Inclusiveness, engagement & values

Technological innovation has the potential to address the challenge of inequality and promote the ideals of justice and sustainable development in the 21st century. The creation of new products and processes needs to be responsible, foster inclusion in production and consumption, engage the excluded and create long-term and more equitable benefits for all. Likewise, all stakeholders need to commit to responsible participation in the engagement process. Innogen’s integrated analytical approach focuses on inclusiveness, engagement and the values embedded in innovative technologies, to evaluate research and innovation strategies, taking into consideration public and stakeholder perspectives and socio-economic conditions. These criteria ground technological innovations in the broader social, economic and market environment.

Projects

Putting scientific knowledge to use

28 November 2019

Chris Warkup, Visiting Professor at Innogen, chaired a session at the Royal Society conference in London on ‘Transforming UK translation’.

Meet our Researchers: Dr Mark Lamont

9 September 2020

Dr Mark Lamont, Lecturer in International Development at The School of Social Sciences & Global Studies Development, The Open University, joined Innogen in June 2020. After completing his PhD in Social Anthropology at The University of Edinburgh, he has worked at The University of Victoria, Canada; Goldsmiths, The University of London; and The British Institute in Eastern Africa. He is currently working on research projects in Kenya that promote sustainable community development and resilience. In this Q&A he highlights the need to redesign the application of social science research to address global challenges and growing inequalities.

Innogen event to explore the role of social sciences in innovation

22 August 2019

On the 6th November 2019, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the Innogen Institute is teaming up with the Roslin Institute and Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology (SynthSys) to host a panel discussion on the regulation of emerging genetic technologies.

Meet our Researchers: Dr Fredrick Ajwang

11 May 2020

We speak with Dr Fredrick Ajwang a Postdoctoral Researcher at University College Dublin’s School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe). Fredrick carried out his PhD studies at the Open University under the supervision of David Wield, Julius Mugwagwa and Charlotte Cross. His thesis explored the governance and regulatory challenges faced by smallholder farmers in Kenya’s fresh and vegetables export value chain and ways to ensure that they remain in the value chain. Now, he is exploring innovative ways to mitigate violence in ethnically divided societies and promote development.

National COVID-19 testing strategy analysis

15 October 2020

Innogen member Smita Srinivas and co-authors analyse COVID-19 testing in different countries. They highlight the need to take the industrial organisation of health systems within countries into account for testing strategies to be successful.