Douglas Robinson

Douglas Robinson


Chercheur CNRS

Institution de rattachement

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS)

Douglas K. R. Robinson is Deputy Director of LISIS, the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary studies of Science Innovation and Society (LISIS).  Since 2017 Douglas has been a senior researcher at the CNRS, France (Sections 53 and 37), and an honorary senior research associate at the Institute of Innovation for Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London, UK,

Latest Activities

Lead Guest Editor of engaged special issue (12th April 2021)

Douglas is managing Guest Editor of an “engaged” special issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change entitled “GENERALISATION: Reimagining the diffusion of innovation in an era of grand societal challenges.” Find the call for paper development workshop and paper submissions here.

Keynote speech at CBS, Denmark (25th March 2021)

To launch the Copenhagen Business School Digital workshop on Social Science in Green Transition, Douglas was invited to give a keynote in interfacing the technical and social sciences in interdisciplinary projects.  Title: The 3D Mission: Interfacing the technical and social sciences to DESIGN, DEVELOP and DRIVE the Green Transition

Launch of ASIRPA Real-time impact assessment (2nd & 3rd February 2021)

As part of the ANR Programme Prioritaire de Recherche (PPR) « Cultiver et protéger autrement« , Douglas co-animated the kick off workshop, co-developing tools and building capacity with research scientists to anticipate on impact pathways stemming from their mission-oriented research.   More info here.

MOSAIC Project Kick-Off  (26th January 2021)

The H2020 project Mission-Oriented SwafS to Advance Innovation through Co-creation will run until December 2023. As Principal Investigator of the LISIS team, Douglas leads three clusters of activities (Co-creation methods, Missions and Impact assessment tools).

Habilitation (8th December 2020)

Douglas successfully defended his HDR « Managing new technologies: directing emergence and impact ? » in Management Sciences at the Université Paris Dauphine – PSL.


Interdisciplinary by training and in practice, Douglas is an expert in studying emerging fields of science, technology and innovations and characterising their link with socio-economic change. Originally trained as a physicist and space scientist, Douglas has been both researcher and consultant focusing on the emergence of breakthrough technologies and their transformation into working technologies in society.  A large part of his work is connecting academic research with real-world problems, through engagement exercises, operationalising responsible research and innovation (RRI), multi-stakeholder technology assessment and the development of policy relevant intelligence.  As part of this activity, Douglas often combines research with tool development to improve reflexivity and better anticipate on the co-evolution of technology, innovation and society.

Recently, Douglas has been engaged in the ramifications of mission-oriented policies for the research and innovation system, and how missions can be implemented by both targeted policy, by researchers and through co-creation activities.

Alongside publishing scientific articles, Douglas also produces reports on emerging technologies and their ramifications for the economy and for society, recent reports for public agencies and international organisations include OECD, European Space Agency and NASA.

Lab responsibilities

  • Deputy Director (in a Direction Collégiale) of LISIS UMR9003 (2020 – 2024)
  • Membre du Conseil de laboratoire (2020 – 2024)
  • Membre du Conseil de l’École Doctorale Organisations, Marchés, Institutions (ED 530, OMI)
  • Responsible for “PhD Mission” at LISIS
  • Co–responsable of the Innovation Studies team (previously known as Axe 1 & Equipe B comprising approximately 30 members of the lab) 2018 & 2019

Recent publications

Full publication list can be found here.

  • Robinson, D.K.R., Simone, A. and Mazzonetto, M. (2020) RRI Legacies: Co-creation for Responsible, Equitable and Fair Innovation in Horizon Europe. Journal of Responsible Innovation. 
  • Boon, W. P., Edler, J., & Robinson, D. K. R. (2020). Market formation in the context of transitions: A comment on the transitions agenda. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Volume 34, March 2020, Pages 346-347
  • Robinson, D. K. R., & Mazzucato, M. (2019). The evolution of mission-oriented policies: Exploring changing market creating policies in the US and European space sector. Research Policy, 48(4), 936-948.
  • Robinson, D. K. R., Lagnau, A., & Boon, W. P. (2019). Innovation pathways in additive manufacturing: Methods for tracing emerging and branching paths from rapid prototyping to alternative applications. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 146, 733-750.
  • Joly, P. B., Matt, M., & Robinson, D. K. R. (2019). Research Impact Assessment: from ex post to real-time assessment. fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation, 47, 35-40.
  • Clare Shelley-Egan, D.M. Bowman and Douglas K. R. Robinson (2018). Mapping ‘devices of responsibility’ over a decade of responsible research and innovation initiatives for nanoscience and nanotechnology. Science and Engineering Ethics journal. December 2018, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 1719–1746