Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation

The project “Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation” (CASI) is proposed as a response to one of the Grand Challenges set out in the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, namely “Climate action, environment resource efficiency and raw materials”.

It represents an EU-wide cross-sectors involved and their inherent interests. It thus effectively integrates the perspectives of civil society, SMEs, industry, policy stakeholders, and leading academics.

This collaboration investigates the scope of sustainable innovation as a societal phenomenon and enables the elaboration of an assessment framework of sustainable innovation practices, whose application can be successfully integrated into public policy developments.


CASI is based on the understanding of innovation as a key driver of societal progress in the age of technology and of imminent uncertainties about the future. Sustainable innovation, on the other hand, further enhances this understanding by introducing sustainability as a focal core of the innovation process. At the same time, this is not an attempt to introduce yet another distinctive type of innovation. Rather, CASI will foster debate on conceptual dimensions, policy boundaries, and good practices combining innovative pursuits with sustainability objectives.

A key ambition of the project is to develop a coherent methodology for the assessment of sustainable innovation practices, based on a sound conceptual framework and a shared understanding of sustainability in innovation among stakeholders. It will define the context of sustainable innovation, as well as introduce sustainability as an objective of innovation diffusion through social and market opportunities.

CASI will further explore the impacts of innovative practices, as well as of specific technological and social innovations, vis-à-vis the persisting challenges of climate change adaptation and resource depletion, and the societal effects thereof. Thus it will make a more thorough inquiry into the balance between the social, economic and environmental impacts of innovations, and will help determine the scope and priorities for national and EU policy making.

Quick facts about CASI:

  • CASI is a project supported by the Science I Society Programme of FP7, Theme SiS.2013.1.2-1 “Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Action Plans: mainstreaming Science in Society actions in research”.
  • CASI activities are distributed across 11 work packages, and include a total of 40 different tasks. It will run for 42 months, from January 2014 until June 2017.
  • CASI includes 19 partner organisations from 12 countries in the European Union, and relies on an extended network of national experts in the remaining 16 countries not represented in the consortium to ensure coverage and inquiry in every EU member state.

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