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Developing a framework of responsible innovation

Stilgoe, J.; Owen, R.; Macnaghten, P.

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J. Stilgoe

R. Owen

P. Macnaghten


The governance of emerging science and innovation is a major challenge for contemporary democracies. In this paper we present a framework for understanding and supporting efforts aimed at ‘responsible innovation’. The framework was developed in part through work with one of the first major research projects in the controversial area of geoengineering, funded by the UK Research Councils. We describe this case study, and how this became a location to articulate and explore four integrated dimensions of responsible innovation: anticipation, reflexivity, inclusion and responsiveness. Although the framework for responsible innovation was designed for use by the UK Research Councils and the scientific communities they support, we argue that it has more general application and relevance.


Stilgoe, J., Owen, R., & Macnaghten, P. (2013). Developing a framework of responsible innovation. Research Policy, 42(9), 1568-1580.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2013
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2016
Journal Research Policy
Print ISSN 0048-7333
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 9
Pages 1568-1580


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