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SISCODE: Understanding Co-Creation

SISCODE is a three-year project aiming to understand the co-creation phenomenon that is flourishing in Europe and to look at its context. Co-creation will be analysed in particular in the light of Responsible Research and Innovation and Science, technology and innovation policies. SISCODE is a research project in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework and was officially launched in May this year. The project aims to better understand co-creation as a bottom-up and design-driven phenomenon.

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Co-creation ecosystems are necessary for the development of social innovation and its contribution to Public Engagement (PE) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). However, there are still several barriers left that are hindering these developments, such as a lack of awareness and understanding co-creation, and SISCODE aims to tackle them.

For this, SISCODE will create and run a European-wide study of existing co-creation ecosystems, experiment with design as a new system of competences, and work to understand the culture, organisational and procedural transformations needed to embed co-creation as a design-driven approach in RRI processes and Science, technology and innovation (STI) policy making.

The consortium is currently setting a theoretical foundation. Christoph Kaletka, Jennifer Eckhardt and Daniel Krüger from the Social Research Centre (sfs) of the TU Dortmund University authored a report about the theoretical foundation for a better understanding of co-creation. This report is building a framework for SISCODE’s next step: the analysis and comparison of cases, projects and initiatives of co-creation across Europe. The report details the cultural, institutional, societal and regulatory dimensions to offer a comprehensive overview on how co-creation is taking place.

Additionally, Melanie Smallman and Trupti Patel from the University College London looked into the place of co-creation in the RRI research landscape. Their report identified, recorded and compared previous and on-going initiatives and projects that have developed and tested RRI approaches. Furthermore, Francesca Rizzo and Alessandro Deserti, both Professors for Design at Politenico di Milano, Italy, and the Team from the Danish Design Centre investigated co-creation in RRI practices and STI policies. Their final report on this issue provides a conceptual basis for the development of the project and the research framework.