UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Responsible Research and Innovation

From the Internet and mobile phones, to climate change and new cancer treatments, science and technology has the potential to transform our lives. But it also creates new risks and new ethical dilemmas. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) aims to bring these issues into the open, to anticipate the consequences and directions of research and innovation, and involve society in discussing how science and technology can help create the kind of world and future we want.


The UCL RRI Hub was set up to help create a community of people who are active in this new vision of scientific and social development, including researchers, policy makers, representatives from civil society organisations, education and industry, to develop and implement the concept of RRI further and provide a base for research, sharing and training on these issues.

What is Responsible Research and Innovation?

Video produced by the European Commission 

The RRI Hub at UCL aims to build RRI in UCL and beyond through research, collaboration and engagement. It was created as part of a three year long project funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme to develop a series of tools that will foster Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) across Europe.

The RRI Hub is located in the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies.