Responsible Research and Innovation

The Responsible Research and Innovation group focuses on the processes through which technologies are developed and implemented in a socially sustainable and responsible manner in order to benefit society.


The group views technological innovation as a social process in which values and practices play a key role. Our approach is both descriptive and normative: The group seeks to understand and analyse values and practices and their impact on technological innovation. We also engage ourselves in sustainable development and take part in responsible innovation and research in a value-based manner.


The group adopts the perspective that technologies have to be both technically effective and socially legitimate in order to be beneficial to society. A successful innovation process therefore will include both aspects. Emerging technologies are sometimes contested, but controversies over technological developments are not simply understood as roadblocks to innovation. Rather, the group views them as key opportunities for learning about the deeper social embeddedness of technology – and also for improving the usefulness and legitimacy of technological development.


The group participates in interdisciplinary collaboration across many cross-cutting themes, including applied ethics, citizen participation, public communication, open innovation and user engagement in different technological domains. Individual group members have specific expertise in several domains, including bio-technology, energy and artificial intelligence.


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Maja Horst
Professor, Group Leader
DTU Management
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