The Res-AGorA Project

May 24, 2016

Res-AGorA stands for: Responsible Research and Innovation in a Distributed Anticipatory Governance Frame. A Constructive Socio-normative Approach.

Res-AGorA is a three year, EU FP7 project (2013-2016) which has co-constructed with practitioners and strategic decision makers a good-practice framework, the Responsibility Navigator” which facilitates reflective processes involving multiple kinds of stakeholder and policy-maker towards the generic aim of making European re-search and innovation more responsible, responsive, and sustainable.

The development of this framework builds on three years of intensive empirical research comprising: an extensive programme of in-depth case-studies; systematic ‘scientometric’ literature analysis; country-level monitoring (RRI-Trends) and five broad-based co-construction stakeholder work-shops.

The resulting Res-AGorA Responsibility Navigator was conceived as a means to provide orientation without normatively steering research and innovation in a certain direction. Furthermore Res-AGorA’s “Co-construction Method” is a collaborative methodology designed to systematically support and facilitate the practical use of the Responsibility Navigator with stakeholders.

The Responsibility Navigator, the Co-construction Method and accompanying materials are offered to change agents who wish to navigate towards Responsible Research and Innovation.

Res-AGorA consists of 8 European partners from universities and offices for science and technology, and coordinated by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. The project is financed by the EU and runs over a three-year period starting February 2013.

The partners: The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Universiteit Twente, Universita degli studi di Padova, The Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Institut für höhere Studien und wissenschaftliche Forschung, The University of Manchester, Université de Marne La Vallee and Aarhus University.

Res-AGorA is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 321427.

Res-AGorAs international web-site