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Responsible Innovation Sustainability Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (RISE)

The RISE Collaboratory comprises researchers who share the following aims and interests in connection with the transformation of society through the promotion and diffusion of sustainable technologies


The mission of RISE is to conduct excellent research on sustainability-related innovation and entrepreneurship, with research agenda open to co-design with a diverse range of stakeholders, and to influence related policies and practices.


An indication of the topics which will be germane to the activities of RISE is given below. This list is open to discussion and will be revised periodically.

1. governance of science, technology and innovation
2. engagement with social movements, non-specialist researchers and innovators
3. improving our understanding of networks of innovation relating to community and social enterprises
4. the work and requirements of innovators and entrepreneurs in the energy sectors and more generally in relation to sustainable technologies
5. institutional change and entrepreneurship
6. practices of (un)sustainable consumption and production
7. the significance and analysis of sustainable discourses for institutional change
8. the opportunities and problems of cross-disciplinary research


RISE welcomes researchers and others whose activities bear on the following themes:

(1). Sustainable technologies
(2). Social, institutional and community entrepreneurship
(3). Networks for sustainable innovation
(4). Public and community engagement for sustainability.
(5). Discourses and institutions for sustainability
(6). (Un)sustainability practices
(7). Responsible research and innovation

Activities and Funding

1. RISE will provide a context and a forum for early career researchers and PhD students to develop their research capability and professional standing. It will facilitate collaboration, networking and dissemination for such members, to support their current and developing research and careers. ECRs are encouraged to play an active role in shaping and executing the RISE agenda and activities, including the staging of training and development events.

2. RISE proposes to hold regular research seminars and workshops, including events open to the general public. RISE will organise sessions at high profile UK and international conferences to promote its research agenda and disseminate the work of its members.

3. In advancing its work RISE will build alliances with networks having contiguous interests, such as the UK Association for the Study of Science Technology and Innovation (AsSIST UK), Sustainable Development Research Network, Sustainable Transition Research Network, European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative and relevant special interest groups of the British Academy of Management and ISBE.

RISE will develop new or build on existing relationships with leading academic journals in which members publish.

4. Funding for RISE will initially come from the YTL Corporation which funds the endowed chair held by Audley Genus at Kingston University. RISE members will collaborate to seek and apply for research and other funding capable of sustaining activities over the longer term.

Organisation and membership

Directors: Professor Audley Genus (Kingston University), Dr Anne Marie Coles (University of Greenwich)

Founding members
: Dr Marfuga Iskandarova; Leigh Champagnie (Kingston University); Dr Athina Piterou; Anton Sentic; Rosita Aiesha (University of Greenwich); Dr Stuart Peters (Queen Mary)                              

Current Events

More events coming soon.

Past Events

1 July 2015-Sustainable innovation doctoral training workshop, University of Greenwich

Upcoming Events