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Responsible Industry

Responsible Industry
Project team:

Ladikas, Miltos (Project leader); Michael Decker; Leonhard Hennen; Julia Hahn

Funding:European Union, FP7
Start date:2014
End date:2017
Project partners:De Montfort University (coordinator), UK; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus; Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain; University of Twente, The Netherlands; Associazione Italiana Per La Ricerca Industriale, Italy; Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; Euclid Network, UK; Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT, Finland
Research area:Innovation processes and impacts of technology

Project description

The "Responsible Industry" project will design an Exemplar Implementation Plan of RRI in Industry to demonstrate how industry can work productively together with societal actors and integrate principles and methodologies of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into research and innovation processes. To achieve maximum impact where it is most needed, the implementation plan will focus on the grand challenge of health, demographic change and wellbeing. More specifically the project will focus on the role that research and innovation in ICT can play in addressing this challenge.

"Responsible Industry" will guide interactive discussions between leading industry partners, established RRI experts, policy advisors and civil society organizations to drive the research and innovation process with the principles of RRI in mind. In doing so, "Responsible-Industry" will achieve the following objectives:

  • Synthesis of current discourses on RRI in the industrial context, based on an extensive literature review, 30 in-depth interviews with industry thought leaders, 5 bottom-up case studies and 2 Horizon Scanning reports.
  • Investigation, through practical cases and in depth dialogue with stakeholders (industry, CSOs, policy makers and emerging global stakeholders), of processes, challenges and opportunities leading to responsible innovation along specific value chains of products and applications.
  • International Delphi Study of RRI in industry involving 130-150 stakeholders and an international Multi-Stakeholder workshop.
  • Development of a detailed implementation plan to be tested in at least 4 pilot projects.
  • Reflection on the viability of the implementation plan, supported by least 15 industry-driven focus groups.
  • Development of models of RRI in industry as a basis of specific recommendations to be disseminated to the various stakeholders through an Exemplar Implementation Plan of RRI in Industry.



Dr. Miltos Ladikas
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 30 50365798