Values in responsible research and innovation: from entities to practices

Marianne Boenink*, Olya Kudina

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article explores the understanding of values in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). First, it analyses how two mainstream RRI approaches, the largely substantial one by Von Schomberg and the procedural one by Stilgoe and colleagues, identify and conceptualize values. We argue that by treating values as relatively stable entities, directly available for reflection, both fall into an ‘entity trap’. As a result, the hermeneutic work required to identify values is overlooked. We therefore seek to bolster a practice-based take on values, which approaches values as the evolving results of valuing processes. We highlight how this approach views values as lived realities, interactive and dynamic, discuss methodological implications for RRI, and explore potential limitations. Overall, the strength of this approach is that it enables RRI scholars and practitioners to better acknowledge the complexities involved in valuing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-470
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • entity trap
  • ethics of technology
  • pragmatism
  • responsible research and innovation
  • value change
  • Values


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