Deputy Director / Senior Researcher
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 and an honorary senior research associate at the Institute of Innovation for Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London, UK. 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.