Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 2495691
Sist endret: 11. desember 2020, 11:34

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 2495691
Sist endret: 11. desember 2020, 11:34
Prosjekt

Responsible Innovation in the Norwegian Salmon Farming Industry: Grand Societal Challenges, Dilemmas and Improvements

prosjektleder

Arnt Fløysand
ved Høgskulen på Vestlandet

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • Høgskulen på Vestlandet

Finansiering

  • TotalbudsjettNOK 10.000.000
  • Norges forskningsråd
    Prosjektkode: 299404

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Start: 23. november 2020 Slutt: 31. januar 2024

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Tittel

Responsible Innovation in the Norwegian Salmon Farming Industry: Grand Societal Challenges, Dilemmas and Improvements

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag

Norwegian salmon farming firms are highly influential in the increasingly global salmon farming industry. In 2018, the export value of farmed salmon from Norway totalled 68bn NOK. In addition, Norwegian actors have established production in several countries, particularly Chile, Canada and Australia. Industry actors argue that farmed salmon represents enormous opportunities for shifting human consumption towards more sustainable diets, arguing, inter alia, that salmon is healthy, rich in protein and more environmental-friendly in its production than e.g., beef and cattle. Simultaneously, though, the salmon farming industry faces criticism from different actor groups (e.g. governments and NGOs) regarding its negative (local) environmental and social impact. Different dilemmas arising from tensions between economic, environmental and social challenges have arisen in different geographies, where, e.g., in Norway the industry is under public scrutiny because of its negative environmental impact (linked to waste, sea lice and fish health). In Chile, the second largest production location of farmed salmon in the world, disease problems threaten both economic and environmental sustainability. In addition, social tensions arising from weaknesses in governance systems are evident. Likewise, Australia and Canada are struggling with negative environmental and social effects of salmon farming. 

The project studies such dilemmas arising between economic, environmental and social concerns in the salmon farming industry. Linking this to studies of innovation practices in salmon farming firms in Norway, Canada, Chile and Australia, a core aim of the project is to investigate innovation dynamics and diversified responses to different dilemmas. Through mapping the global networks of leading Norwegian salmon farming firms, we intend to study intersections between salmon farming and local/regional/national conditions in the involved countries. In so doing we wish to identify tensions between economic, environmental and social dilemmas, and the solutions to these tensions by firms in different geographical locations. Furthering this, the project aims to facilitate co-creation of knowledge between different stakeholders towards improvement of innovation practices and their sustainability (i.e. responsibility) in different contexts. This is done by setting up Responsible Innovation Labs (in Bergen, Norway and Chile) involving participating researchers, firms, suppliers and customers, NGOs and regulating authorities. Central topics in the Labs will concern how to implement and adapt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and linking solutions to context-specific challenges and solutions, aiming to spur responsible innovation practices in the industry.

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

This project identifies a threefold knowledge need on responsible innovation in the Norwegian salmon farming industry, where we believe that new theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge is required.

Theoretically, we believe it is needed to develop frameworks able to assess the economic, environmental and social dimensions of innovation and their interplay. In short, we argue that the RRI literature resembles a top-down perspective that focuses mainly on the public governance of research and innovation, while, conversely, the CSR-literature is a bottom-up perspective focused towards the actor-level and the strategies of firms. However, both literatures are normative and provide rather "flat" insights into how public authorities, researchers or firms should act. Accordingly, we add the insight of Global Innovation Networks (GIN) to contextual the specificities of firms responsible innovation practices.

Empirically, we argue that knowledge is needed on how salmon farming firms address dilemmas arising from innovations intended to solve Grand Societal Challenges, exemplified by the industrys adaptation of the UNs  Sustainable Development Goals.

We also hold that practical, co-created knowledge is needed on how practices in firms and the industry can be shifted towards more responsible innovation when Sustainable Development Goals of firms come into conflict between each other. In order to operationalise the mentioned theoretical, empirical and practical requirements coherently, we conduct a comprehensive discussion of
responsible innovation (WP1), before mapping the networks and innovation
activities of Norwegian salmon farming firms (WP2). In WP3, we investigate
the interplay between economic, environmental and social dimensions of
innovation, while WP4 investigates the effects of innovation on the economic
performance of firms. Finally, WP5 improves responsible innovation practices
in the industry through a Responsible Innovation Lab.

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder

Arnt Fløysand

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved Høgskulen på Vestlandet

Jonathan Barton

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Lars Martel Antoine Coenen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Høgskulen på Vestlandet

Ragnar Tveterås

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Avd. for innovasjon, led. og mark.føring ved Universitetet i Stavanger

Heidi Wiig

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Høgskulen på Vestlandet
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Resultater Resultater

Mer differensiert regulering vil styrke norsk lakseoppdrettsnæring .

Fløysand, Arnt; Jakobsen, Stig Erik; Lindfors, Emil Tomson. 2020, sysla.no. HVL, UIBKronikk

Evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternatives.

Coenen, Lars; Morgan, Kevin. 2019, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. CARDIFF, MELB, HVLVitenskapelig artikkel

Expanding the field of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) - from responsible research to responsible innovation.

Jakobsen, Stig Erik; Fløysand, Arnt; Overton, John. 2019, European Planning Studies. VUoW, HVLVitenskapelig artikkel

Exploring the normative turn in regional innovation policy: responsibility and the quest for public value.

Uyarra, Elvira; Ribeiro, Barbara; Dale-Clough, Lisa. 2019, European Planning Studies. UoM, HVLVitenskapelig artikkel
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