Discourse Codification: How Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), interdisciplinarity and agency are constructed and constituted in discourses on smart technologies, systems and associated developments (CANDID report).

This report comprises of discourse-analytic contributions to the CANDID project, and it has a dual function: (i) It aims to bring together discourses on smart technologies, systems and associated developments, explored in three case studies: 1. User and Design Configurations, 2. Risks, Rights and Engineering, 3. Sensing Infrastructures, and associated work on deconstructing the policy discourse; (ii) It aims to function as a guide to peers across to the SSH, ICT and policy sectors, who wish to employ discourse-analytic methods to study innovation discourse in general, and the discourse of smart in particular. We give an overview of the discursive materials, how they were chosen and analysed to make visible the instruments of rhetoric and argumentation. We elaborate on the subject matter – smart technologies, systems and associated developments – in reference to the objectives and aims of the CANDID project, as well as their place in wider innovation practice and policy in Europe. Thereafter, we divide our analysis into three sections. The first looks at constructions of ‘smart’, the second at talk about interdisicplinarity and working across sectors, and the third looks at constructions of agency – human and non-human – how they are included/excluded and managed. The concluding section draws together the findings of this work and discusses some of their consequences.
Maria Xenitidou, Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir
Wednesday, 11 October, 2017