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A retrospective analysis of responsible innovation for low-technology innovation in the Global South

Hartley, Sarah; McLeod, Carmen; Clifford, Mike; Jewitt, Sarah; Ray, Charlotte

Authors

Sarah Hartley

Carmen McLeod

SARAH JEWITT sarah.jewitt@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Human Geography and Development

Charlotte Ray



Abstract

The role of low-technology innovation in addressing global challenges is undervalued. Responsible innovation (RI) has the potential to direct low-technology innovation toward global challenges in the Global South, yet this possibility remains largely unexplored. Through a retrospective analysis, this article explores how researchers grapple with dimensions of an RI framework in a research project and highlights key areas for researchers to consider when involved with low-technology innovation in a development context. The analysis demonstrates that RI can structure discussion and create space for anticipation, reflection and engagement with stakeholders. However, even when researchers are committed to the idea of RI, it is difficult to enact in practice. Although RI places significant emphasis on inclusive and meaningful engagement as imagined by co-development and inclusive models of innovation, the deficit model of public engagement presents a formidable barrier. Surprisingly, low technology innovators are likely to face the same struggles as high technology innovators with regards to engagement that allows end-users to shape the technology which may ultimately benefit them.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 11, 2019
Journal Journal of Responsible Innovation
Print ISSN 2329-9460
Electronic ISSN 2329-9037
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 143-162
APA6 Citation Hartley, S., McLeod, C., Clifford, M., Jewitt, S., & Ray, C. (2019). A retrospective analysis of responsible innovation for low-technology innovation in the Global South. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 6(2), 143-162. https://doi.org/10.1080/23299460.2019.1575682
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23299460.2019.1575682
Keywords Global South, deficit model, high technology vs low technology, retrospective analysis
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23299460.2019.1575682

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