11 June 2014

Building a governance framework for Responsible Research and Innovation – a ‘socio-normative’ approach

Date: Wednesday 11 June 2014


Location: Ravelijn, RA1247

Speakers: Stefan Kuhlmann and Bart Walhout

Title and abstract

The FP7 project Res-AGorA has been designed in response to a call from the European Commission to develop a normative and comprehensive framework for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). In this project IGS (STePS and PA) is responsible for conceptual development in the ‘socio-normative’ approach of the project: instead of departing from normative orientations for RRI we would like to learn from de facto governance of RRI, so as to develop a framework which is able to facilitate constructive interventions. In this methodology seminar we will discuss the conceptual targets and (tentative) relations in linking analytic and normative perspectives in our approach.

The project is organized in two main steps: 1) learning from empirical research on de facto governance of RRI (case studies); and 2) constructing an overarching framework in consultation with ‘stakeholders’. In the first step we have developed a research heuristic for the empirical research: we analyse how the de facto governance of RRI emerges from the dynamic interplay in three (overlapping) dimensions: RRI governance arrangements, actors (not) involved and the places, spaces and problem framings making up de facto governance practices of RRI. Analysing these as ‘RRI in the making’ we draw lessons from our cases by assessing the constructive and productive qualities of these interactions in relation to two key processes in the governance of RRI: responsibilisation and contestation. Currently, we are preparing for the second step, for which we envision to build a ‘meta-governance’ frame as a means of offering strategic intelligence. Details of both steps will be discussed in the seminar.