Session 10: RRI and institutional change

Organiser: Erich Griessler
Speakers: Ellen-Marie ForsbergJens Ørding HansenPetar VrgovicMila GrahovacElisabeth Frankus
Anne Loeber

Changing the way how research and innovation is organized and funded and how researchers are trained and incentivized will be critical for the long-term implementation of RRI. But institutions are not easily changed. They are complex, inert and tend to hold on to habituated routines which proved sufficiently successful in the past. Therefore, in order to accomplish institutional change towards RRI, appropriate strategies, tactics and mechanisms as well as skilful and passionate “institutional entrepreneurs” are needed. In this session we wanted to learn about and discuss the concepts, preconditions, opportunities and experiences with institutional change towards RRI from different angles and in various organizational context. 

EllenMarie Forsberg (NORSUS Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research) presented theoretical foundations for institutional change towards RRI as well reflect on relevant experiences gained in the RRI-Practice project. “RRI and institutional change: perspectives from the RRI-Practice project” 

Jens Ørding Hansen (Nordland Research Institute) made a contribution on “RRI and the learning organization” and discuss institutional change towards RRI in this particular kind of organisation. 

Petar Vrgovic and Mila Grahovac (University of Novi Sad) shared the experiences implementing RRI in a higher education institution in Serbia in their presentation “Implementing RRI in a higher education institution: Case study from University of Novi Sad” 

Elisabeth Frankus and Anne Loeber brought together experiences about the opportunities and challenges of institutional change in European research funding and performing organizations gained in the NewHoRRIzon project.

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