Reconceptualising responsible research and innovation from a Global South perspective

Kutoma Wakunuma*, Fabio de Castro, Tilimbe Jiya, Edurne A. Inigo, Vincent Blok, Vincent Bryce

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The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has been developed in the Global North with little reference to what RRI or RRI-like practices mean in the context of the Global South. We discuss the contextual factors driving the emergence of responsible innovation practice and ways in which they can inform efforts to develop an inclusive and global conceptualization of RRI. Findings show that some activities in the Global South are comparable to those of the Global North, although important differences exist in motivations and structures. We go beyond prior framings to propose a reconfigured, inclusive theoretical framework that accounts for trans-regional differences by looking at three cases to illustrate international differences and to demonstrate an RRI continuum. Netherlands represents a more Global North concept of RRI; Malawi a Global South RRI concept and Brazil sits between these two extremes and assimilates RRI concepts from both ends of the continuum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-291
JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
Issue number2
Early online date28 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Global North
  • Global South
  • North-centric
  • responsible innovation (RI)
  • responsible research and innovation (RRI)


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