Special Issue "Technology Assessment, Responsible Research and Innovation, Sustainability Research: Conceptual Demands and Methodological Approaches for Societal Transformations"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Leonhard Hennen
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Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: technology assessment; RRI; science and technology governance; policy advice
Mr. Jürgen Kopfmüller
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Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: sustainability research; sustainability assessment; advice of organizations
Dr. Maria Maia
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Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: citizen and stakeholders’ involvement; responsible research and innovation (RRI); emerging technologies in healthcare
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Dr. Linda Nierling
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Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: concepts and methods of technology assessment; digital technologies in social fields: work, ageing, and assistive technologies
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Ms. Constanze Scherz
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Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: technology assessment; RRI; policy advice; knowledge transfer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue brings together three fields of problem-oriented research, all addressing the current challenges of our society from different perspectives and respective research traditions, namely: technology assessment (TA), responsible research and innovation (RRI), and sustainability research. Coming from different perspectives and research traditions, these approaches face similar challenges observing and shaping the current transitions of our society, which have been taken up in previous edited volumes (Hennen and Nierling 2018; Fisher 2017; Nierling and Torgersen 2019; Kopfmüller 2015). The SI intends to point out conceptual and methodological commonalities and differences of the three approaches, to comprise the integration of values into research, to address the issues of normativity in research activities, and to develop new methods in order to cope with the current challenges of our society, demanding constant rearrangements of science society relations.

This special issue is not open for regular submission of papers. It will be designed and composed by the team of editors. Authors of the SI will be contacted directly by the editors.

References:

Fisher, E. (2017, Ed.): Into the Wild: Futures and Responsibilities in Technology Assessment. Journal of Responsible Innovation 4(2)

Hennen, L., & Nierling, L. (2018, Eds.). The Politics of Technology Assessment: Introduction to the Special Issue of “Technological forecasting and social change”. Technological Forecasting and Social Change (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.07.048).

Kopfmüller, J.  (2015). Sustainable development. A global model - universal and contextual. In: Enders, J.C.; Remig, M. (Eds.): Theories of sustainable development. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 112-125 (Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development)

Nierling, L., & Torgersen, H. (2019, Eds.). Normativität in der Technikfolgenabschätzung. Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie und Praxis, 28(1).

Dr. Leonhard Hennen
Mr. Jürgen Kopfmüller
Dr. Maria Maia
Dr. Linda Nierling
Ms. Constanze Scherz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Societal transformation
  • Technology assessment
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • Sustainability research
  • Values
  • Normativity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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