Innovation for What? Unpacking the Role of Innovation for Weak and Strong Sustainability

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This perspective paper aims to contribute to current discussions about
responsible innovation and innovation systems for sustainability. The
paper interrogates the purposes of innovation and its role in sustainable
development. It reflects on the differences between adopting weak or
strong sustainability as the final goal in terms of innovation and
innovation systems. At a meta level, it aims to bring clarity to the use of
concepts like innovation, technology or responsible innovation in relation
to sustainability and sustainable development discussions. The paper
concludes suggesting some areas for future research in the realm of
innovation for sustainable development.


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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sustainability Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch