University of Manchester

​​VIRI Member since 2015

The strength of the University of Manchester team working on responsible innovation lies in the depth and breadth of  relevant social science research and expertise. Together they undertake inter-disciplinary research, teaching and policy engagement on the responsible governance and development of new and emerging technologies from the perspective of  science and innovation policy (SIP); sociology of science, technology and society (STS); Ethics and regulatory sciences.

The team comprises:

Philip Shapira, is Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at Manchester Business School and Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. Shapira leads the Responsible Research and Innovation team within the 5 year Manchester SYNBIOCHEM centre, one of six centres funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences (BBSRC) which commenced in December 2014. ( Dr Sally Randles is a Senior Research Fellow at the inter-disciplinary Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR).  Randles/Shapira  co-lead the MIOIR Research Theme : Emerging Technologies, Dynamics and Governance and Randles with Jakob Edler  lead WP3 of the 3 year (2012- 2015) European FP7 project RES-AGorA, tasked with producing a socio-normative governance framework for Responsible Research and Innovation for Europe  Randles is Co-I on SYNBIOCHEM. Dr Andrew Balmer is a Lecturer in Sociology, at the School of Social Sciences and undertakes research and teaching on technology, science and everyday life with a focus on  synthetic biology and medical contexts. Balmer is Co-I on SYNBIOCHEM. Dr Sarah Chan is Deputy Director at the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) and Research Fellow in Bioethics and Law, at the Faculty of Life Sciences. Chan is Co-I on SYNBIOCHEM.. Dr Katie Bulpin is a Research Associate and STS scholar at the School of Social Sciences with special expertise in IGEM Dr Abdullah Gok is a Research Fellow at MIOIR with a special interest in emerging technologies and their implications for business strategy and with specialist methodology skills in text mining and bibliometrics. Dr Yanchao Li is a Research Associate at MIOIR with interests in the evaluation of innovation policies and emerging technologies including new energy and implications for next-generation innovation systems development in China and Russia. Dr Catherine Rhodes is a Research Fellow in Science Ethics at  iSEI, Faculty of Life Sciences with specialist expertise in the international regulation of new and emerging technologies. Xiao Liang is a PhD candidate at MIOIR with a focus on the commercialization of synthetic biology products and processes.

Sally Randles, Senior Research Fellow, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. 

Selected RRI Publications

Shapira, P., Youtie, J., & Yin, L. "Social science contributions compared in synthetic biology and nanotechnology." Journal of Responsible Innovation(2015) . eScholarID:245059

Roco, M.C., Harthorn, B., Guston, D., Shapira, P. (2011) "Innovative and responsible governance of nanotechnology for societal development." In Nanotechnology Research Directions for Social Needs in 2020, ed. Roco, M.C., Mirkin, C.A., Hersam, M.C, 561-617.Springer, 2011. eScholarID:145994 | DOI:10.1007/978-94-007-1168-6_14

Randles, S., Dorbeck-Jung, B., Lindner, R., Rip, A.,(2014) ‘Report of the Roundtable at S.Net 2013 : Where to next for Responsible Innovation?’ in Coenen, C., Dijkstra, A., Fautz, C., Guivant, J., Milburn, C., van Lente, H., eds Innovation and Responsibility,  IOS Press AKA , Heidelberg

Randles, S., Gee, S., Edler, J., (2015) ‘Governance and the Institutionalisation of RRI in Europe: Transversal Lessons from an extensive programme of case studies. Stakeholder Report

Chan S, Sulston J, Harris J. (2014) Ethical Incentives for Innovation. In Intellectual Property Rights: Legal and Economic Challenges for Development. Oxford University Press. eScholarID:82375

Balmer, A.S. "Telling Tales: Some episodes from the multiple lives of the polygraph machine." In Knowledge, Technology and Law, 104-118. Oxon: Routledge, 2015. eScholarID:261999

Molyneux-Hodgson, S. and Balmer, A. S. (2014)  "Synthetic biology, water industry and the performance of an innovation barrier." Science Policy 41, no. 4 : 507-519. eScholarID:175369




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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.