Social labs as an inclusive methodology to implement and study social change: the case of responsible research and innovation

Timmermans, Job; Blok, Vincent; Braun, RobertORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0579-3532; Wesselink, Renate and Nielsen, Rasmus Øjvind (2020) Social labs as an inclusive methodology to implement and study social change: the case of responsible research and innovation. Journal of Responsible Innovation. (Published before print)

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The embedding and promotion of social change is faced with a paradoxical challenge. In order to mainstream an approach to social change such as responsible research and innovation (RRI) and make it into a practical reality rather than an abstract ideal, we need to have conceptual clarity and empirical evidence. But, in order to be able to gather empirical evidence, we have to presuppose that the approach already exists in practice. This paper proposes a social lab methodology that is suited to deal with this circularity. The methodology combines the defining features of social labs emerging from the literature such as agility and real-world focus with established theories and approaches such as action research and experiential learning. Thereby it enables the parallel investigation and propagation of RRI. The framework thus constructed provides a theoretical embedding of social labs and overcomes some of the known limitations of the constitutive approaches.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Responsible innovation, social lab, hermeneutics, research methodology, emerging social phenomena
Funders: European Union, Horizon 2020 (RiConfigure)
Research Units: Techno-Science and Societal Transformation
Status: Published before print
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 07:46
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 07:52
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2020.1787751
ISSN: 2329-9037
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/5391

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