Responsible research and innovation (RRI) in emerging economies: a preliminary review

Budi Harsanto, Niraj Kumar, Yuanzhu Zhan, Roula Michaelides

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Interest in responsible research and innovation (RRI) has been increased in recent years in the academic, practical and policy domains. Although initially introduced in Europe and the US, in the subsequent development, attention to RRI grows in another context. The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary review of the current status of responsible research and innovation (RRI) research, focusing on emerging economy's context. Systematic review method is used for this purpose. The current research on RRI in emerging economies has emerged since 2013, involving multi-disciplinary researchers and has been published in journals from various disciplines. The most discussed dimension is 'inclusion' through public engagement in different phase of research and innovation. The dimension of 'anticipation' that plays an important role in the early phase of research and innovation has not been much discussed compared to other dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728170374
ISBN (Print)9781728170381
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2020 - Virtual, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Jun 202017 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameInternational ICE Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation.
ISSN (Print)2334-315X
ISSN (Electronic)2693-8855


Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Cardiff

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
RRI especially received high attention in Europe and US [5], [9]. Early concept before RRI was known as ELSA (ethical, legal, and social aspects) in Europe or ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) in the US [5]. In Europe, RRI became prominent with regard to the Horizon 2020 research funding from the European Commission [7]. This concept is also developing in various areas in Europe with a main orientation on the practical side that focuses on public engagement in research and innovation [10], [11]. In this way, innovation that is expected not only oriented to growth, but also to meet society needs in the form of economic, environmental, and social benefits. In this sense, the collaboration between Hard & Science Engineering and Social Sciences and Humanities also becomes important to make the interdisciplinary effort more effective [12], [13].

In the policy document, RRI is mentioned in the European Commission regulation which emphasizes the involvement of stakeholders starting from the early stage of research and innovation to meet society’s concerns as well expectations, and obtain support from them for Horizon 2020 research [8]. In the academic definition, public engagement is a vital element for RRI [5].

ACKNOWLEDGMENT The first author acknowledges financial support from the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) to participate at 26th ICE/ IEEE ITMC 2020 Conference in Cardiff, Wales (Virtual due to Covid-19).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 IEEE.


  • emerging economies
  • responsible research and innovation
  • systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health Informatics


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