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 ( 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.

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Selected RRI 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.


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.


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.


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

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