Responsible innovation describes the process that helps researchers understand the benefits and risks of emerging technologies early on in the innovation process. It includes public engagement, risk management, life cycle analysis, ethical approval and regulation.
Research, in the field of digital economy, does not have a standard protocol to follow or universal committee to apply to, to identify and address issues relating to responsible innovation. It is a new field that law and regulation are yet to catch-up with. The approach adopted by researchers is the responsibility of the researcher and has to be tailored to the nature of the research.
The Digital Economy theme would like to draw upon the knowledge and experience of researchers to share best practice and to provide support to new researchers working in the field of the digital economy.
The Digital Economy theme, jointly with the EPSRC Information and Communications Technology theme (ICT) has appointed a Responsible Innovation Advisory Panel to explore what resource the community of digital economy and ICT researchers need in order to address confidently responsible innovation and develop a deeper understanding of the area.
Chair: Professor Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham
Professor Anne Anderson, University of Dundee
Dr Ben Anderson, University of Essex
Professor Graeme Laurie, University of Edinburgh
Mr Peter Bradwell, OpenRights
Professor Peter Grindrod, University of Reading
Professor Lionel Tarassenko, University of Oxford
Dr Eamonn O’Neill, University of Bath
Dr Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
Dr Berndt Stahl, de Montford University
Terms of Reference
The panel has been assembled to
- Advise the Digital Economy and Information and Communications Technology themes on the best way to explore issues around responsible innovation;
- Identify how to develop a suitable resource that researchers and users of research can use for guidance and support;
- Work with the research community to develop such a resource;
- Work with the community to promote the responsible innovation agenda.