Ethics Management and Responsible Research and Innovation in the Human Brain Project




Journal Title

Journal ISSN


Volume Title


Edward Elgar Publishing


Book chapter

Peer reviewed


Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a key concept in current discourses concerning research governance and policy. The practice of Ethics Management in the European Union (EU) Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Human Brain Project (HBP) utilises a concept of ‘meta-responsibility’ in order to further RRI. This chapter will explain the theory and practice of meta-responsibility to demonstrate RRI in practice in the HBP.

As a Flagship EC research project, the HBP represents a particular opportunity to espouse the best aspirations of the European research area. In this chapter, particular focus is given to responsible research and innovation as it is theorised and implemented within the HBP.

This article focusses specifically on the role and practice of ethics management in the RRI efforts of the HBP. As such, it presents a truncated and incomplete view. This is unavoidable, given the complex nature of the area – the map is not the territory. Other perspectives are possible, from which other aspects of RRI, and of the HBP overall, might gain or lose emphasis. Nevertheless, here is presented an ethics management perspective on, and role in, RRI so far in the HBP.



Human Brain Project, Responsible Innovation, Ethics


Rainey, S., Stahl, B., Shaw., M., Reinsborough, M. (2017) Ethics Management and Responsible Research and Innovation in the Human Brain Project. In: R von Schomberg (ed.), Handbook - Responsible Innovation: A Global Resource. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd


Research Institute

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)