Map of approaches, policies and tools for Territorial RRI

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Map of Approaches, Policies and Tools for Territorial RRI

Based on an analysis of the two inventories of bottom-up governance innovation practices and RRI governance innovation practices, a Map of Approaches, Policies and Tools for Territorial RRI has been drafted. This was put together by K&I and can be used for designing and implementing TeRRItoria’s five Transformative Experiments.

The map begins by highlighting the core issues related to RRI: transformations of society; the “de-territorialisation” process (the loss of control over a territory and weakening of ties between a community and its territory); “territory-making” practices aimed at dealing with de-territorialisation and activating re-territorialisation (i.e. the development of new and meaningful relations among actors and between them and their territory); the territorial dynamics of the European landscape; and the possible role of “territorial RRI”, which may provide a general framework for R&I to produce knowledge supporting territory-making processes.

Territorial RRI may be built by elaborating and adapting the knowledge already developed within the RRI framework, taking into account the RRI keys identified and promoted by the European Commission (public engagement, gender equality, science education, open access, ethical issues and the “horizontal” key of governance), and the RRI dimensions of anticipation, reflexivity, inclusiveness, and responsiveness. The notion of “response-ability” is also proposed (the capacity to deal with a society in a context of continuous and radical change, characterised by high levels of stress and social fragmentation).

Firstly, some features of the territory-making processes, where the RRI itself is to be grafted, are depicted in the map: the development of “territorial awareness”, the activation of “territorial mobilisation”, and the production of “territorial change” for governance. Secondly, two necessary components of territory-making policies are identified: “territorial orientation” (what is intended to be done for and changed in the territory) and “governance frameworks” (the structured and recurring operating methods for the territory-making process). Finally, the importance of assuring adequate involvement of R&I, so as to manage these complex processes and policies, is stressed. Here Territorial RRI can play a pivotal role, considering and adapting the keys and dimensions of “Institutional RRI”. A first list of approaches to territorial RRI are identified together with practical reference tools (guides, toolkits, regulations, books, articles, etc.).

You can find the the map of approaches, policies and tools for Territorial RRI by clicking here.

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