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Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2017: Responsible Research and Innovation

July 31 - Aug 4, 2017

Science, technology and innovation stand at a crossroads. Often advocated as the cornerstones of the knowledge economy and the drivers of economic growth and progress, they find themselves in a new political reality, a world in which globalisation, elitism and expertise are being challenged, and in which innovation, science and the institutions that harbour them, from multi-national companies to universities, run the risk of being seen as being increasingly out of touch with the challenges faced by many and the challenges our societies and planet face in the 21st century. What sort of innovation and science leading to this do we want and for what purpose, how do we handle their uncertainties and political entanglements, what sort of political economy should they imagine? Fundamentally, what sort of future do we want these to create, and how do we take responsibility for those futures in a way that is inclusive, responsive and good? The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) offers us an opportunity not only to ask and debate these questions, but to respond and transform our institutions and systems of science and innovation, but what does RRI mean in theory and practice, and can it ever realise its transformative potential?

This week long Summer School course provides an opportunity for social scientists, innovation scholars, scientists and engineers to come together to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of RRI for the responsible governance of science, emerging technologies and innovation. The course takes a critical, reflexive and deliberative approach, blending lectures with interactive exercises and group work, aiming to equip PhD students with a rich and developed understanding of RRI in both theory and practice that adds to and enriches their own PhD projects and programmes of study.

​Dates: 31 July - 4 August 2017
Course Credits: 10 pts (ECTS)
Limitation: 25 participants

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