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Research – co-creation in science

SISCODE: Co-design for Society in Innovation and Science (2018 – 2021)

SISCODE is an EU-funded project aimed at stimulating the use of co-creation methodologies in policy design. Bottom-up design driven approaches will be used to develop responsible research, innovation and policies.

The project consortium will run European-wide research to understand the dynamics within these co-creation environments as well as the outcomes we can obtain from such approaches. Ten co-creation labs spread around Europe will work with design driven approaches to co-creation to generate real life knowledge, working with local stakeholder groups. This will give policy makers the opportunity to test new, more open ways of conceiving policies to reconnect policy design with grassroots initiatives and citizens. Experimentation is a key element for success.

Results will be compared to devise a set of co-creation methodologies suitable for scalability and replication. Having access to co-creation in real-life contexts will encourage policy-makers to transform the way policies are conceived and to close the divide between citizens and policy making.

Keywords: co-creation, methodologies, policy design, real-life knowledge

Contributed by: Trupti Patel, University College London



Scaling up co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation (2018 – 2021)

SCALINGS is an interdisciplinary European research project that explores the avenues and limits for the wider use of co-creation and open innovation practices across Europe.

The project aims to investigate and shape the implementation of co-creation practices in the technological domains of robotics, urban energy and autonomous driving. The programme is a response to recent calls for greater responsiveness and responsibility in innovation practice, and broader trends to organise innovation more openly, democratically, and with a view towards concrete local needs and contexts.

SCALINGS is funded by the European Union’s Horizon2020 programme in the section Science with and for Society. The UCL STS department is the UK partner.

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Keywords: co-creation, open innovation, local needs, robotics, urban energy, autonomous driving

Contributed by: Cian O’Donovan, University College London




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