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EASST Panel #031. RETHINKING POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS THROUGH CO-CREATION, USER- DRIVEN INNOVATION & RESEARCH IN THE WILD

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Dear colleagues,

We kindly invite you to submit an abstract to our panel at the 2022 EASST conference in Madrid, Spain (July 6-9, 2022):

031. RETHINKING POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS THROUGH CO-CREATION, USER- DRIVEN INNOVATION & RESEARCH IN THE WILD

/Panel organizers: Simone Arnaldi, ///Stefano Crabu & /Paolo Magaudda /

In recent decades, academic and practitioners alike have paid increasing attention to models of innovation whose distinguishing feature is the involvement of end-users and grassroot organizations in participatory processes that occur outside established R&D institutional settings and that, nonetheless, effectively co-produce science, technology and innovation. Scholars have developed a broad array of notions for capturing organizational arrangements and situated practices fostering the co-shaping of innovation, such as "deliberative" and "participatory" public engagement (Burgess 2014), co-creation (Voorber et al. 2014), user-driven innovation (Franke et al. 2016), and research in the wild (Callon and Rabeharisoa 2003). In the European Union, policy approaches such as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Open Science, have recognized these emerging forms of innovation as pivotal drivers to better align technoscientific developments with the values, expectations and needs of concerned communities and stakeholders.

Despite such an increased attention to these participatory models of technoscientific innovation, many critical challenges still lie ahead and require further analysis: the unequal power distribution among participants; the long term sustainability of stakeholder engagement; the effectiveness of participatory assessments; the replicability and marketability of outcomes. At the same time, public regulators and scientific communities still appear unable to take stock of insights and "lessons learned" from bottom-up co-creation initiatives and from research in the wild activities to redesign their strategies and policies.

We encourage social scientists, STS scholars and practitioners to submit theoretically, empirically, and methodologically oriented papers exploring "alternative" forms of innovation that are primarily steered by citizens and "non-experts" and examining how they can contribute to rethink the dominant institutions and policies shaping technoscience.

Key words: co-creation; user-driven innovation; research in the wild

Deadline: February 1st, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your abstract, All the best, Stefano, Simone & Paolo

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