RRI Tool: Embedded Ethicist

Your own in-house ethical reflection practioner

The embedded ethicist helps you reflect on and deal with the moral aspects of your research along the road. This helps you to anticipate and deal with ethical issues in your innovative work. During the innovation process you have to make choices involving ethical issues, for instance when they touch upon health and safety of your workers, the consumers or the larger environment. Handling and anticipating such issues can benefit from a fresh perspective, that pulls you out of your routine thinking. That’s where the Embedded ethicist comes in.

When to Use This Tool

When you would like to improve proactive thinking and challenge your standard way of thinking

How to Use This Tool

Embedded ethicist in your research department who stimulates reflection and deliberation can help raise awareness and build capacity

Tool Categories

Place of application: Research
Purpose of tool: Technical Advice

Tool Developed By

Required Investment

12 weeks, 2 hours per week or level of ambition

Expertise Needed

Expertise level required when you do it yourself:

  • Not applicable

External support:

  • Consultant can advise and help you with the implementation

Expected Results

  • Keeping a fresh perspective on your innovation and its possible consequences for society.
  • Innovations that anticipate and take societal consequences into account.

This can contribute to innovations that meet values and needs of society and may influence your market share.