A White Paper titled “Empowering Sustainable City Region Food Systems (CRFS) through Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)” has been delivered, outlining the pivotal role of RRI in achieving the goals of Cities2030.
RRI is at the heart of this initiative, emphasizing the active participation of diverse stakeholders, including citizens, in the research and innovation processes of CRFS. By integrating RRI principles into CRFS development, cities and regions can ensure that these systems align with societal values and needs. The White Paper focuses on three core dimensions of RRI that play a critical role in achieving the objectives of Cities2030:
- Public Engagement: Actively involving citizens in research and innovation activities is essential for a citizen-centered structure. By engaging the public, Cities2030 can gather input, consider concerns, and build trust within the community, shaping CRFS to meet specific needs and preferences.
- Science Education: Promoting scientific literacy aligns with the goal of a citizen-centered structure, empowering citizens to actively engage in decision-making processes by increasing their understanding of research and innovation.
- Governance: Inclusive and transparent governance mechanisms ensure the CRFS design and implementation reflect the perspectives and values of all stakeholders, aligning with the goal of a connected structure centered on the citizen.
By promoting RRI, CRFS Labs from various case studies can collaborate, exchange insights, and devise innovative solutions to overcome obstacles, ultimately contributing to the sustainable transformation of food systems in European cities and regions.