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Quality criteria and indicators for responsible research and innovation: Learning from transdisciplinarity


Wickson, F and Carew, AL, Quality criteria and indicators for responsible research and innovation: Learning from transdisciplinarity, Journal of Responsible Innovation, 1, (3) pp. 254-273. ISSN 2329-9460 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/23299460.2014.963004


The concept of ‘responsible innovation’ (RI) or ‘responsible research and innovation’ (RRI) is rapidly gaining currency. However, a persistent critique is that without more concrete elaboration, the interpretive flexibility of the concept is so broad as to effectively render it meaningless. The articulation of quality criteria and indicators therefore seems crucial for RRI to be understood and operationalized by researchers, research funders, innovators and other relevant stakeholders. In this paper, we specifically draw on our knowledge and experience from the transdisciplinary research community, combined with recent multi-stakeholder deliberative work on the concrete case of nanoremediation, to make an offering on the challenge of articulating quality criteria and approaches to evaluate RRI. In doing so, we present an iteratively arrived at set of quality criteria, designate significant elements of each of these, and then develop an evaluative rubric of performance indicators across them. While the criteria and rubric we present were initiated through the specific context of our work on advancing RI in the research, development and use of nanoparticles for environmental remediation, we believe that they can serve as a useful example for how evaluative criteria and approaches can be developed and offer a helpful frame for sponsoring and structuring the ongoing conversations on quality criteria and indicators that are necessary if RRI is to reach its full potential.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:responsible innovation, transdisciplinary research, nanoremediation, evaluation, quality
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Carew, AL (Dr Anna Carew)
ID Code:98235
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:74
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2015-02-06
Last Modified:2017-11-23

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