makers and RRI researchers. Well-represented areas and terms of addressing may be interpreted as important and therefore in need of further attention, while underrepresented areas represent opportunities for further research or justify further policy attention.
KeywordsLandscape Studies Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) Rathenau Institute Racial Edge Responsible Innovation
The research for this chapter was first undertaken for a deliverable (D 6.4.b) of the EU funded FP7 Governance of REsponsible innovATion (GREAT) project.4 The author would like to thank Bernd Stahl and Sara Wilford for their collaboration on the deliverable and fellow consortium members of the GREAT project for their support and feedback. The author also would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions and comments to improve the quality of the chapter.
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