Defining ‘Responsible’ in Responsible Research and Innovation: The Case of Quadruple Helix Innovation in the Energy Sector in the Tampere Region

Yohannes Mehari, Elias Pekkola, Jonna Hjelt, Yuzhuo Cai, Jari Stenvall, Ortega-Colomer Francisco Javier

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Abstract

This paper aims to investigate the social innovation process in the innovation ecosystem of the Tampere region, taking the energy sector as an example. It focusses on analysing how responsible research and innovation (RRI) activities are understood by regional stakeholders, particularly regarding how the roles of different actors (universities, public agencies, industry, and citizens) are constituted, and how different actors facilitate social innovation. The research questions are approached by the conceptual framework of Quadruple Helix which is useful for understanding the roles of citizens and interwoven fabric in innovation ecosystems, including social innovation. Empirically, the paper is based on analysing qualitative interviews with 12 stakeholders in the energy sector in Tampere. It is supplemented by analysing national and regional documents related to energy policies and the role of research and universities as well as citizens in sustainable (economic) development. Based on our findings the responsibility in research and innovation activities is not defined by utilising existing conceptual approaches or EU policies, such as RRI
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2021
Publication typeNot Eligible
EventXIX Triple Helix Conference: Innovation for a Sustainable World: Science and Technology to enhance the world for the future generations - University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Duration: 16 Jun 202118 Jun 2021
Conference number: XIX
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Conference

ConferenceXIX Triple Helix Conference
Abbreviated titleTRIPLEHELIX
Country/TerritoryBrazil
CitySão Paulo
Period16/06/2118/06/21
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Keywords

  • Responsible, Quadruple Helix, Responsible Research and Innovation

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