New H2020 project: upscaling of co-creation in Energy and Robotics

A new Horizon2020 project was granted in the topic “Integrating Society in Science and Innovation – An approach to co-creation”. The project, entitled SCALINGS (Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation), addresses the challenge of mainstreaming co-creation across a diverse Europe head-on.

Project summary
In the first ever rigorous comparative study on this topic, we will investigate the implementation, uptake, and outcomes of three co-creation instruments (public procurement of innovation, co-creation facilities, and living labs) in two technical domains (robotics and urban energy) across 10 countries. Using comparative case studies and coordinated cross-country experiments, we explore if and how these instruments can be generalized, transferred, or scaled up to new socio-cultural, economic, or institutional conditions to unleash their innovative power. Based on this unique data set, we will develop two new transformative frameworks – “situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling” – to guide the wider dissemination of co-creation. We will synthesize our findings into an “EU Policy Roadmap” to support ongoing EU innovation policy efforts. Empirically, SCALINGS is closely integrated with over two dozen European co-creation initiatives that deal with cross-cultural transferability on a daily basis. Together with these partners, we will co-create enhanced practices that feed directly back into their work and strategy. Finally, we will launch a training program (boot camp) on co-creation in diverse settings for other EU consortia.

TU/e’s input in the overall project
TU/e will collect empirical results for the Dutch cases and will focus on the ethical aspects of co-creation. The general questions are:
1.    How can co-creation be understood in the light of Value Sensitive Design?
2.    How should typical challenges of value sensitive design (different roles of stakeholders, universality of values, ethical commitments of methodology, measurement of values, …) be treated in a project on co-creation and responsible research and innovation?
3.    Which socio-economic conditions are supportive for co-creation practices?
4.    How can the local co-creation methods be generalized, transferred, or scaled up to new socio-cultural, economic, or institutional conditions?

TU/e will study living labs, such as Brainport Smart District or Team CASA, the innovative procurement program “Jouw licht of 40” (Vision and roadmap urban lighting Eindhoven 2030), and co-creation facilities such as Innovation Lab and Innovation Space.