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Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation

Objective

Co-creation practice – and co-creation research – are at a crossroads: More than ever, initiatives to boost innovation through collaboration among diverse actors are flourishing across Europe. Yet, this mainstreaming poses new challenges to better understand “co-creation processes and outcomes under various cultural, societal and regulatory backgrounds to allow better-targeted policy support” (SwafS-13-17). To date, no systematic studies exist that detail how co-creation instruments operate under different socio-cultural conditions, i.e. if “best practices” will be effective elsewhere or if the resulting products and services are compatible with new markets.
SCALINGS addresses the challenge of mainstreaming co-creation across a diverse Europe head-on: In the first ever rigorous comparative study, 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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SwafS-2017-1
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 079 685

Participants (12)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 775 515
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 472 687,50
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 176 475,89
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 209 455
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION ESADE

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 899,99
Address
Avenida Pedralbes 60-62
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 110 253,05
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET EKONOMICZNY WE WROCLAWIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 180 275
Address
Ul. Komandorska 118/120
53 345 Wroclaw
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 255 125
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOCIAL INNOVATION EXCHANGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 937,50
Address
32 Cubitt Street
WC1X 0LR London
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 135 568,20
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 156 019,11
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR PROFESSIONAL INNOVATION MANAGEMENT LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 137 975,01
Address
Begies 9 Bonhill Street
EC2A 4DJ London
Activity type
Other