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Mapping the integrative field: taking stock of socio-technical collaborations

Fisher, Erik, O'Rourke, Michael, Evans, Robert John, Kennedy, Eric B., Gorman, Michael E. and Seager, Thomas P. 2015. Mapping the integrative field: taking stock of socio-technical collaborations. Journal of Responsible Innovation 2 (1) , pp. 39-61. 10.1080/23299460.2014.1001671

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Abstract

Responsible innovation requires that scientific and other expert practices be responsive to society. We take stock of a variety of collaborative approaches to socio-technical integration that seek to broaden the societal contexts technical experts take into account during their routine activities. Part of a larger family of engaged scholarship that includes inter- and trans-disciplinarity as well as stakeholder and public engagement, we distinguish collaborative socio-technical integration in terms of its proximity to and transformation of expert practices. We survey a variety of approaches that differ widely in terms of their integrative methods, conceptions of societal context, roles, and aspirations for intervention. Taking a handful of “communities of integration” as exemplars, we then provide a framework for comparing the forms, means, and ends of collaborative integration. We conclude by reflecting on some of the main features of, and tensions within, this developing arena of practical inquiry and engagement and what this suggests for integrative efforts aimed at responsible innovation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: socio-technical integration, collaboration, transdisciplinarity, public engagement, technology assessment
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2329-9460
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 19 December 2014
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 08:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/71350

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