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Responsible Research Innovation

The wider impacts of science and innovation.

What is Responsible Research Innovation?

The term responsible research innovation (RRI) refers to the wider impacts of science and innovation. Research has the ability to not only produce understanding, knowledge and value, but also unintended:

  • consequences
  • questions
  • ethical dilemmas
  • social transformations

As part of the research and innovation process - researchers should reflect on the potential social, cultural, economic and environmental implications of introducing a new product, service, process or business model to market. 

Tools to support researchers

Colleagues may wish to refer to the following when considering discipline specific approaches. Guest speakers from professional bodies, industry and academia can also stimulate conversations around responsible research innovation in different subject areas. 


Faculty research offices provide local support for researchers developing proposals and the management of Doctoral Training Centres at Newcastle University.

The University's EDI team can offer advice on equality, diversity and inclusion matters.  

The Engagement and Place Team (staff login required) can also offer advice on public engagement activities.