Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Working Group Workshop

Workshop date: 12 September 10am-12pm (UK time)

Host: Xinya You, University for the Creative Arts

Facilitator: Yujia Huang, University of Dundee

Participants: 16 participants from 15 organisations in the UK and China

Multidisciplinary background of participants: fashion, music, museums, design, video games, computer sciences, etc.

Participants’ affiliations:

  • UK: University of Kent, University for the Creative Arts, Northumbria University, Lancaster University, Middlesex University London, Heriot-Watt University, University of Leeds, Aston University, Brunel University, V&A Dundee
  • China: Tsinghua University, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Central Conservatory of Music, Southwest Jiaotong University, Zhejiang Fashion Industry Federation

Purpose: The purpose of this workshop is to help scope a future UK-China Creative Industries Research and Innovation Hub. The theme of this workshop is Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), which refers to the alignment of research and innovation with society values, needs and expectation. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, environmental sustainability, health, poverty, education, privacy, gender, risk, ethical issues.

Workshop agenda:

  • 10-10.10: Introduction to the workshop
  • 10-10.20: Self-introduction
  • 20-12.00: Group brainstorming and discussion (4 groups)

Some findings from the workshop:

  • Participants are interested in many RRI themes, including health education, research ethics, environmental sustainability, design for wellbeing, cyber security and privacy, digital health, smart living, education for children, AI legal issues, textile and health, sustainable fashion, cultural heritage protection.
  • The UK and Chinese creative industries should collaborate on responsible research and innovation for many reasons, such as “learn from each other”, “maximise knowledge and funding”, “[to solve] common challenges”, “[to utilise] different cultural perspectives”, “to explore commercialisation and industrialisation opportunities together”, “to support partnership across industry, policy and education”.
  • Potential areas for UK-China creative industries RRI collaboration include research-industry collaboration, joint research projects and workshops, student and staff exchange, healthcare, environmental protection, digital heritage, artificial intelligence, privacy protection, cyber security inclusive design.
  • How the UK and Chinese creative industries can collaborate on responsible research and innovation: new IP, creative workshops, exhibitions, data base sharing, research projects, research-industry collaboration, academic and industry networking and communication events, etc.


*The results of the workshop will be published in the form of an academic paper.

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