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Mordan C and Murphy, P.
D4.7 NUCLEUS Field Trip Report: Economy (Dublin)
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On 21 to 22 June 2016, seventeen consortium members of the NUCLEUS project visited Dublin, Ireland for the fifth Field Trip. The purpose of the trip was to explore the role of the economy in the practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The specific aim of the field trip was to explore the interactions between RRI and the economy, one of six ‘cells’ in our NUCLEUS network. The field trip consisted of a series of interviews in an effort to give the consortium insight into the barriers and best practices for embedding Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) practices in the Irish innovation ecosystem. The learning outcomes from the trip were formulated into recommendations for consideration in the next phase of the NUCLEUS project, the RRI Implementation Roadmap. This roadmap will be developed and embedded in the form of ‘30 RRI test beds’ across different locations during the subsequent phases of the project. The field trip was led by Dublin City University and was supported by the consortium partners from the University of Aberdeen, Science City Hannover, City of Bochum, South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Rhine-Waal University. Thirty-five semi-structured interviews took places over the two-day period with senior representatives from the university, research agencies, social enterprise, policy makers and industry. The data from these interviews revealed the following themes in relation to RRI and the economy:  RRI is a generally an unfamiliar term, but the concepts it represents are familiar.  Many successful collaborations between industry and academia exist, but challenges exist as well. Industry works at a much faster pace than academia, and has a commercial focus viewing its primary responsibility as making profit. Industry might have the willingness, knowledge and skills to deliver societal focused projects, but it must make business sense to engage.
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