„Working with and for regions: on difference“

Januar 17, 2022

Does the research system account for different? – „Working with and for regions: on difference“ article

Together with René Wintjes, from the RRI2SCALE project and Anestis Amanatidis, from the CHERRIES project, our project coordinator Norbert Steinhaus reflects on the difficulties of stakeholder involvement in this post published on the SuperMorri blog.

The European Commission’s attempts to reconcile science (‘in here’) with society (‘out there’) have created a ground swell of democratisation in European research policymaking. Accompanying this evolution is the reformulation of the action plan ‘Science and Society’ to ‘Science in Society’ in 2007, which later became ‘Science with and for Society’ (SwafS) under Horizon 2020, where participation and inclusion assume central stage as mechanisms for aligning scientific practice with ‘the needs of the real world out there’1. The underlying assumption is that involving diverse sets of actors in research processes automatically ensures societal relevance and desirability of research outcomes. However, as participatory practices in research become further grounded, there are loud signals from the SwafS ecosystem network of Super_MoRRI that projects experience difficulties with regards to involving diverse stakeholders. This gives rise to an introspective question: how can participation and inclusion be achieved in the context of such diverse stakeholders?

Go to article here: https://super-morri.eu/working-with-and-for-regions-on-difference/

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