Mapping RRI dimensions into regional development

Mapping RRI dimensions into regional development

on October 21, 2020

The recent study from Panciroli et al. (2020) “Mapping RRI Dimensions and Sustainability into Regional Development Policies and Urban Planning Instruments” was published within the framework of the European Union’s H2020 Research and Innovation Programme on building self-sustaining research and innovation ecosystems in Europe through Responsible Research and Innovation. The study presents a comprehensive methodology for integrating RRI practices into territorial planning.

In particular, the authors argue that with regional and local authorities being encouraged to take advantage of the Responsible Research and Innovation approach, it is of utmost importance to learn more about the process behind it and the ways of implementing it, especially as it affects territorial development policies. To that end, embedding RRI into territorial development policies and spatial planning tools is not a clear and linear process. Consciously or not, many territories have already adopted policies and planning instruments that incorporate RRI, generating effects at spatial scales, and the study essentially explores these subtle processes.

As the authors mentioned, describing the degree of inclusion of Responsible Research and Innovation in European territories is still a challenge. When it comes to aligning R&I outcomes to the values, needs, and expectations of the society, the investigation of the characteristics of the regional development policies and urban planning instruments is believed to be a key opportunity to picture the state-of-the-art on how territories have been able to embed RRI into policy instruments to drive the development of such territories.

The central aim of the study is to provide a methodology to map the inclusion of RRI dimensions into regional development policies and spatial planning instruments, in order to detect integrated strategies and elements that are sustainable, open, inclusive, anticipative, and responsive. The mapping methodology has been applied to the three SeeRRI territories, providing them with a baseline to improve the integration of the RRI approach in their commitments to develop self-sustaining research and innovation ecosystems. Through the lessons learned from the pilot cases, recommendations are drawn for the integration of RRI in spatial and urban planning policies and tools.

The paper has been published in Open Access here.

Authors: Panciroli, A.; Santangelo, A.; Tondelli, S. (2020). Mapping RRI Dimensions and Sustainability into Regional Development Policies and Urban Planning Instruments. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5675.