Book Chapter

Responsible Innovation in Energy Projects: Values in the Design of Technologies, Institutions and Stakeholder Interactions

    Authors:
  • Aad Correljé
  • Eefje Cuppen
  • Marloes Dignum
  • Udo Pesch
| May 2015

Abstract

Projects that deal with unconventional ways to produce, store, or transport energy often give rise to resistance by local communities. The value-laden basis of such resistance is often ignored by decision makers. This chapter operationalizes the concept of Responsible Innovation by using and adapting the approach of value sensitive design. This approach holds that the variety of stakeholders' values might be taken as a point of departure for the (re)design of a technological system in such a way that divergent values can be accommodated. The scope of value sensitive design can be extended beyond the technology, however. Values are also embedded in the institutional context and in the processes of interaction between stakeholders. Hence, the prevention of controversies over conflicting values may be pursued by redesigning the institutional context, and by taking the dynamics of stakeholder interaction explicitly into account.

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For Academic Citation: Correljé, Aad, Eefje Cuppen, Marloes Dignum, and Behnam Taebi. “Responsible Innovation in Energy Projects: Values in the Design of Technologies, Institutions and Stakeholder Interactions.” In Responsible Innovation 2: Concepts, Approaches, and Applications. May 2015.
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