Responsible Research and Innovation

Samantha Copeland with Martin Sand edited a special issue in the Journal of Responsible Research and Innovation


Sand, M., & Copeland, S. (2020). Luck as a challenge for the responsible governance of science and technology.Journal of Responsible Research and Innovation, Volume 7, Issue Sup2, 2020)

Neelke Doorn is currently leading a project on the role of participation in RRI processes: PRO-Ethics.

Pigmans, K., V. Dignum, and N. Doorn (2021). ‘Measuring group proximity after deliberation: the search for mutual understanding at a citizens’ summit’. Journal of Public Policy. 41(2): pp. 228-250. DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X19000230.

Pigmans, K., H. Aldewereld, V. Dignum, and N. Doorn (2019). ‘Value deliberation to improve stakeholder participation in water governance’. Water Resources Management. 33 (12): 4067-4085. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-019-02316-6.


Boenink, M., & Kudina, O. (2020). Values in responsible research and innovation: from entities to practices. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 7(3), 450-470.

Udo Pesch has been involved in several research projects that focused on the responsible innovation in the energy transition. The findings of these projects pointed towards the need to attend justice, meaningful participation and values in the development and implementation of new energy technologies that serve the energy transition.

Taebi, B., Correljé, A. F., Cuppen, E., Dignum, M., & Pesch, U. (2014). Responsible innovation as an endorsement of public values: The need for interdisciplinary research. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 1(1), 118-124.

Correljé, A. F., Cuppen, E., Dignum, M., Pesch, U., & Taebi, B. (2015). Responsible innovation in energy projects: Values in the design of technologies, institutions and stakeholder interactions. In Responsible Innovation 2 (pp. 183-200):Springer International Publishing.

Cuppen, E., van de Grift, E., & Pesch, U. (2019). Reviewing responsible research innovation: lessons for a sustainable innovation research agenda. In F. Boons & A. McMeekin (Eds.), Handbook on Sustainable Innovation: Edward Elgar.

Martin Sand has development to a more nuanced concept of responsibility (with Ibo van de Poel), has discussed how luck affects the responsible governance of science and technology (edited with Samantha Copeland), and compared Technology Assessment and RRI as governance leitbilder. He emphasized the importance of virtues for RRI.

van de Poel, I., Sand, M. (2021) Varieties of responsibility: two problems of responsible innovation. Synthese. 2021;198(19):4769-87. doi: 10.1007/s11229-018-01951-7.

Sand, M., Copeland, S. (2020) Luck as a challenge for the responsible governance of science and technology. Journal of Responsible Innovation. DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2020.1848848

Sand M. (2021) RRI und Postwachstumsökonomie als Herausforderungen für die Technikfolgenabschätzung. In: Böschen S, Grunwald A, Krings B- JMA, Rösch C, (Eds.): Technikfolgenabschätzung: Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Praxis. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 403-14.

Steen, M.; Sand, M.; van de Poel, I. (2021) Virtue Ethics for Responsible Innovation. Business & Professional Ethics Journal 40(2), pp. 1–156, DOI: 10.5840/bpej2021319108

Sand, M. (2018) The virtues and vices of innovators. Philosophy of Management 17(1), pp. 79–95, DOI: 10.1007/s40926-017-0055-0

Steffen Steinert focuses on emotions, values and technology. He is involved in a research project on the constructive role of emotions in responsible design. Together with Sabine Roeser, Steffen has investigated how emotions can facilitate responsible innovation and the importance of emotions and art for ethical reflection on technology.

•    Steinert, S., & Roeser, S. (2020). Emotions, values and technology: Illuminating the blind spots. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 7(3), 298–319.
•    Roeser, S., & Steinert, S. (2019). Passion for the Art of Morally Responsible Technology Development. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 85, 87–109.

Ibo van de Poel has worked on these themes:

  • Piloting of RRI in companies and roadmap for responsible innovation: see
  • RRI in industry:  Conceptual framework for implementing RRI in industry
  • Lessons about how to implement RRI in industry
  • RRI assessment: Book with Emad Yaghmaei about approaching, methods and tools and their possibilities and limitations for assessing RRI
  • RRI in sociotechnical systems: Book about experiences with and approaches for doing RRI in sociotechnical systems
  • Responsibility in RRI

van de Poel, Ibo, Lotte Asveld, Steven Flipse, Pim Klaassen, Victor Scholten, and Emad Yaghmaei. 2017. "Company Strategies for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): A Conceptual Model."  Sustainability 9 (11):2045.

van de Poel, Ibo, Lotte Asveld, Steven Flipse, Pim Klaassen, Zenlin Kwee, Maria Maia, Elvio Mantovani, Christopher Nathan, Andrea Porcari, and Emad Yaghmaei. 2020. "Learning to do responsible innovation in industry: six lessons."  Journal of Responsible Innovation 7 (3):697-707. doi: 10.1080/23299460.2020.1791506.

Yaghmaei, E., and I. Van de Poel. 2021. Assessment of Responsible Innovation. London: Routledge.

Ortt, Roland J., David van Putten, Linda M. Kamp, and Ibo Van de Poel, eds. 2020. Responsible innovation in large technological systems. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.

van de Poel, Ibo, and Martin Sand. 2018. "Varieties of responsibility: two problems of responsible innovation."  Synthese. doi: 10.1007/s11229-018-01951-7.

For a collaborative research project on engineering ethics education, funded by the 4TU Center for Engineering Education, Janna van Grunsven has looked at the promise and challenges of teaching responsible innovation as a forward-looking anticipatory approach to engineering ethics - the Comet project

Stone, T., Marin, L., & van Grunsven, J. (2020). “Before Responsible Innovation: Teaching Anticipation as an Intellectual Virtue for Engineers.” In Engaging Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the European Society or Engineering Education. Eds. J. van der Veen & H.-M. Järvinen, pp. 1401-1408. (ISBN: 978-2-87352-020-5) - Download the preprint