M.J. (María) Galeano Galván


Maria is currently working on her PhD thesis, researching issues connected to the responsible governance of crowd-based innovations. Prior to joining TU Delft, she worked for NGOs in Colombia in projects focused on youth leadership development and integrated rural development. Maria holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Antioquia (2011) and an MSc in Engineering and Policy Analysis from TU Delft (2016).

Crowd-based innovation: Governing transition of responsibilities (NWO Responsible Innovation project)

The "crowd" increasingly seems to be key for innovation in all kind of sectors, partly enabled by ICT developments. Initiatives mobilise and connect a large number of people to deliver services (e.g. sharing platforms), provide information (crowdsourcing and citizen science) or funding (crowdfunding platforms). We refer to this type of innovation as crowd-based innovation (CBI). CBI entails changes in the traditional roles of actors in socio-technical systems (e.g. users, industry, investors, government), and implies a transition of responsibilities between these actors. For instance, from single actors to crowds, from government to citizens, or from people to algorithms.

Such initiatives provide many opportunities for innovations in socio-technical systems, but also significant challenges because they often occur in the,context of traditional, well-established, institutional and governance structures and practices. In this research we want to find out how to deal with the conflicts that can arise where CBI meet existing structures. Hence, the aim of this project is to get a better understanding of how governance for public values (can) take(s) place in CBI. The research will result in a framework for governing socially responsible CBIs.

María Galeano Galván

PhD Candidate

Multi-Actor Systems

Organisation & Governance

Research interests:
Crowd-based innovation
Responsible governance
Sustainability transitions
Public participation
Qualitative-quantitative research methods

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