Understanding Responsible Research and Innovation



Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a rapidly emerging framework for the development of research projects that focuses on the potential effects – both positive and negative – of new innovations on society and the environment. With a focus on gender equity, ethical integrity and community empowerment, it aims to make research more sustainable, responsive and effective. 


This course gives you a practical set of skills and concepts that will allow you put the principles of responsible research into practice in your own research projects. By analysing case studies and working closely with experts in the field, you’ll develop strategies to ensure your research is future-focused, ethically sound and ready to change the world for the better. 

By completing activities and assessments, the earner of this credential has shown a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of responsible research and innovation and an ability to put them into use. They have explored and analysed the role of responsible research and innovation in a variety of contexts and used that knowledge to create a responsible research framework for a project of their own devising.  This credential was developed in collaboration with the EU-funded project GoNano and is endorsed by the Italian Association for Industrial Research and the Danish Board of Technology. 

Skills and learning outcomes

  • Understand the interrelationships between environmental, social and economic sustainability 
  • Apply sustainability practices professionally, for example in resource use and allocation of resources  
  •  Respect the diversity of values and views that influence sustainable development 
  • Recognise environmental and social impacts on sustainable outcomes 
  • Take responsibility for critical decision-making in ensuring sustainable outcomes and ethical behaviour 
  • Operate within established policies, legislation and regarding sustainability 


  • Demonstrate understanding of RRI theoretical concepts 
  • Explain the value of empathy for those from different backgrounds and viewpoints 
  • Explain the value of including diverse stakeholders in research and innovation
  • Identify how RRI principles can be applied to research and innovation projects 

When can I do it ?

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