The clothes of the emperor: An essay on RRI in and around Brussels

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    In its current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, the European Commission identified Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a cross-cutting issue. The responsibility for RRI as a cross-cutting issue lies with the subprogramme Science with and for Society (SwafS). A recurrent theme in the SwafS Expert Advisory Group meetings was the lack of clarity about what RRI is supposed to be. This is an entrance point into a broader reflection on RRI discourse being like the new clothes of the emperor – or perhaps there is not even an emperor (yet). What is happening in and around RRI can be interpreted as conferring reality on this emperor (RRI) by clothing him.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)290-304
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of responsible innovation
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016


    • Horizon 2020
    • European Commission
    • Responsible Research and Innovation
    • projected reality


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