Standardising Responsibility? The Significance of Interstitial Spaces

TitleStandardising Responsibility? The Significance of Interstitial Spaces
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWickson, F, Forsberg, E-M
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCEN , EUROPEAN , Innovation , ISO , Laboratories , NANOTECHNOLOGY , research , Responsible , SOCIAL , Standardisation , STANDARDIZATION , Technological
AbstractModern society is characterised by rapid technological development that is often socially controversial and plagued by extensive scientific uncertainty concerning its socio-ecological impacts. Within this context, the concept of 'responsible research and innovation' (RRI) is currently rising to prominence in international discourse concerning science and technology governance. Drawing on the case of nanoscale sciences and technologies to make our argument, we present examples of how international standards are already entangled in the development of RRI and yet, how the process of international standardization itself largely fails to embody the norms proposed as characterizing RRI. We suggest that although current models for RRI provide a promising attempt to make research and innovation more responsive to societal needs, ethical values and environmental challenges, such approaches will need to encompass and address a greater diversity of innovation system agents and spaces if they are to prove successful in their aims. 
NotesWickson, Fern; Email Address: Forsberg, Ellen-Marie 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo Norway; Source Info: Oct2015, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p1159; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGICAL innovations; Subject Term: STANDARDIZATION; Subject Term: LABORATORIES; Subject Term: SOCIAL ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: CEN; Author-Supplied Keyword: Innovation systems; Author-Supplied Keyword: ISO; Author-Supplied Keyword: Nanotechnology; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible research and innovation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Standardisation; Company/Entity: EUROPEAN Commission; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621511 Medical Laboratories; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541380 Testing Laboratories; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541940 Veterinary Services; Number of Pages: 22p; Document Type: Article