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From Responsible Research and Innovation to responsibility by design

Stahl, Bernd Carsten; Akintoye, Simisola; Bitsch, Lise; Bringedal, Berit; Eke, Damian; Farisco, Michele; Grasenick, Karin; Guerrero, Manuel; Knight, William; Leach, Tonii; Nyholm, Sven; Ogoh, George; Rosemann, Achim; Salles, Arleen; Trattnig, Julia; Ulnicane, Inga

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Simisola Akintoye

Lise Bitsch

Berit Bringedal

Damian Eke

Michele Farisco

Karin Grasenick

Manuel Guerrero

William Knight

Tonii Leach

Sven Nyholm

George Ogoh

Achim Rosemann

Arleen Salles

Julia Trattnig

Inga Ulnicane


Drawing on more than eight years working to implement Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the Human Brain Project, a large EU-funded research project that brings together neuroscience, computing, social sciences, and the humanities, and one of the largest investments in RRI in one project, this article offers insights on RRI and explores its possible future. We focus on the question of how RRI can have long-lasting impact and persist beyond the time horizon of funded projects. For this purpose, we suggest the concept of ‘responsibility by design’ which is intended to encapsulate the idea of embedding RRI in research and innovation in a way that makes it part of the fabric of the resulting outcomes, in our case, a distributed European Research Infrastructure.


Stahl, B. C., Akintoye, S., Bitsch, L., Bringedal, B., Eke, D., Farisco, M., …Ulnicane, I. (2021). From Responsible Research and Innovation to responsibility by design. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 8(2), 175-198.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 25, 2021
Publication Date May 4, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 31, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 13, 2023
Journal Journal of Responsible Innovation
Print ISSN 2329-9460
Electronic ISSN 2329-9037
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 175-198
Keywords Management of Technology and Innovation; Information Systems and Management; Strategy and Management
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