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EASST 2018 open panel CFP: When Responsible Innovation meets economic crisis

Dear all, with apologies for any cross-posting,

There are still two days left to submit a paper abstract to EASST 2018, to
be held at Lancaster University on 25-28th July.

We cordially invite paper proposals for our panel, (C15) When responsible
innovation meets economic crisis: considering the possibilities of
'responsible stagnation'

This panel asks how STS can combine with heterodox economics to provide new
directions for Responsible Innovation. It uses Responsible Stagnation as a
lens through which to consider questions relative to the governance of
'innovation' in a world of finite resources and fragile ecosystems.

We particularly welcome papers which combine a political economy approach
to questions about emerging science and technology and/or research policy.


Michiel Van Oudheusden (KU Leuven)
Stevienna de Saille (University of Sheffield)

Long abstract

Responsible Innovation (RI) was originally conceived as a way of mediating
the crisis-driven demand for economic growth by shaping high-tech
innovation towards filling social needs rather than merely generating
profit. However, as RI has become embedded in science, technology and
innovation (STI) policies, it has become subsumed into the same
growth-driven paradigms it was originally meant to challenge. Accepting
that productivity in advanced economies has reached that steady state in
which returns from increased input are diminishing, we therefore suggest an
exploration of Responsible Stagnation (RS) as an integral and neglected
part of the discussion of RI. This panel seeks papers which explore the
idea that to be responsible to the future, innovation must take place in an
enabling economic framework that respects planetary limitations and
sustains social progress. What kinds of 'innovation' should be encouraged
in advanced economies which are effectively stagnant in terms of wages and
social improvement, and how may 'filling social needs' be better measured
than mere increase in GDP? Under what conditions can innovation which leads
to stagnation in consumption of non-renewable resources become a desirable
economic goal? Heterodox economists have asked similar questions but have
not engaged with STS as a means of understanding the co-production of
technology and social relations to further their aims. We hence invite
papers that explore how heterodox economics can combine with STS to provide
fruitful new directions for RI. We welcome both theoretical and empirical

To submit a paper, please go to:

Submissions should include: a paper title, a short abstract of max. 300
characters, and a long abstract of max. 250 words. Submissions must be
received before midnight CET on February 14, 2018.

With best regards,
Michiel and Stevienna

Stevienna de Saille, PhD
Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman)
Department of Sociological Studies / Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Sheffield
c/o ICOSS, 219 Portobello
Sheffield S1 4DP


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