University of Exeter Business School

Founding Member

Richard Owen has held the Chair in Responsible Innovation at the University of Exeter Business School since 2010. He is a member of the School’s Management Studies department where he is one of a core group of academics who teach and conduct research on strategic innovation management. Richard led the development of a Framework for Responsible Innovation at the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/framework). He also serves as Associate Dean with accountability for research strategy and delivery across the School.

VIRI Leader Richard Owen is the associate dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer and the chair of Responsible Innovation at the University of Exeter Business School.   


Selected Publications

Owen, Richard. 2014. "Responsible Research and Innovation: Horizon 2020 and Beyond." In The Future of Research and Innovation, ed. R. von Schomberg.​ European Commission.

Macnaghten, Phil, Richard Owen, Jack Stilgoe, B. Wynne, A. Azevedo, A. de Campos, J. Chilvers, R. Dagnino, G. di Giulio, Emma Frow, B. Garvey, C. Groves, Sarah Hartley, M. Knobel, E. Kobayashi, M. Lehtonnen, J. Lezaun, L. Mello, Marko Monteiro, et al. 2014. "Responsible Innovation Across Borders: Tensions, Paradoxes and Possibilities. Journal of Responsible Innovation 1 (2), 1-12. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23299460.2014.922249#.U5cUxnLYM1A

Owen, Richard. 2014. "The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Commitment to a Framework for Responsible Innovation." Journal of Responsible Innovation 1 (1): 113-117. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23299460.2014.882065#.VIdga2TF9TQ

Asante, K., Richard Owen, and G. Williamson. 2014. "Governance of New Product Development and Perceptions of Responsible Innovation in the Financial Sector: Insights from an Ethnographic Case Study. Journal of Responsible Innovation 1(1): 9-30. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23299460.2014.882552#.VIdf7mTF9TQ

Owen, Richard, ed. 2013. Responsible Innovation. London: John Wiley Publishers.


Recent Exeter RRI News Items

  • Friday, September 18, 2015

    Jonny Hankins of the Bassetti Foundation posted a blog about the first annual meeting of the Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI), held 14 – 16 July, 2015, in Sussex, UK. 

  • Monday, June 29, 2015

    Jonny Hankins, foreign correspondent with the Bassetti Foundation for Responsible Innovation, has published a review of Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Journal of Responsible Innovation.



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VIRI is supported by the National Science Foundation under collective agreement #1257246.

VIRI is housed at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.