SCALINGS hosts panel at 4S in Sydney, 29th August – 1st September 2018

SCALINGS coordinator Sebastian Pfotenhauer (TUM) co-hosted a track on “Global Perspectives on Responsible Innovation: Widening the Gaze” at the 4S conference in Sydney, together with Nina Frahm (TUM), Prof. Stefan Kuhlmann (TU/e) and Dr. Anapurna Mamidipudi (MPI HoS Berlin).

Responsible Innovation (RI) has become a prominent umbrella term for a range of concerns, instruments, and practices related to the better alignment of society with emergent technoscience. As of late, there have been increasing calls to globalize, or “mainstream,” RI frameworks because of the global impacts of many technologies and the shifting international landscape of innovation. Yet, the main premise of RI is precisely that innovation should not be de-coupled from the concrete local needs and concerns of societies, which differ vastly across regions. With some exceptions, STS research has thus far paid relatively little attention to how regions conceive and implement ‘responsibility’ differently with regard to innovation, and what these differences mean for our conceptual frameworks and the governance of innovation systems. At the same time, individual scholarly efforts to connect to discourses and practices in different epistemic and political traditions.

This track aims to put the regionally and culturally situated nature of “responsibility” in innovation front and center. It aims to explore the conceptual and practical questions associated with mainstreaming RI across different contexts, strengthen comparative perspectives on RI, and inform the development new concepts, instruments, and policies. We especially invite papers addressing:

  • What different understandings and practices of “responsibility” exist (or are emerging) across the globe with regard to innovation?
  • How can we explain, compare, and utilize these differences for the governance of innovation systems?
  • How does RI relate to/neglect/collide with other discourses, e.g. inclusive, frugal, or grassroots innovation?
  • How do RI frameworks travel around the world? What new dependencies and hegemonies are being created?
  • What opportunities and limits exist for mainstreaming or standardizing RI?
  • Who are the actors and institutions responsible for the globalizing RI discourse?


Pathways To Entrepreneurship: A Study Of Entrepreneurial Efforts Of Grassroots Innovators In Mechanical Engineering
Rollins John, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development

Putting Responsibility Centre-Stage: The Case Of Responsible Stagnation
Fabien Medvecky, University of Otago; Michiel Van Oudheusden, KU Leuven/ University of Liège

Translating “Responsible Innovation” in Australia
Peta Ashworth, University of Queensland; Semso Sehic, University of Queensland

Between Inclusiveness and Responsibility. STI policy agendas, frameworks and practices ‘towards society’ in developing countries
Hernan Thomas, IESCT-UNQ / CONICET ; Gabriela Bortz, IESCT-UNQ / CONICET; Santiago Garrido, IESCT-UNQ / CONICET

Globalizing Responsible Research and Innovation: Experiences in international collaboration for RRI
Tess Doezema, Arizona State University

Innovation as interaction processes: the socio-technical constitution of Mondragon Cooperative Corporation (MCC)
Juan Carlos García-Cruz, Universidad del País Vasco, España

‘Opening up’ science policy? Engaging with RRI in Brazil Marko Monteiro, State University of Campinas;
Luis Ignacio Reyes-Galindo, State Unniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP); Phillip Macnaghten, Wageningen University

Responsible Innovation and Transnational Governance in Neuroscience and Neurotechnology: A Comparative Perspective
Nina María Frahm, Technical University of Munich; Sebastian Michael Pfotenhauer, Technical University of Munich