The Why and How of Enabling the Integration of Social and Ethical Aspects in Research and Development

TitleThe Why and How of Enabling the Integration of Social and Ethical Aspects in Research and Development
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFlipse, SM, Sanden, MCA, Osseweijer, P
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue3
Pagination703 - 725
Date Published9/2013
PublisherSpringer
ISSN Number1471-5546
Keywordsemerging , Emerging Technologies , ENGINEERING , PEDAGOGICAL , Pedagogical Materials , SCIENCE , SOCIAL , SOCIAL responsibility
AbstractNew and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST) based innovations, e.g. in the field of Life Sciences or Nanotechnology, frequently raise societal and political concerns. To address these concerns NEST researchers are expected to deploy socially responsible R&D practices. This requires researchers to integrate social and ethical aspects (SEAs) in their daily work. In this paper we aim to relate motivations for NEST researchers to include SEAs in their work, and the requirements to establish such integration from their perspectives, to existing approaches that can be used to establish integration of SEAs in the daily work of these NEST researchers. Based on our analyses, we argue that for the successful integration of SEAs in R&D practice, collaborative approaches between researchers and scholars from the social sciences and humanities seem the most successful. The only way to explore whether that is in fact the case, is by embarking on collaborative research endeavours.
DOI10.1007/s11948-012-9423-2
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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