RRI & How academics can work with Third Sector Report

Interaction report front

I really enjoyed this very practical and useful report by Professor Mark Shucksmith of Newcastle University for the Carnegie UK Trust called InterAction – How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice? It echoes and builds on a lot of what we have been doing under the moniker of Stakeholder […]

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Why Brexit might be the jolt of electricity which brings RRI to life!


    One could imagine that Brexit will sound the death knell for RRI, (Responsible Research and Innovation).  With the potential for Horizon 2020 research funding to be cut quite significantly, it could be regarded as a luxury – something mildly interesting during the good times, but which has no place in the new dog-eat-dog […]

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Throw stones or befriend the King – how to get things changed!

Candle in the dark

  I am involved in a wonderful international network of people, some work in companies, others NGOs, others in policy and others academics or consultants of various sorts, all united in trying to make a better, more sustainable world. Debate is ongoing about the urgent need for transformative change, the inertia of organisations of all […]

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RRI & the Origins of The Next Big Thing!

the next big thing pics

I am writing a speech for the Swedish Research Council Annual Science Communications Conference next week and talking with the organisers about the stimulus for RRI & other initiatives in Sweden and the UK. They are similar to us, but not quite the same,  the responses are pretty much, though the time-line isn’t. When I […]

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What are academic researchers for?


I’m helping a University and some academic researchers think through how their areas of work can be more about being ‘for’ the particular areas of society they serve, than ‘about’.   Actively contributing rather than dispassionately observing.  Or, of course, ensuring that if dispassionately observing is their main contribution that they are dispassionately observing something that […]

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GM Insects: The Lords fail spectacularly to learn the lessons of the past

gm insects

Today the House of Lords has published their report into GM Insects.  I am  astonished at how little they appear to have learned from the past  in this report.  This blog is my quick attempt to illustrate where the failures lie. The inquiry chair, Lord Selborne, certainly should know better, he chaired our multi-stakeholder Responsible Nano […]

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Academic partnerships with NGOs – What To Do & What Not To Do!

evidence peer review

I presented virtually to a conference at Notre Dame University’s John J Reilly Centre for Technology, Society and Values.  The conference, called The Collaboration Conundrum, explored the new collaborations and partnerships between different stakeholders and academia.  My talk was on Working with NGOs, what do to and & what not to do. In proper RRI […]

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Should the public be involved in questions about technology governance?

mind gap knowledge

Here are some quick thoughts stimulated by Patrick Sturgis’ article “On the limits of public engagement for the governance of emerging technologies”, published on 14th January, 2014 in a special issue of the journal Public Understanding of Science (paywalled). What I am going to say is based partly on thoughts I mulled over for a […]

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