Doing co-creation: power and critique in the development of a European health data infrastructure

Ulrike Felt, Susanne Öchsner, Robin Rae, Ekaterina Osipova

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This paper engages with the translation of the abstract concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into practice. Our investigation is situated within a large-scale European project seeking to develop a citizen-centered digital health data platform. We specifically engage with co-creation practices and their potential for creating and maintaining inclusive environments generative of critique and empowerment. Critique for us means questioning practices and the modes of thought they rest on, both of ourselves and participants in the co-creation process. We combine a narrative analysis of EU funding calls framing the project with a reflection on our experiences as STS scholars during the co-creation process and on how citizens formulated their critique regarding the health data infrastructure. We end discussing the possibilities and limits of such a co-creation approach and the spaces and modes of critique made possible and, thus, how it lives up to the promises of responsible innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2235931
JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 509017 Social studies of science
  • 509025 Technology studies


  • co-creation
  • digital health
  • frictions
  • Infrastructure
  • modes of critique

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