Inclusion is one of the key principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI). However, the way it is formulated by policy documents and translated in the RRI literature leave room for various interpretations and diverse practices. Therefore, there is a need for the clarification of this term and the challenges it implies. Present paper attempted to elaborate on the issue of inclusion with regard to RRI alongside the following issues: (1) the opportunity for participating or not participating; (2) the roles and mandates of the participants and (3) power relations and coming back to reality from the safe space of participation. In line with the endeavour of the FoTRRIS project, the paper calls for ‘co-created RRI’ and analyses the challenges of such process through the case of Transition Wekerle Hungary.
In this working paper I bring two strands of my work together: a project1 about responsible research and innovation (RRI; Owen et al. 2012), with the aim to translate the somehow vague concept into practice, and theories and analytical frameworks of feminist technoscience (Haraway 1988, Weber 2006). This connection was initially sparked by a paper from Ulrike Felt, where she discussed the growing demand for “reflexive work” (2016, p.11), especially in the realm of RRI, which she then connected to “care and articulation work” (ibid., p. 12). After I went back to expert interviews, I conducted 2016 for this RRI project, I analysed the discourses about doing responsible science as “matters of care” (Puig de la Bellacasa 2011). This feminist technoscientific perspective illuminates, that the inherent care-politics of RRI could oppose its success as research and innovation strategy to meet the ‘grand challenges’ of our society responsibly.